oculus rift hdmi extension

Looking For Oculus Rift HDMI Extension? Then Read This!

I love my Oculus Rift, don’t get me wrong, but I completely understand the issue of needing an Oculus Rift HDMI extension.

After all, not everyone has a small room. Sometimes even, stuff is just in the way and it makes it difficult for people to navigate around, especially when the cable is so short.

I’ve run into this problem countless of times when doing showcasing of virtual reality in my country. Not fun.

First of all, you need to know some things. With Oculus Rift headset, you will have to get a USB extension also, and preferably if they were the same length.

In addition, not all extensions will work. Sometimes it’s a GPU issue, and sometimes it’s due to the length of the cable. You will have to use HDMI repeaters (in short for high definition multimedia interface) if the length is more than 10 ft long.

So, let me help you and show you what you should buy. There are few options:

Recommendation nr. 1

oculus rift hdmi extension 1

Buy HDMI Extension: AmazonBasics High-Speed Buy Male to Female HDMI Extension Cable – 10 Feet

USB 3.0 Extension: Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB A Male to Female Extension Cable 10 Feet

Total cost: $17

This is my number 1 recommendation. I chose them as such because they have the longest cables that have been tested by others with their VR devices, and they work wonderfully.

It always helps to know that it works on others, but GPU matters also, and these ones have been tested on GTX 1070 and GTX 1080.

There is a huge chance they will work with your GPU also, so don’t sweat too much. Just make sure that you buy specifically these ones.

Recommendation nr. 2

oculus rift hdmi extension 2

Buy HDMI Extension: Commercial Series High Buy Speed HDMI Extension Cable

USB Extension: Select Series USB-A to USB-A Female 3.0 Extension Cable – Black, 6ft

This one I recommend because the Oculus company itself has it in recommendations. The only few problems I have with it is that it’s not really long enough. 6ft can work for some but considering that you may want to walk around, it can truly limit you. Also, Oculus hasn’t really done an extensive testing with it. There is a big chance of it working correctly, but we can’t be 100% sure. Frankly, none of these options are so.

When you click on the link, make sure that you buy the 6ft cable ones, because on USB link it is set to 1.5ft by default.

Total cost: $12.3

This one is also the cheapest solution. Now, let’s go with the third recommendation.

Recommendation nr. 3 (as an extra)

oculus rift hdmi extension 3

Buy HDMI repeater: HTC Vive Link Box

This one has been suggested by so many people that I even lost track. If you have read the forums, people have been using it with great success. Its only drawback is that you won’t increase the cable length with it. It’s more of a fail safe and confirmation that your extension is really going to work.

You see, in some cases, you may see a black image, just nothing comes out with HDMI extenders. If that’s the case, you probably need a repeater, and this one serves its job spectacularly.

It is made for Vive obviously but since you can buy it separately (and it works well with Oculus Rift also) I have no reason not to suggest it to you. You will need it, especially if your HDMI extension is over 10ft long.

However, you also need to buy a power adapter with it, as well as additional cables. These things are also seen in the “Frequently Bought Together” section.

So make sure to keep that in mind. Other than that, with these recommendations, you should be good to go!

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  1. Hi guys! I have a Rift and i bought 2 different hdmi brand and neither worked. Always a black screen on my rift. The extension lenght is 6ft. Do i need an hdmi repeater on that case? I run my rift on a 1070 gpu.

    Thanks!

    1. Hmm if it’s only 6ft long, a repeater is probably not the problem. Are you on desktop PC or laptop?

      I would advise talking to Oculus support since in extreme cases, they are the ones that can give you a new rift IF the problem relies on a faulty product.

      – Alex

  2. He, forget my last post. I just found out something. But im at work, so cannot test it yet.
    I saw the picture of my charging device, theres a little key, it’s for turning up the voltage. I bet thats what wrong. Although i havent got the key. 🙂

  3. Well, I must be unlucky. And no way to tell which part is broken it seems.
    I bought the “Goobay 59032 3 12 V Universal Power Supply with Maximum, Black” with the important DC connector size: 3.5mm*1.35mm for the Vive box.
    But, my Oculus headset will not turn on. When yanking the connector off and turning it around 180 and putting it in again, the charger goes from off to on, but still, headset do not turn on.
    And… worst of all, no way to tell if the Vive Box receives power. No indicator.

  4. Hi m8, I followed your advice on buying “Recommendation nr. 3 (as an extra)”
    But would have been nice if you included what cables would be needed for buying it.
    At first, you will find out you will be missing the power adapter for it. It is typical sold without it.
    Next up, you advice buying male to female cables.
    But for this link box I guess i would be needing male to male from PC to link box for this to work.

    1. Hi, thank you for pointing this out. I apologize for the mistake. I’ve fixed the article and added all the necessary components needed for the 3rd recommendation.

      – Alex

    1. Life has hit me hard this and the end of last year, brother. However, I am now more than committed to posting as regularly as I can.

      – Alex

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