What Is HDMI Over Ethernet Extenders?
HDMI Over Ethernet Extenders,The simplest (and most reliable) solution is to use HDMI over Ethernet extenders, which are adapters that convert HDMI signals to data that can be transmitted over Ethernet. You connect an extender to each end of your Ethernet cable, then plug in HDMI cables to each extender and voila.
The range offered differs from extender to extender but generally speaking they provide 200 to 300 additional feet of distance. These extensive ranges are possible, in part, because each extender is powered by its own AC adapter, so when planning your connections you need to account for providing each extender with access to an electrical outlet.
Cat 5e vs. Cat 6 vs. Cat 7
As any integrator knows, not all Ethernet cables are created equal. So what type of Ethernet cable should you be using for transmitting HDMI? The answer mostly depends on the quality of the HDMI signal you want to transmit. Technically speaking, you can use Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cables with most HDMI extenders. Typically though, it’s best practice to opt for Cat 6 or better.
To transmit 1080p HDTV signal over Cat 5, for instance, you actually need two Cat 5 cables and a dual extender. A single Cat 6 cable, by contrast, can carry a lossless 1080p signal all by itself. If you’re transmitting 4K or HDR video, you’ll need a Cat 7 cable.
Even if it’s only 1080p content that will be transmitted, Cat 7 might be the best choice. An HDMI over Ethernet setup is likely to stay in place for some time, so it makes sense to futureproof the installation from the outset.