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Tech Showcase: HDBaseT Extenders

The latest signal distribution products.

HDBaseT is here to stay and the evolution of its hardware implementations has never been more interesting. The first iteration has been standalone transmitter/receiver pairs and the market for that is still in full swing. But already, there are plenty of products representing phase two of HDBaseT implementation with built-in transmission capability on dedicated HDBaseT output ports. With projectors and other devices using built-in receivers, the transformation is still in progress. But it pays to check the specs to make sure that you have all the features needed at both ends of the line, particularly when it comes to power transmission.

Apantac HDBT-1-RAP

The new MU400-123 transmitter and MU500-122 receiver units from Altinex have bidirectional capability to send AC power to the far end through the Cat-6 cable and bring an HDMI signal back to the near end. Fully compliant with HDMI and HDCP standards, the units also carry RS-232 and IR for operation and control of third-party products. The MU400-123 power output can handle a load up to 150W and it automatically shuts down if it exceeds safe parameters.

Applicable for any pro AV application that requires extending HDMI signals up to 330ft., Apantac’s HDBT-1-EAP/1-RAP is a single-port HDBaseT extender and receiver set supporting HDMI and DVI formats, 1080P, and 3D. Either module can be powered from the other over the Cat-X cable or it can use a local 48VDC power supply. The units also carry RS-232 and IR control signals, and there are terminal blocks on each unit for transmission of GPI signals.

Aten VE801T/R

The VE801 HDMI HDBaseT-Lite extender from Aten can take an HDMI video signal up to 230ft. from the source using one Cat-5e/6/6a cable. It supports 3D, deep color and 4K image resolutions, plus Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD audio, and it is HDCP compatible. The EDID Expert configures optimum EDID settings, and the top panel has power and signal status LEDs. The side panels have anti-slip grooves to help prevent dropping the hardware.


Atlona’s top-of-the-line AT-UHDEX-100CE-KIT transmitter/receiver kit allows cable runs up to 328ft. It utilizes IEEE 802.3af standard 48V Power over Ethernet for receiver power, and provides passthrough of bidirectional Ethernet and control signals. The AT-UHD-EX-100CE-KIT offers configuration-free setup and field-updateable firmware, rear-panel I/O ports, and low-profile enclosures for easy installation into racks and confined spaces behind displays. The extender kits in the new series support 4K/UHD video @60Hz, they provide passthrough of HDCP 2.2 content, support EDID communication, and employ HDBaseT technology for extending signals.

Audio Authority HBT200KIT

Audio Authority built support for 3D video transmission to compatible TVs into the HBT200KIT, which consists of the HBT200T transmitter and the HBT200R receiver. With two-way IR and RS-232, the link has full HDMI and HDCP compliance, and it can handle up to 7.1 channel uncompressed audio transmission. The units support 1080p/12-bit video and they can extend the signals up to 330 ft. via one Cat-5e/6 cable. Each unit is provided with a 5VDC power adapter.

Aurora Multimedia DXE-CAT-S1/S2

A member of the Digital Xtreme Series from Aurora Multimedia, the DXE-CATS1 extension system can be powered from either end using a single 24V AC adapter and it can transmit HDMI up to 1080p@60Hz 230ft. over one Cat-5e/6/7 cable. For easier rack mounting, all connectors are on one side including the IR and RS-232 ports. The front panel has status LEDs for all signals and a rack-mounting bracket and wall-mounting tabs are furnished with the unit.

Black Box HDMI 5Play Extender 4K

Tested and certified by the HDBaseT Alliance, the HDMI 5Play Extender 4K from Black Box Network Services can control AV source equipment at the screen while transmitting Ethernet data to a remote location. Over a single Cat-5e/6 cable, the transmitter-receiver combo extends up to 4K video and audio, plus IR and serial RS-232 control signals up to 320ft. Because it features 100BaseT Ethernet passthrough, both HDMI and Ethernet streaming video can be sent to a display over the same non-networked cable link.

Broadata Communications LBC-HDMI-R-WP

Broadata Communications offers a great example of the HDBaseT wallplates now available with a transmission range of up to 230ft. and Power over HDBaseT (PoH) on either the transmitter or receiver unit. Monitored by power and link indicators, the LBCHDMI-T/R-WP provides quick and easy installation handling resolution up to 4Kx2K and 1080p@60Hz or 1920×1200@60Hz. The system is fully compatible with Broadata’s LBC and LBH Series products, and the protocol is DDC/EDID/HDCP capable.

CE Labs HX70M

The small size and simple installation on the CE Labs HX70Mallows installation in very tight spaces to get a 4Kx2K or 1080p/60Hz/48 bit video signal carried up to 230ft. on a single Cat-5e/6/7 cable. Audio transmission supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, and the built-in IR link on a 3.5mm connector can be switched for transmission in either direction. The product also features a maximum data rate of up to 10.2Gbps along with HDMI 1.4 and HDCP compliance.

Crestron HD-EXT3-C-B

The HD-EXT3-C is a 4K HDMI over HDBaseT extender with IR & RS-232 from Crestron. The transmitter/receiver pair can convey Ultra HD video and control signals up to 330ft. over a single Cat-X twisted-pair cable. The transmitter can be mounted in a single-gang wall box or attached to any flat surface or inside an equipment rack while the receiver is small enough to be put behind a display device. Either unit can be powered from, or supply power over the twisted pair to the other.

DVIGear DVI-7525

DVIGear has configured the DVI-7525 to support the full 5-play HDBaseT feature set including RS-232, Ethernet, bidirectional IR, fully HDBaseT compliant PoH and long-range operation with 1080p resolution up to 330ft. and 4K up to 230ft. The circuitry will sense PoH compliance and only provide power to PoH compliant devices. The receiver is powered over the twisted pair by the transmitter. Heavy-duty mounting brackets are included and multiple extender pairs can be cascaded for applications that require extreme distances.

Factor Electronics HDBaseT-Baluns

Factor Electronics is set to release two new HDBaseT-Balun sets utilizing the Valens VS010 & VS100 chipsets. POH increases the operating voltage to 12VDC and delivers the power over the Cat-5/6 cable to the connected balun. Either unit can power the other over the Cat-5/6. The HDBaseT-Balun provides 4K resolutions to 130ft. and 1080p resolutions to 230ft. while the HD100BaseT-Balun provides 4K resolutions to 230ft. and 1080p resolutions to 300ft. The HD100BaseT-Balun also provides RS-232 and Ethernet while both balun kits provide bidirectional IR.

Gefen 4K Ultra HD ELR-POL Extender

The 4K Ultra HD ELR-POL Extender from Gefen can be used to extend HDMI at 1080p up to 495ft. including 7.1 channels of high bit rate audio. Add to this, bidirectional IR, RS-232, and Ethernet. The receiver will pass the EDID signal to the source. Either sender or receiver unit can power the other over the twisted-pair line using Gefen’s proprietary Power Over Line (POL) and the firmware is upgradable via RS-232. The front panel LED provides link information through its color and either blinking or steadily lit appearance.

Hall Research UHBX-SW3

Hall Research has introduced the UHBX-SW3 multi-input wallplate extender with two HDMI and one VGA input. The unit can generate RS-232 and IR control signals for the display end while sending 1080p video up to 500ft. and 4K up to 330ft. Audio is extended on its 3.5mm input, and the VGA signal is scaled to 1080p. Control commands can be sent automatically according to the input selected. A USB port is also provided for programming using Hall Research’s free Windows GUI software.

Kanex Pro HDBaseTXWP

Kanex Pro designed the WP-HDBASETX as a compact two-input transmitter for sending HDMI or 15-pin HD analog video, audio, and control up to 230ft. over a shielded Cat-6 cable when paired with the HDBASE-70POER receiver sold separately. The HDCP and EDID compliant extender provides HDMI and VGA inputs that automatically scale up as high as 4K with automatic or manual input switching. The transmitter can supply power to the receiver over the twisted-pair cable and RS-232 control signals can also be extended.

Kramer Electronics VP-427

The VP-427 HDBaseT to HDMI ProScale Receiver/Scaler from Kramer Electronics includes bidirectional RS−232 and IR signals, and scales the picture for the resolution of the HDMI monitor. The range is up to 230ft. and there is also support for embedded two-channel LPCM audio. To aid in setup, there is an onscreen display accessible on the front panel buttons. Settings are saved in non-volatile memory and include contrast, brightness and R, G, B level/gain. Using the optional RK-T2B rack adapter, two units can be mounted side by side in one rack space.

Lightware USA UMX-TPS-TX130

Lightware USA offers the UMX-TPSTX120 universal two-input TPS (HDBaseT) transmitter with built in Event Manager. This unit carries 4K video, audio, control, and Ethernet up to 230ft. and embeds analog audio. The user can fix and lock EDID data on each input connector and either unit can power the other over the twisted-pair connection or each can use a separate power supply. When used in auto-select, video or audio sources can be assigned priority. The UMXTPS-TX130 adds a DVI input and a GPIO control port.

Muxlab 500451-WP-KIT

The 500451-WP-KIT from Muxlab is an HDMI wallplate extender kit that allows HDMI at 4K to be extended up to 200ft. on one Cat-5e/6 cable and it mounts in a single gang wall box. Sporting an aluminum brushed finish, the pair supports bidirectional IR and each unit’s power consumption is 6W. The pair is well suited for classroom projectors, digital signage, boardrooms, collaborative PC systems, and medical information systems.


The GBX-C-HDMI from Opticomm-EMCORE extends video signals up to 100 meters at full HD 1080p/60Hz and 80 meters at 4K UHD (3840×2160). The extender supports control via CEC, IR, bidirectional RS-232, and 10/100 Ethernet along with uni-directional stereo analog audio from transmitter to receiver and USB 2.0 as an option. The GBOX Series are rugged tabletop or wall-mountable units designed for connectivity and support for any short or long distance 4K UHD multimedia or KVM application.

Shinybow SB-6335T4

The Shinybow SB-6335T/Rkit can be used to extend up to 4K video signals as far as 328ft. along with RS-232 control, bidirectional IR, Ethernet, and a number of multi-channel audio formats on a single Cat-6/6a/7 cable. Each unit operates on its own 12VDC/2A power supply adapter. A 1in. high wall-mount pack and user guide is included with each transmitter/receiver pair.

SmartAVI HDX Ultra

Versatility was designed into the HDX Ultra by SmartAVI with its HDMI and VGA inputs along with RS-232 and bidirectional IR transmission. Capable of carrying HDMI at 1080p up to 400ft. from the source on a single Cat-5e/6 cable, the pair can run displays for theaters, conference rooms, classrooms, airports, call centers, and other such applications. Each module is powered by an external 100-240VAC/5VDC 2A power module at 10W.

SnapAV Binary B-500-EXT-330-RS-IP

The B-500-EXT-330-RSIP from SnapAV is known as the Binary HDBaseT Extender (330ft.), bidirectional IR, RS-232, Ethernet, and POC. It supports HDMI 2.0 at 10.2Gbps video bandwidth, and is HDMI and HDCP agnostic. It can pass 4Kx2K@30Hz at color sampling of 4:4:4 or 4Kx2K@60Hz at reduced color sampling of 4:2:0. It can carry the video, Ethernet, audio, IR, and RS-232 up to 330ft. to the display, and either unit can be powered from the other with its 24VDC power supply.

TVone 1T-CT-653 and 1T-CT-654A

TVOne enables very simple HDBaseT transmission with the 1T-CT-653/ 1T-CT-654A HDMI 4K UHD HDBaseT 5-Play transmitter/receiver pair. These can Send HDMI 1.4 plus bidirectional IR, RS-232, and Ethernet up to 325ft. on a single Cat-5e/6 cable. Audio formats include embedded LPCM 7.1CH, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio capability. PoH support allows the receiver to be powered by the transmitter via the Cat-5e/6 cable. The 1T-CT-654A receiver is also compatible with CORIOmax HDBaseT output modules.

WyreStorm SW-0201-POH

The WyreStorm SW-0201-POHincorporates two-input, auto-switching, and automatic signal detection between its HDMI 1.3 and VGA ports, and it carries these signals up to 325ft. after conversion to HDBaseT. PoH allows the receiver to be run from the transmitter’s 19VDC power supply. The HDCP compliant system converts DVI, R/L audio or SPDIF digital audio into complete HDMI. For firmware updates, there is also a mini USB port on the transmitter while the receiver includes a rotary EDID setting dial.

Zektor SoloCAT HD-MAX

In addition to HDMI over HDBT, bidirectional IR, and RS-232, Zektor designed a proprietary audio return circuit into the SoloCAT HD MAX that works outside of CEC control, which they named Audio Return Path (ARP). The receiver has inputs for Ethernet, stereo L/R, digital optical, and coax with analog to digital conversion, providing the ability to bring remote audio signals back to the rack for connection into a powered distribution amplifier. The transmitter has a splitter allowing HDBaseT transmission and a local mirrored HDMI output.

Zigen ZIG-POE-70

The ZIG-POE-70 HDBaseT HDMI extender from Zigen takes video, IR, and RS-232, as well as 48V PoH up to 230ft. from the source. The power link is continuously monitored and will be automatically cut off if any fault or overload is sensed. The system supports HDMI 1.4 and 48-bit deep color with 3D and CEC passthrough. Audio support includes uncompressed PCM 2-Ch., 5.1, 7.1, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD-Master Audio.

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