Organizing Audio, Network, and Power Cords

Note: This page is old and refers to our 2019 - 2020 broadcasting setup.

Plug in 3.5 mm Audio Cord

  • Locate the audio out. The 4/5 building has one that works. The 1/2/3 building has one that delivers bad sound. The 6/7 building doesn't have one. (These latter two buildings use a FIFINE mic instead with a USB extension cable)

  • Run the cord to where the laptop will be located.

  • Plug a cable with a TRS/3 pole/2 black ring end or TRRS/4 pole/3 black ring end into the jack.

  • On the other end, you likely need a TRS-to-TRRS converter so that the audio out's left/right feed is converted into a mic feed. (Note: Some laptops can recognize left/right line in as a mic in, and so a converter may not be necessary)

Plug in Ethernet Cable

  • Locate an ethernet jack. Most pulpit areas have one, and it may also be in a hidden location.

    • Do not use wifi, as this will likely fail once a full congregation enters the room and all devices compete for one access point.

    • Plug the cord into the jack.

    • Run the cord alongside the audio cord where the laptop will be located.

Plug in Extension Cable and Tape Down

  • Run the Extension Cable alongside the other two cables

  • Note: Take care to leave some separation between the two. Electrical cables can cause interference when placed in parallel alongside ethernet cables. In my testing, I left about a 1 inch gap between the two, and I was able to still transmit video without any problems.

  • Use gaffer tape to tape down the cables. This process is much easier with two people.


Plug in Surge Protector and Tidy Up

  • Our stake keeps the taped down cords, the surge protector, and tripod out between meetings.

  • Everything else (laptop, camera, and any cords that plug into the camcorder or laptop) are put into a box, and the box is put into a locked room until the following Sunday.