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March 25, 2014

HDMI Over Gigabit IP Extender Wirelessly Broadcasts Audio, Video Over 300 Feet

By Matt Paulson
TMCnet Contributing Writer


Network Technologies Inc., a provider of quality IT infrastructure management solutions around the world, unveiled a new product yesterday that allows for the simple wireless connection between almost any display and HDMI source. Called the ST-IPDHMI-L/R-2G HDMI Over Gigabit IP Extender, the plug-and-play device is able to multicast both audio and video digital signals to one or more receivers for immediate and hassle-free display.

Each IP extender is made up of at least two parts: the local unit that directly connects to the HDMI source, and the remote unit that connects to an HDMI compatible display supporting resolutions up to 1080p. Compatible displays range from a small TV screen all the way up to video wall configurations with 8x8 (News - Alert) screens, meaning that the device is able to meet almost any display needs for businesses of all sizes. The local and remote units are linked together using a simple CATx point-to-point connection.

In order to display across multiple screens, users can use a point-to-many connection via a managed network switch. The convenient plug-and-play installation lets receivers automatically detect transmitters on the same network for easy scalability. Simply add the needed monitors and remote units for the system and more displays are ready to go. Optional matrix software allows for easy transitions between different video sources, supporting up to fifty separate sources, screens and switches.

The devices are able to wirelessly broadcast signals up to 333 feet away without drops in quality through a 1000-BaseT Gigabit Network connected with a CAT5e/6/7 cable, but cascaded managed network switches can extend this range up to around 1,000 feet. Through cascaded managed network switches, one transmitter can be connected to up to 200 different receivers. Best of all, the product is available for immediate sale, with the basic transmitters and receivers going for $595 each. An expanded receiver with Power over Ethernet is also available for $100 more.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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