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Since Cat5e/Cat6 extenders (aka Baluns) work differently than typical ethernet networks, the quality of the network cable you use really does matter. The bottom line is that Ethernet networks have corrective measures in place to help balance the data load and prevent packet loss, while point-to-point extenders like this don't have this option. For this reason, using cable with extra shielding and extra-robust conductors (like our SSTP Cat6 cables made for extenders) to overcome any potential attenuation issues is recommended. You can read more in this article.
HDMI over Cat5 Technology and the Limited HDMI Standard
HDMI over Cat5 technology is relatively new and vital to scenarios where high definition digital signals must be extended over distances longer than 16 feet. HDMI's distance spec officially states that, beyond 16 feet, the signal is not guaranteed to perfectly arrive without some sort of active boosting. This booster will overcome this distance limitation while providing a more cost effective cabling solution as well.
For the best quality over lengths exceeding 100ft. Sewell suggests using Pure Copper Cat5 cable or Cat6 cable. This shouldn't be a problem for most people, as the majority of Cat5 cable installed in homes meets these standards.
Cat5e cable, or ethernet cable, is a fraction of the cost of long HDMI cable, mainly due to the different requirements of building these two different cable types. HDMI cable typically requires much more copper and is much thicker than Cat5e networking cable. Also, many modern buildings these days are already wired with Cat5 cable, making this solution by far the most cost effective and least labor intensive solution available.
How This Works
This kit comes as a pair, with one sender unit and one receiver unit. Simply connect this pair together with one networking cable: unlike older technology, this extender uses only one cable for the HD signal, and for data (such as EDID and other control signals). Each set-up requires only one line of Cat5e. Once you've connected your HDMI cables to the sender and receiver boxes, and once the included power supplies are connected to both the receiver box and the sender box, your extension system is ready.
Note: The lights that come on when the connections are made may vary in color.
Mfg. Part Number
- Link by Sewell
- 60 Meters (approx. 200 feet) (Cat6 is suggested to ensure connectivity at longest lengths) and Pure copper Cat5 cable
- Supports HDMI Input/Output of 480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p @ 24/50/60 Hz
- Does not support 3D functionality
- Audio Input: DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM 7.1, DTS, Dolby AC-3, DSD
- Audio Output: LPCM7.1, DTS, Dolby AC3, DSD
- Max Input/output HDMI cable: 15M w/ 26AWG HDMI Cable
- Power: DC 5V 2A
- Weight: 200g
- Dimensions: 82mm x 44mm x 22mm
- HDMI over Cat5e Sender Unit
- HDMI over Cat5e Receiver Unit
- 2x Wall power Adapter
- User Manual
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Does this work through a switch?
Anonymous - 12/6/2013 12:01:58 PM
5 found this review helpful
Pros: Does this require point-to-point connection, or will it work through a network switch?
gene - 10/27/2014 1:20:10 PM
4 found this review helpful
Pros: By using the extenders we have been able to set up a projector that is 55 feet from the computer. We are not able to stream videos and seminars. It works very well.
Cons: It has some shielding problems when it comes to flourescent lighting. One in the facility has a bad ballast and it picks up the buzz from the ballast.
Barclay - 3/24/2014 12:31:22 PM
4 found this review helpful
Pros: Very easy to setup and works very well. This is the second set of these I have purchased in the past year.
Other: I had issues with the set that I received. I contacted tech support with my issue and they sent me out a replacement set the same day with a postage paid shipping label to return the problem pair. The replacement pair worked perfectly. I appreciate the good customer service and the quality of the product. The original set I purchased last year has work perfectly with no issues and I look forward to the second set to perform equally well.
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Kohlmann - 8/10/2016 10:02:45 AM
I haven't had a single problem with this product (other than user error, naturally). Work great and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality extender for a good price.
- 7/20/2016 6:29:54 PM
Ease of installation, worked well.
Mike - 6/13/2016 11:51:32 AM
Quick delivery and setup. Like the green LED that lets you know the two units are connected and passing data
RLSand - 6/4/2016 11:52:01 AM
Been buying these for a while with Great Success reasonable Price and Easy to Use
Impressive ! Easy ! Small !
catman - 1/29/2016 3:05:02 PM
I am an Av installer. I was a little skeptical of a single cat5e 1080i solution, but these units have outperformed units costing three times as much. Have used 1/2 dozen so far with no problems. Rock solid picture even at 1080i. Best value for the money out there.
My Cat wire is split in a cabinet before heading back to tv. Will this work if an Ethernet connector is used to continue run?
As long as you have all four twisted pair terminated in a dedicated line from the sender to the receiver, it will work fine. Just please note that it can't go through a network or anything like that.
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