Product Review (September 2011)
By Kevin Nakano
Accell Corporation has recently introduced the new UltraCat™ HD HDMI® Over Cat5e/6 Extenders to address the needs of long HDMI runs while providing additional connectivity to the remote displays. The UltraCat™ HD Extenders feature HDBaseT technology that is designed to transmit uncompressed full 1080p HD digital video, digital audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, RS232 and infrared control signals all within a single Cat5e/6 cable. Did I say "all within a single Cat5e/6 cable"? The UltraCat HD Extenders are optimized for High Definition video application, supporting all resolutions and video formats including 1080p, 4Kx2K and 3D. Data transfer rates as high as 10.2Gbps are supported and are fully HDCP compliant, meeting the latest HDMI High Speed specifications. The system is capable of transferring a bi-directional infrared control signal in parallel with the HDMI signal, providing two-way IR communication between the transmitter and receiver. Both extender units transmit and receive IR remote control signals when using the included IR emitters and receivers. The extenders also support the CEC functionality and provide an Ethernet 10/100BaseTx pass-through, which is ideal for use with IP enabled TVs and devices. If your TV has built-in streaming capability (Netflix or similar), the TV can be connected to video, IR control and ethernet through a single CAT5e/6 cable up to 328 feet.
The back of the UltraCat HD Extenders have UTP input and output jacks that are designed to use standard and inexpensive Cat5e/6 cabling. This is the link that connects the transmitter to the receiver. A link light on each unit provides status on the connection. Power jacks accept input power for the universal power adapters provided with the system. The RS232 port is yet another data link between the transmitter and receiver that allows users to send low rate data remotely. Jumpers in the unit allow this serial port to also be used for updating the firmware on the extenders.
We did notice that the receiver gets significantly warmer than the transmitter. After looking at the specifications, it does mention the receiver consumes twice the power of the transmitter.
- Kevin Nakano
Display: Mitsubishi LT-52148 52-inch 1080p LCD Display
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UltraCat HD HDMI-Cat5e High Speed Extender
Product: Accell UltraCat HD HDMI-Cat5e High Speed Extender
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