updated 09:00 am EDT, Fri July 4, 2008
Gefen HDMI IR Extender
Gefen on Thursday introduced its newest connectivity product, the HDMI IR Extender. Aimed at custom installations, the HDMI IR Extender will allow users to control their HD source units from another room without having to purchase and run lengthy HDMI cables through their walls. The Sender and Receiver connect via two standard Ethernet (CAT-5) cables, and can deliver 1080p resolution video signals over up to 300 feet or 1080i resolution over up to 150 feet. Audio is likewise transmitted.
The system is HDCP-compliant so it won't interfere with the transmission of HDCP video between display and source. Connections are simple, with the Sender box hooking up to the HDMI source with an HDMI cable and a dual IR emitter, both of which are included. On the Remote end, a supplied HDMI cable links the box to an HD display, with an IR receiver ready to send along instructions beamed from the existing source unit's remote control. Gefen's HDMI IR Extender is able to compensate for CAT-5 cable skews.
The Gefen HDMI IR Extender, priced at $575, will be available in August.