But unfortunately the Arkview HDMI-EXTC dual-Cat5e extenders are only using equalizers on the TDMS lines. The other wires (including DDC channel) are strictly pass-through. I suppose the thought is that it is higher voltage (5V) and slower (I2C, so probably 100kHz). Whatever they're doing, it wasn't working for me at least...
Originally Posted by Beemer533
I've been using this
extender for my LCD for about a year with no issues (knock on wood..) it is a dual CAT5e unit, but I am using STP cable with one end grounded....
They now offer a single CAT6
unit for $95.
Hey beemer533, yes it's been quite frustrating for me, I can only imagine everyone the frustrations of everyone else going through the same situation(s)! I most certainly am very glad that your dual-catx extenders have not given you any trouble!Now for an update on my story...
Well I'm pleased to say that I have been testing out a single-CatX extender (as opposed on the dual-CatX extender that a I have been using) for the past week or so and my problems seem to have vanished. Still using the same Cat5e self-terminated cable (just one instead of two). I don't want to be too premature, but so far I have yet to see any glitching occur--- even when I flip the ceiling fan switch like a mad-man (fast, repeatedly, one-shot, super-slow to hear the arc'ing inside the switch, etc).
I don't know how these single-CatX adapters work (yet, tee hee hee), but if this unit is any indication of the single- vs dual-catX technology, then I'd recommend folks start looking into the single-CatX solutions. Until I saw beemer533's post above about a single-CatX extender for $95, I wasn't sure of any single-CatX extenders out there that hit the same price-point as the (lower-cost) dual-CatX extenders. I would very much be interested in trying out the $95 PI single-CatX extender
but at this point I have a solution and I'd just as soon leave it well-enough-alone!
I am now using one of these:XTENDEX® ST-C5HDMI-150
It is truly "plug and play." --- But to be fair, the Arkview extender was truly "plug and play" as well, but just had this debilitating vulnerability to AC motor on/off cycling --- This unit however (so far!
) does not seem to have the same vulnerability, and I also like that I can plug in the AC wall adapter for the pair at the source end rather than forced to plug in power at the destination end (the Arkview extender). All that's now plugged into the power strip at the far end now is the TV, and I'd rather keep it that way...
Good luck to EVERYONE else experiencing this problem. With as many views as this thread has received to-date, it is clear there is a problem out there that is not yet well enough understood to fix it once-and-for-all.