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What is HDBase-T?

HDBase-T is a cabling standard approved by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) that allows transmission of uncompressed 4K video, uncompressed audio, up to 100mbps Ethernet, USB and control signals, and up to 100 Watts of power, all through a single CAT5e/CAT6 cable.

How does it work?

It works by transmitting data signals (video, audio, ethernet, control) through the use of Asymetrical data transmission, removal of Overhead that is often used in error correction, and an improved algorithm that greatly reduces transmission errors.

What is the difference between HDBase-T and HDMI?

HDMI can transmit various video formats now including compressed 4K, compressed audio, ethernet, and certain control signals. The theoretical maximum cable length is 50 feet. However, most vendors of HDMI cables may choose to support up to 30 feet before needing a signal booster while most end devices do not output enough power to support 30 foot runs.

HDBase-T natively supports all current and future HDMI technologies (including uncompressed 4K and uncompressed audio), support enhanced control signals, USB, and DC power current up to 100 Watts. The maximum length of HDBase-T is the same as that of Category cables (100m. / 300ft.).

Do I need a converter to use HDBase-T?

Most devices will need special converters to take advantage of HDBase-T.
Consumer manufacturers (LG, Sony, Samsung, etc.) are working together to make affordable end-user devices that natively support HDBase-T in the near future.

HDBase-T converters natively support HDMI technologies and may be used on any HDMI enabled device.

 

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