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HDMI over Ethernet with the HD-Link Family

Using the HD-Link Family to transmit HDMI over Cat5e/6
With the HD-Link family you can utilize existing network cable to extend the reach of your HDMI device. HD-Link also gives you the option of installing affordable Cat5e/6 cable in place of expensive and limiting HDMI cable.

Meet the HD-Link Family
The HD-Link is an HDMI over Ethernet extender which allows you to transmit HDMI over Cat5e/6 cable. Due to the nature of digital transmissions, HDMI has specific distance limitations. Because of this, signal boosters/repeaters are required for long cable runs. Add the boosters/repeaters to the cost of HDMI cable and the price tag can get ridiculous. By using the HD-Link, you can transmit HDMI signals through Ethernet cable over distances of up to 200 ft. Since Ethernet cable is so much cheaper than HDMI cable, and is often already installed in many modern homes, this is a much less expensive solution for long cable runs.

HDMI's distance specifications state that: beyond 16 feet, the signal is not guaranteed to maintain fidelity without some sort of active boosting. Using the HD-Link as a booster allows you to overcome this distance limitation while providing a more cost effective cabling solution. The kit uses a pair of sender & receiver units joined in the middle by Cat5e/6 cable. An HDMI source is plugged into the sending unit and an HDMI display is plugged into the receiver unit. HDMI signals can be sent up to 200 ft. while maintaining signal fidelity with the HD-Link.

HD-Link Pro
While the HD-Link requires a direct connection between source and display the HD-Link Pro allows HDMI signals to be sent over TCP/IP. Traditional HDMI extenders require a point to point Cat5e/6 connection. The problem is that home networks do not have a direct point to point connection to each room. Home networks always route each room back to a central hub so in many cases using a traditional HDMI over Cat5e/6 extender would require making a new cable run. The HD-Link Pro works through a network allowing you to utilize the Cat5e/6 cables that are already installed. HD-Link Pro also supports IR extender functionality. The HD-Link Pro allows IR remote control of source devices from remote viewing location by sending IR commands received in the vicinity of the display back to the source device back to the source devices. The HD-Link Pro has an effective range of up to 330 ft.

While the HD-Link Pro provides display and IR capability over Ethernet, keyboard and mouse support is only available at the source. With HD-Link CTRL (Control) you get all the functionality of the HD-Link Pro but also KVM support. Now you can not only view your HDMI source from anywhere but also control it with a keyboard, mouse or other USB device all over an Ethernet network from a distance of up to 390 ft.

Visit Sewell Direct to learn more about the HD-Link Family https://sewelldirect.com/hd-link-pro-by-sewell-hdmi-over-single-cat5-extender-1080p-330-ft-

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