December 15, 2007
The idea of HDMI over CAT5 cable isn’t exactly new but glitch-free, economical* CAT5 HDMI transmission solutions are a rarity. Honeywell recently announced their powered HDMI to CAT5 converter package that would seem to be targeted toward filling that very void.(*actual pricing undisclosed)
“The converter system consists of a power supply, transmitter unit and a receiver unit each built into single gang Decora style wall plates. At the source end, the high-speed transmitter transcodes HDMI signals over two CAT5/6 cables. A 1080p signal will travel up to 125 feet on a pair of CAT5e cables or a maximum of 200 feet on a pair of CAT6 cables.
At the display end, the externally powered receiver unit transcodes signals back to HDMI. Built-in CURxE Light Technology automatically corrects the signal for any corrupted EDID or HDCP data resulting from capacitive loading problems, plus verifies Hot Plug Detect, 5V, EDID and HDCP compliance, assuring the highest quality performance.”
In addition to 1080p the system also accommodates 480p, 720p and 1080i signal transmission as well as DVI and VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA and UXGA with optional adapters. I’ve put in a request for a review sample and based on my findings I may very well implement the converters into our installations. We’ve seen and heard about similar products in the past; all with varying degrees of success in the real world. I hope Honeywell delivers on this promise, it’s high time we had a reliable, cost effect HDMI over CAT5 solution available to us.
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV Equipment