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Adding a usb to tv

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Mrcobra, Sep 10, 2018.

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  1. Mrcobra

    Mrcobra Thread Starter

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    Ok try to stay with me as I attempt to explain this as best I can

    So I purchased a set of monster sound light led strips for what I thought I was going to use on the back of my tv. When I unboxed these lights I noticed that they connected by using a usb(male). I thought, no big deal, I'll just plug them into the usb(female) port on the tv. Much to my surprise my TV does not have a usb port.

    So here is my question. Do they make an adapter that has a usb(female) to hdmi(to tv)

    The light have the usb(male)

    And seeing as though I only have two hdmi ports I have already ordered an hdmi switch to give me 3 additional hdmi ports.

    Thank you in advance and I hope that I explained this well enough to understand.
     
  2. Triple6

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    No, but the easier solution is to use a simple USB charger like those for a cell phone, tablet, etc. You can buy one pretty much anywhere or you may have one already that you are not using from a phone or other device kicking around the house.
     
  3. Mrcobra

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    how would that correct my issue? Or am I missing something here ?(which is possible)
     
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    Are those lights designed to vary with the audio from the TV ?
     
  5. Mrcobra

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    Yes
     
  6. Triple6

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    By providing power to the lights, that's all the USB port on a TV would do.
     
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    OK, so are these lights for PC then and have an audio chip built in or something? What's the exact model of them?

    I don't see how they could vary with the audio through a USB port since no TV sends audio out a USB port. More likely the USB port is just for power and the lights have a microphone or similar audio device that detects the sound and then does it's thing..
     
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    This is what I was thinking Rob. Or maybe some Bluetooth signal from something...
     
  9. Mrcobra

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    These lights are "technically" for a pc BUT if my tv had a usb port they would work the same way.

    There is a built in microphone. I do not need tv audio out to a usb, I just need the power from the tv(I believe)
     

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    Ok, then if you just need power then a phone charger will give it power.

    And a USB port on a TV and a USB port on a computer has different functionality, the PC can use the USB for much greater functionality than a TV which is limited to using it as storage.
     
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  11. Mrcobra

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    Now I think I get ya. your saying just use one of these and put(stick) the lights to the back of the tv ?
     

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    Isn't there instructions on the box or a user manual?

    Here is a YouTube video:
     
  13. Mrcobra

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    There are instructions on how to connect the usb to the strip, nothing more. IF my tv had a usb connection I would not be here in the first place.
     
  14. Triple6

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    If the LED strip just uses the USB for a power source then you just need to plug it into any USB charger and it should light up.
     
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