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June 15, 2011

Gefen Extra Long Range Extender (ELR) for HDMI Earns HDBaseT Certification

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor


Gefen (News - Alert), a provider of digital connectivity solutions, announced that its next generation Extra Long Range (ELR) Extender for HDMI has earned HDBaseT certification.


Company officials say Gefen Extender for HDMI over CAT-5 with Ethernet is the first product in the industry to earn this certification. The product earned recognition as a high performer using the new standard in high-definition signal transmission.


“Gefen has long been a supporter of HDBaseT, and was influential in bringing this new technology to the professional audio/video industry,” said Micha Risling, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Valens Semiconductor, in a statement. “It is no surprise that Gefen is the first to be officially certified in the HDBaseT specifications, as they continue to enhance hi-def signal extension with support for new technologies such as 3DTV.”

Gefen Extender for HDMI extends HDMI with 3DTV pass-through up to 330 feet (100m) in distance using a single CAT-5 cable. The product nearly doubles the distance that previous solutions could reach using two cables.


The product offers several other benefits to integrators. The hardware is easy to install and supports 100BaseT features. An IR back channel is included for long-distance remote control over the same CAT-5 cable.

The certification is achieved after conducting thorough testing by the HDBaseT Alliance recognized testing facility. This includes compliance tests according to specifications. Successful completion of this new testing program means Gefen is the first solutions provider officially recognized by the Alliance as HDBaseT 1.0 certified, company officials said.

Gefen offers a wide range of signal switchers, splitters, extenders, scalers, converters, KVM and home theater accessories that enable audio/video and computer systems to be easily integrated, extended, distributed and optimized to maximize performance.


Recently, Gefen also unveiled its second generation Extra Long Range (ELR) Extender for HDMI, named GefenPRO ELR Extender, TMCnet reported.


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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by John Lahtinen

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