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Rocketfish™ - 4-Port HDMI Switch - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 4991 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Auto-Switching Is Unintelligent

    Posted
    drtrmiller
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I do not like the auto-switch performance. Auto-switching on this product is driven entirely by a connected HDMI device powering on. When a connected device is powered on and starts to send an HDMI signal, the HDMI switch automatically selects that device as the input signal. So what happens if a device is powered on while another is already sending a signal? Well, if one device is sending a signal, for example, a set top box that is always on or in standby, and then a Blu Ray player is powered on, then this HDMI switch auto-switches to the Blu Ray player. So good so far. Unfortunately, that's where the compliments end. You see, when the Blu Ray player is switched off, this device doesn't auto switch back to the other connected device which is continuing to send a signal, because this product only auto-switches when a device is powered on. So the set top box, in this example, must be powered off, and then back on, for auto-switching to function. Alternatively, the unit may be manually switched by remote or a button on the product. Extremely inconvenient. This is in contrast to other HDMI switches, which more intelligently switch back if one device is powered off but another powered on device continues to send a signal. Even this is no help if you have multiple devices that are sending a signal at once. But it is far more helpful than the Rocketfish implementation. Adding to the inconvenience is the 5 volt AC/DC adapter. The product won't function at all without it. Many HDMI switches use the more convenient micro USB connector standard, and some even function without a dedicated power cable/supply if a connected HDMI device is capable of passing power through the HDMI connection, such as the Nvidia Shield. I'm returning the product for a much smarter product I got at a different retailer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bought two, both have issues

    Posted
    Setzer

    I bought two of these boxes to hook up multiple components to an older tv with only 2 HDMI ports. I bought one initially which was working fine, and then a second one about a month later once I needed the additional ports. I even waited several weeks before trashing the receipts, to make sure everything seemed stable. Now, of course, the original box is non-functional. It has power, will switch inputs, but will not relay a signal from any of the 4 devices hooked to it. I did the usual testing - hooked the same components into TV, changed cables, etc - and determined it must be an issue with the box/output since everything else worked standalone. The second box is still functional, but I didn't realize there was a problem with it until I hooked up additional components. Ports 2 and 4 seem fine and work as expected, but either 1 and 3 are mislabeled or the wiring inside is crossed. Device hooked into port 1 gets a signal on 3, and vice versa. All in all, product seems very poorly made - despite Best Buy pushing it as superior over other brands they carry (I believe they now own Rocketfish). The price point makes this even worse. Similar devices are half the price on Amazon, and even if they work half as well, that would be a slight improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stay away! DO NOT BUY!

    Posted
    Bats
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Open and set up out of the box was good. Then you start to use the actual piece of caca and it doesn't work. First when you go to turn on your tv and it's hooked up to the switch you will always have to go from one input to the other so that it is able to read it. You will have this problem every time you turn on your tv. It should not be this bug ridden for the price. It works when it wants. You can try power up then power down. But that doesnt work. You can try and switch (lol) see what I did there) the HDMI connections to see if this fluke and or delay in noticing what is conecting to it will change the way it works. But it will not. It doesn't matter what you do with it. It will not work the correct way without you having to complain about the lag it has when you turn on your tv with your cable box and or with anything else that it is connected to. If you buy this expensive switch you will be wasting your time and money. Go with something else other than Rocket Fish. Because the name stays true to what it is. A fish..........it will swim away with your money and Rocket your anger and frustration to the next level. Good luck and have fun if you buy this PO1S.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    piece of junk

    Posted
    CrazyDay

    I have a tv with only 1 hdmi input, i did have a belkin switcher that worked great for about a year and stopped. so i figured i'd buy something a little more costly thinking it may last longer, big mistake. first of all I bought this in store, it was the only switcher they even had in the store. the salesman said that it did not auto switch the devices, which i thought kinda pricy for a device that doesn't.... my belkin did autoswitch and cost ½ as much. now the package insert says the devise does support auto switching as long as the connected devices support it. funny thing is i have the same devices connected as i did my belkin, the belkin auto switched and this does not. ok so at this point its just an inconvenience and I've decided i can deal with having to manually switch. I just got a wii u and i have it plugged into input 1 on the device. when i have the tv on and turn on my wii u, the game system starts and everything displays on the game pad, but nothing on the tv. to get the signal to the tv i have to manually change to a different input on the switch box and back to input 1, then it works. i have to do this every time. $80 for a device that doesn't even work properly, avoid it at your own cost.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    does some things but not others

    Posted
    nottherealColumbo

    We have only one port on TV hence had to look for a solution. Bought $40 switcher from electronic store, remote did not work properly, was returned the next day. Bought 3-port switcher cable from eforcity through Best Buy, this item accepted signal from Sony Blue Ray but did not accept Satellite TV (DirectTV), was in process to return this item to eforcity. While at Best Buy to pick up a battery charger bought this rocketfish in hopes this pricey unit would solve problem. Hooked everything up and unit accepts satellite TV but does not accept signal from Sony Blue Ray. Now I had two different switchers, each which would accept only one input. Found solution by plugging 3-port switcher cable into port on back of TV and now the TV has 3 ports. Satellite box was plugged into rocketfish port 1, then Rocketfish output was plugged into port 1 of eforcity cable, and Sony Blue Ray was plugged into port 2 of this cable bypassing the rocketfish and everything worked. I have no idea why eforcity cable now accepts satellite signal after routing it through the Rocketfish first. This was my $100 solution to plugging in just two devices into my 1-port TV. Oh, and by the way, the Rocketfish does not automatically switch between devices no matter how it is hooked up, you HAVE to use the remote to move between devices. This experiment was performed today 11-22-13 now we have to wait and see if any of this self-destructs as mentioned in some of the other reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly

    Posted
    ItalyTulbitFun
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this switch a coupe months ago and it was very easy to install and get to work. The auto switching capability is great, but you have to make sure that your device supports CEC or it will not switch automatically. I can even program it into my Harmony remote, which is great. The problem I have with this device, it that the picture will constantly go in and out. Sometimes I even get black boxes all over my screen. All devices are working perfectly fine without the switch installed. I upgraded my HDMI cables thinking that maybe the cables were the problem, but it did not work. So I gave up and took it out thinking it was a defective product. Last week I decided to purchase another one, thinking that this time it may work. I was wrong. As soon as I plugged it in, I got the exact same problem right out of the box. I feel like this is a manufacturer defect and will be returning it to the store. Will not buy another one. Too expensive for a product that does not work. Hopefully Best Buy will start carrying a different brand HDMI switch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to!

    Posted
    RoseGirl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have an older model Mitsubishi plasma tv from 2005 that has only HDMI slot. My old DVD was connected by component input to the TV. When we decided to upgrade our home theater and move the Mitsubishi to another room and get a new streaming DVD player, I was short one HDMI slot to connect both my DirectTV receiver and the new DVD player. I'm told newer model DVD players are no required to have options for component hookup. The Best Buy rep suggested this device that would increase the number of HDMI connections available. I purchased this and it works like it's supposed to! The Rocketfish does require plugging into an electrical outlet. Also, I needed an extra HDMI cable to connect from the TV's HDMI slot to the Rocketfish device. I then connected one HDMI cable from the Rocketfish to the DirecTV receiver and another HDMI cable plugged from the Rocketifsh into the DVD player. The Rocketfish comes with a remote to select the HDMI port input (four available), but I configured my Harmony 650 remote to automatically switch by activity used. Port one is for watching DirecTV and port two is for my streaming DVD player. This method was more expensive than I wanted to go, but it was easy and to set up it does allow for all HDMI connections with my devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent USB Switch for the money

    Posted
    Mikkig92
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am extremely happy with this purchase. I had a switch I bought years go on clearance at Best Buy. It worked, but I never realized I needed one that plugged into a wall - in other words, that was powered. I always noticed my tv and Xbox "surging" at intervals, especially when my AC or heat came on, or a light was turned on. I recently noticed my surge protector on my Xbox going out. I thought I needed a new surge protector. I moved to a new house and had the same issues, so I thought it was the switch. I researched the switches on BB's website and based on the reviews, purchased this one. I am not disappointed! It works right out of the box-just plug it into the wall and plug in the USB cables. I have not had an issue with surges since! And my Xbox surge protector works perfectly now. So money well spent, purchased on sale, I believe under $30. The surge protector for Xbox would have been triple that! I appreciate BB for quality products, return policy and variety of items to choose from!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy not worth the money

    Posted
    DailyDealer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    1st one I got would not pass the signal through to the TV after about a week.. Disconnected switch and made sure all cables worked with no Switch in place and they did. All HDMI cables are Rocketfish brand. Returned and got a 2nd switch. 2nd switch 25% of the time will not pass the signal through from the direct TV box to the TV. I have to shut off everything off and try again that usually works. Also the sound will just randomly stop. If you switch to another input the sound usually will come back. Again I can unhook the switch and hook directly to the TV and I never have issues with the sound or picture and the cables I am using are Rocketfish cables bought from Best Buys daily deals. The cables are only 3' long if you were thinking I was trying to hook up with really long cables and the signal was losing strength. The auto detected hardly ever works as well. I should have returned the 2nd one as well but the tv I use it on I dont use very often and only has 1 HDMI input and this does beat unhooking cable all the time. Find a better product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with my projector but maybe your tv

    Posted
    Mark
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I thought this would work my my Epson 2150 projector that I bought from Best Buy but when I hooked it up to my Directv box and tried using it with the projector, it wouldn’t allow my projector to projector in 1080. It would only do 480! It did the same thing when I hooked up my blu-Ray player as well. Not only did the signal project in 480 but it also changed the ratio to 4:3 and didn’t project in 16:9. When I plugged my Directv box or my blu-Ray player directly into the projector no problems. I will be returning this. So frustrated as I hoped to be able to switch between my Directv box and my blu-Ray player without having to unplug one to plug in the other. I don’t know if this will work with a tv or not so I am giving it 3 stars instead of one and clicking the box not to recommend only because it didn’t work with my projector. Having said that it may work with your tv.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Switch!

    Posted
    Zaise
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I needed a switch because I have one HDMI input on my monitor and three devices I need to hook up and I was tired of unplugging and replugging in every time. This product is easy to set up and use. I like that with the one button on the top of the device I can turn on and off the device and switch between what I have hooked up to it. I don't use the remote much since I'm never more than an arms reach from my switch, but for the sake of the review I tried it out for a day and it's very responsive, so if you have the switch in your entertainment center and you're too far to get up and switch it every time, then there's that for you. Also, another major plus, is that it does NOT auto detect products, which is why I've had to return several other brands of switches. I really don't like auto switch because sometimes one of my devices (like my PS3) will turn on automatically to do an update and then the device will switch to that and I'll have to pause what I'm doing and switch it back. This device does NOT do that, which is a major plus for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Has a mind of its own

    Posted
    eBarry
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is one of the most frustrating products I've ever bought. Whenever I switch my TV input to this it automatically turns on my BD player and switches to it. The vast majority of the times I want to watch a DVR and that will come up briefly before it switches to the BD player. I switch it back to the DVR which comes up for a few seconds then it switches back to the BD player. It usually takes 3 times before it will stay on the DVR. But, if I switch to another TV input and then go back to this it will again go to the BD player. I moved the BD player to the 4th input in hopes it would make it the lowest priority but it had no effect. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they enjoy getting jerked around by an electronic device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good solution for remote equipment but....

    Posted
    Jimmer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I keep my cable box, receiver, DVD player and amp in a remote cabinet in a different room and use infrared remote transmitters. This keeps all the clutter out of the family room where the TV is. My receiver is an older Onkyo without HDMI ports. It is a 60' run of HDMI cable from the stack to the TV. Rather than run another cable I bought this HDMI switch. I paid more than one I could buy online and hoped I was getting a good one, plus the convenience of getting it at Best Buy. The issue is it occasionally drops out so the signal from the cable box to the TV freezes for 3-4 seconds and then continues. If I bypass the switch all is well. I guess I will return it for another and see if that solves the issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility Issues

    Posted
    GaryE90000
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This device has compatibility issues with my Dell computer with Nvidia graphics card. The computer would just lock up on boot. Ended up using this HDMI switch on a tv with Amazon fire stick and an older Gateway pc converted into a dvr. There are better devices out there. This device is rather large compared to the competition. One good thing is this switch comes with a power supply while the competitors do not because they rely on the HDMI signal itself to power the device. But that does not always work. My Mac Mini hdmi puts out such little power it could not power the competitors hdmi switch. So I had to purchase a power supply. Bottom line is this is a good device if you don't run into compatibility issues. The reason I did not return this product is it has one HDMI input on the front for temporary connection to a device. That is a nice feature.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Meets My Needs

    Posted
    Melissus2Go
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I find it incredible that the newer TVs only come with one or two HDMI ports when almost every device now days connects via HDMI. Hence the need for this type of product. I found it works nicely and provides clear through put. The only gripe I have is it does not automatically switch when you change inputs like the directions say it will do. You have to manually change from port to port. This isn't a big deal for me but it can be frustrating when you don't remember which device you have linked to a certain port. Example, did I link my Xbox to port 1 or 2 or 3 or 4? So you have to turn it on and cycle through them all until you find it since the switch doesn't do it for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Rocketfish™ - 4-Port HDMI Switch

    Posted
    ecniveel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Rocketfish™ - 4-Port HDMI Switch works pretty well but not great. I had to cycle through the inputs on the unit to reacquire the signal every time I turned the TV back on. There was definitely a learning curve for the wife and children. It is always better to run separate independent HDMI lines if possible. These units are a little quirky but will definitely work better and longer than the Phillips products. Also, I may mention that these units are susceptible/ sensitive to power surges so you may want to have it plugged into a nice surge protection outlet, as well. I've already lost one that way. Best Buy was nice enough to take care of me even after a year of use. This product serves a specific need but is definitely not the best solution to AV installation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great when not enough HDMI ports

    Posted
    blueshirt6476
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Our main TV only has two HDMI ports, but we currently have three devices which connect via HDMI. I bought the RocketFish HDMI port selector and found it to be very easy to setup and use. I was concerned that I would have to train my Harmony 650 universal remote to control it, but the codes were already in the library, so setup was a snap. We've not used the auto-switching feature because our Harmony 650 remote switches the inputs for us and turns-off unused devices. We can now connect up to five HDMI devices to my TV (4 in RocketFish HDMI port selector + 1 additional in TV). Overall we are very happy with our RocketFish HDMI port selector. I am a BestBuy employee and work in the Home Theater department. I purchased the RocketFish HDMI port selector, and am not being compensated by either BestBuy or the manufacturer for this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    Posted
    Matt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Went to Best Buy looking for a receiver to plug all of my components into and to operate through. The salesman asked if we were hooking speakers up to it (it was going in a bedroom), so we said no. He recommended the rocketfish as a cheaper solution. We purchased it instead of a receiver based on his recommendation. It was easy to install and worked with one problem. When you turn the TV on your screen will come up black rather than the last component you were using. In order to get it to the component you would like to use, you must select another input and then come back to the one you want. It's not a big deal but is an inconvenience. For that reason I would not purchase this product or reccomend it to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the Trick

    Posted
    Chubbs
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This product is perfect for anyone who has a TV with limited HDMI ports. I personally bought this product to run in series with MyWirelessTV2. I basically have all of my devices (Playstation, AppleTV, Cable, etc.) running to the 4 Port switch which is then connected to the Transmitter. This allows me to transmit anything I am displaying on my main TV to my bar TV. The Switch seems to work okay with the Transmitter, however, there are sometimes issues where the Switch needs to be turned OFF and ON in order to work properly. I do not blame this on the product; I imagine that when this switch was designed, they may not have anticipated using it in the manner that I am. Either that or the Transmitter is the cause. Either way, this product allowed me to meet my entertainment displaying goals. The remote for the switch is definitely a PLUS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Had my concerns

    Posted
    MJ301
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After reading the reviews I didn't know how adding this would work out. I have an older TV with only 2 HDMI ports but wanted to add Apple TV. So decided to take a chance and to had Geek squad install everything using the Total Tech program, including a replacement Harmony remote. They came out did a great job and the surprise was that they also programed the HDMI switcher and Apple TV into the Harmony remote. So TV, blue ray, Apple TV, Directv, audio are all controlled with that one remote. The screen on the remote has buttons for each device, one press and I'm accessing the function I want. Sweet. The HDMI switcher automatically switches to whatever function I choose.

    I would recommend this to a friend