18G HDMI & Control over Twisted Pair Cable Extender Set — 40m
HDMI cables are great for transmitting audio and video signals short distances, but larger buildings and larger rooms often need electronics inline to ensure signal performance. Simply pulling a long HDMI cable or connecting multiple HDMI cables together can cause signal drop out, interference, pixelization and a host of other signal and performance problems.
The TL-TP40-HDC2 replaces a traditional HDMI cable with active electronics designed specifically for sending video signals up to 130 feet. Plus, built-in IR and RS232 control signal embedding allow you to also transmit remote control commands with the HDMI stream.
In actual practice, this means you can use the TL-TP40-HDC2 to send audio and video signals from your source device (often a switcher, cable box, or DVD player) to your destination device (often a display or projector) and control the source device remotely…all using a single twisted pair cable. In other words, you can install your source device in a remote closet or cabinet and control it with the same remote control used for your display. Now that’s a clean installation!
- Transmit HDMI, RS232 & IR over a single twisted pair cable
- 18G 4K@60 4:4:4 compatible
- 130 ft. (40m) max distance for 4K
- 220 ft. (70m) max distance for 1080p
- Embedded bi-directional IR and RS232 control
- System powered from either the transmitter or receiver
- HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliant
- CEC & HDR compatible
- HDBaseT technology
- Run a twisted pair patch cord with RJ45 connectors between your source device and destination device.
- Connect the TL-TP40-HDC2 transmitter (included in the package) to your source device with an HDMI cable.
- Connect the TL-TP40-HDC2 receiver (included in the package) to your destination device with an HDMI cable.
- Optionally connect the IR or RS232 control ports if your system requires control.
- Connect the twisted pair patch cord with RJ45 connectors to the twisted pair input ports on the TL-TP40-HDC2 transmitter and receiver.
- Connect the power supply (included in the package) to the DC 12V port on either the TL-TP40-HDC2 transmitter or receiver.
- Connect the power supply (included in the package) to an AC outlet or power source.
What comes in the package?
Each TL-TP40-HDC2 package includes one transmitter, one receiver, one power supply, and an installation guide.
Can I transmit signals longer than the specified maximum distance?
The maximum recommended distance for the TL-TP40-HDC2 is 220 ft. for 1080p signals and 130 ft. for 4K signals. We don’t recommend exceeding these distances, nor do we guarantee performance beyond the rated specifications.
What if I am running 480i/p or 720p video? Can I send signals further than 230 ft.?
We really don’t recommend it. The product is designed to max out at 230 ft.
Do I need to power the unit?
Yes, we include a power supply that needs to be connected to the transmitter or the receiver—you choose which. You do not need to power both ends.
Is shielding on the cable and connectors necessary?
Not necessarily, but it really stinks to pull your cable, seal up the wall, connect your devices and then realize you have electrical interference that is destroying the integrity of your signal. Lots of installations use twisted pair extenders with standard, unshielded cable; however, we don’t warrant the product or guarantee performance unless shielded cables with shielded connectors are installed. Call it a safety net to ensure your system works properly for years to come.
Seriously, is interference that big of deal?
You bet. Both electrical magnetic and radio frequency interference can wreak havoc on digital audio and video signals being transmitted over copper cables—and twisted pair cable (Cat 5e, Cat 6, etc.) is a copper-based system. Think of it as a giant antenna gobbling up all of the stray noise in your building. Shielded cable helps insulate the cable from the noise, and the shielded connectors help drain off any noise that’s collected—just make sure the shielding on the connectors is attached to the shielding on the cables.
Man, EM and RF interference sounds terrible. Is there anything else I can do?
Absolutely…1) run your twisted pair cable in its own conduit; 2) keep electrical cables at least 1 ft. or 0.3m away from the twisted pair cable, and if you have to cross cables make sure to do so at a 90 degree angle; 3) don’t bundle the twisted pair cable with other cables that are carrying voltage (this includes electrical cables, speaker cables, and control cables).
I know I want to control my connected equipment, but I am not sure whether I should choose RS232 or IR? What do you recommend?
Most commercial contractors and installation professionals choose to use RS232 because it tends to be more customizable and reliable. Think of it like a cellphone (IR, which is based on light) versus a landline (RS232, which is based on electricity)—the cellphone works great most of the time, but sometimes the signal has a little bit of drop out and you need to repeat what you were saying. Your message will still get across, but it’s bit annoying pushing the button twice. The downside to RS232 is it tends to have a greater overall system cost—source and destination devices that support RS232 are typically more expensive.
What is HDBaseT?
HDBaseT (also known as “HDBT”) is a technology used for transmitting audio, video, power, and control signals over twisted pair cabling. Over the past years, it has become a preferred format by manufacturers due to it’s reliability and distance capabilities. See www.hdbaset.org for additional information.
What’s the benefit of HDBaseT Certification?
HDBaseT Certification ensures one manufacturer’s equipment will be compatible with another manufacturer’s equipment, provided they are both certified. For example, an HDBT Certified twisted pair transmitter can connect directly to an HDBT enabled port on a display or projects (eliminating the need for an inline receiver). Plus, one of the devices can power the other device, which will greatly streamline and simplify the installation. Do note, however, that a device can use HDBT technology without being certified…you just can’t guarantee intercompatibility between brands, manufacturers, and part numbers.