HDBaseT Advantages for the Professional Integrator

Written 2013-02-13 by Herman_Digi

HDBaseTHDBaseT is a technology developed for optimizing video applications and connect all types of devices over a single LAN cable by converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals.  In 2010, the HDBaseT Alliance was incorporated to commercialize and promote this technology.  The Alliance is made up of LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony and Valens Semiconductor.  So why the history lesson?
Despite the involvement of these well-known electronics companies, HDBaseT support by manufacturers has only recently picked up traction in the last months of 2012.  The good news is that the Pro A/V community sees the immediate benefits of this technology.
•    It Goes the Distance:  HDMI, DVI or Display Port capability has distance limitations past 50 feet.  With HDBaseT extenders integrators can go 100 meters or about 330 feet.  Installers can extend that even further with multi-hops for another 800 meters.
•    Fewer Cables and Low Cost: HDBaseT uses a single LAN cable (Cat 5e/6) with Standard RJ-45 connectors.
•    HD – 3D and 4K:  LAN cables can transfer HD and 3D with uncompressed quality, low latency and solid reliability.
•    Power On:  HDBaseT can send 100W of power over the cable so you won’t have to fret over power outlets near the display.
Obviously there will be some advantages to higher end consumer installs, but it is clear that the benefits can reap cost and time savings on larger commercial projects for the professional.  As more manufacturers get certified for HDBaseT, you will probably see more adoption and wide spread use of this innovative technology.