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Flexboot Cat6 Ethernet Patch Cable - Snagless RJ45, Stranded, 550Mhz, UTP, Pure Bare Copper Wire, 24AWG, 100ft, Blue
|Supported Video||High Speed HDMI® with HDCP 1.2|
|Supported Resolutions||1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i|
|Color Support||up to 12-bit/channel Deep Color (36-bit total)|
|Audio Support||LPCM, Dolby AC3, DTS® 7.1, DSD|
|Bandwidth/Data Throughput||up to 10.2Gbps|
|Operating Temperature Range||+5 ~ +131°F (-15 ~ +55°C)|
|Operating Humidity Range||5 ~ 90% RH (no condensation)|
- User's Manual (Mar 15, 2013)
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Questions and Answers
I bought these things back in November for a media room remodel. Unfortunately, there were delays in my remodel and I was outside my return period by the time I installed these things. Because it's a new remodel, I installed new solid core 24g shielded Cat6 cable (so the cable is not a problem). The connection runs from an entertainment cabinet to an overhead projector. The total length of the in-wall cable is about 35 feet.
The first set arrived with a DOA receiver plate- it didn't power on. Monoprice was good about that part, and issued an RMA for the receiver. The new receiver unit powered on normally, and showed "Link" with the transmitter.
Here's where things get weird. If I connect my Playstation4 directly to the Transmitter, an HDCP link is made and the video projector displays normally. If I connect my playstation to one of the inputs of my AV receiver, and then connect my AV receiver "out" to the Transmitter wall plate, NO VIDEO is shown! This is because it's not receiving the HDCP "handshake". I'll explain more about that later.
I tried everything imaginable to fix it- different power cycling options, such as starting with my projector then powering up everything sequentially ending with the receiver. I even connected the units directly with a Cat6 patch cable, bypassing my in-wall wiring, just in case my wiring was bad. I read about "HDMI voltage injectors", and actually ordered one. I tried an HDMI splitter (didn't accomplish the task). In an act of pure desperation, I went out and Bought Two Different Receivers- one Denon x1100 and one Yamaha Aventage 2040- and Neither Unit Worked any better than my old Sony unit. I spent a long time chatting with Technical Service- the "short story" is that they told me that these units "are not designed to be used with a Receiver". They neglected to put this information in ANY of the literature of the device!! This shold be in BOLD FACE all over the product description: THIS UNIT IS NOT HDCP COMPLIANT, AND WILL NOT WORK WITH AN A/V RECEIVER. IT WILL ONLY WORK WITH A DIRECT SOURCE, - SUCH AS A DVR OR PLAYSTATION PLUGGED IN DIRECTLY TO THE HDMI PORT. There ya go, Monoprice, I've said it for you, and have probably saved you thousands of hours of technical support manpower for people like me. If you'd be so kind as to return the favor and take a return on these POS non-functional HDBaseT units, I'd really appreciate it.
Last night I went to my local electronics store, we'll call it "Fried Electonics" for the sake of not endorsing the competition, and purchased a set of HDBaseT Baluns for around 300$ (the units are capable of 4k and 3D too, FWIW). I removed the monoprice POS pseudo-HDBaseT units and plugged in the baluns. Immediately, I had a functioning full-definition video signal across EVERY DEVICE I TESTED. Every AV receiver I tested worked FLAWLESSLY with my projector (remember, I've got 3 of them now for testing purposes), and I actually watched a movie streaming from Netflix to my PS4 which was plugged into my old Sony AV Receiver. Not only did they work perfectly, but there was no delay in connection, no "handshake issues", no need to power cycle in some cryptic sequence, NO BS at all- just immediate gratification. This leaves ONE AND ONLY ONE conclusion that can be drawn: These HDBaseT receivers sold by Monoprice are pieces of garbage, and the way they are described is nothing short of false advertising, or at least misleading marketing.
That concludes my review of these things, but here's the technical breakdown of things I've learned over the past month of trying to get these things to work. This is my (lay-person) understanding of what I've learned, and hopefully it will help someone in a similar situation. Basically, Hollywood has mandated that all HDMI "stuff" transmit HDMI Copy Protection ("HDCP") information at a hardware level. To accomplish this task, each authorized device has a special "entryption key". When you connect two HDMI devices (like a Playstation to a TV), each HDMI unit must exchange "security keys" with the other in a verification process. This is referred to as a "handshake". This is done in an effort to prevent digital source material from being "copied" in the stream between the source and display. If the handshake fails, or if one of the units doesn't have HDCP compatibility, then NO video will be displayed or trasmitted across the connection. OK, simple enough, right? For a direct connection, it works as described, but if you have multiple devices "in-line", like a PS connected to an AV Receiver which is then connected to a display, things get a little more complicated. Each device has it's own security key that MUST be acounted for. Therefore, each "downstream" decive needs to "regenerate" the security key of the upstream device, as well as sending it's own security key. When devices say they are "HDCP Compliant", they are referring to this ability to propagate security keys and verify them from connected devices. These Monoprice units are NOT capable of "propagating" HDCP signals if there is anything more than ONE source plugged in. To put it another way, they don't send more than one set of HDCP keys. While Monoprice can "technically" say the units are HDCP compliant becuase they can trasnmit one set of keys, from a users point-of-view they are Certainly NOT HDCP Compliant. HDCP Compliant suggests that you can use the product with the rest of you HDCP Compliant equipment. As I said above, this is nothing short of False Advertising in my opinion, or "misleading statements" at best.
Monoprice, I'm 4 months out from my purchase. I'd really appreciate it if you'd do two things: 1) refund my money or accept a return outside the normal return policy conditions and 2) please STOP marketing these things the way you do. Get a review board to look at the verbiage on your ads, and in the product literature, and you'll see that there is NO mention ANYWHERE that these are "not designed to work with a receiver".
PROS: Fast Shipping
CONS: Units do not work with anything but primary source, read below
DOA unit,, poor quality control
NOT HDCP COMPLIANT, READ BELOW- THIS IS IMPORTANT
Installlation difficult due to layout of back panel
PROS: It works, only issue would be that the emitter needs to transmit signal around 25% stronger to ensure that it works under the stairs where there is elevator equipment too.
CONS: Biggest issue is that it has the network connection on the left side of the plate, it does not fit into 2-gang if the 2-gang mount is right against the stud, it requires at least one inch clearance from the stud. If this network connection could be rotated 90 degrees, where it is pointing downward, it would fit into 2-gang mounting without any issue.
PROS: Works great when working.
CONS: AC transformer requires replacement every so many months due to some defect in the receiver unit damaging the transformer.
PROS: Great solution for the short time they work
CONS: Unreliable. You will be looking for a replacement in a short matter of time. Hopefully within your warranty period
If you're planning to use this for an XBox360 or any other device with a non-IR controller, make sure you have the range available for the controller itself. For XBox you could use a "play & charge USB cable" with a USB-over Cat5/6 extender but it will require another cable in your wall. Only IR controllers can be transparently forwarded through this extender. So I wish this had USB built-in.
You could buy a lot of HDMI cables for the price of this extender (mid-2014 anyway). But to reduce everything down to a single Cat6 makes it worth it in terms of simplicity, and IT ACTUALLY WORKS. This is a really great product.
PROS: Does exactly what it says on the box.
Operates cool & quiet.
HDMI and IR pass through perfectly in all my tests.
Has 3.5mm jacks for IR extenders and can be wired directly.
Looks nice and has some reassuring green LEDs.
CONS: Doesn't direct-connect with Verizon (Cisco) CHS 435HDC cable box, but this is not a criticism of the monoprice product.
Doesn't seem to be bi-directional like an actual HDMI cable I would have preferred that each of these plates be configurable as Rx/Tx which makes future expansion easier, especially if you buy this and then later buy a matrix switch it would let you use both plates as receivers. This only matters because the hardware is so expensive.
Does not provide USB yet (I know! I know! It is in HDbaseT 2.0). Again not a criticism of this product specifically but just of HDbaseT 1.x.
PROS: Works, I get 1080p
CONS: The only issue on this was the spot where you connect the cat5/6 cable It is on the side, when you put this wall plate into a double box the cable gets in the way so you have to bend it and squeeze it into the box. Still made it work but having it connect into the back would have been better design.
Samsung cable box
All feed into- PID 4088 - 4xHDMI switch - HDBaseT transmitter - 75 ft Cat6 STP 24 AWG (5906) - HDBaseT receiver - LG TV
Everything has worked exactly as expected the first time, which was nice given some of the reviews below about compatibility issues. My only complaint is that the IR blaster is PID 8059, which is a block with a diode rather than the stick-on type. That's OK for the normal usage (IR receiver with TV, blaster runs all the devices in a closet/cabinet), but it's bad for the reverse usage. In my situation, I have a Logitech Harmony Smart Control with the hub in the closet. I just need a single, small blaster to stick onto the TV sensor. I'm still looking for it.
While it still seems a bit pricey, it certainly did the job well and I'd purchase again.
I did have issues when connecting this through a Receiver that takes in multiple HDMI inputs and puts out one output. When the devices are all shut off (besides the HDBaseT wall plate), and then turned back on, the HDBaseT Extender (Transmission side) has an issue with HDCP handshaking and wont send signal to the HDBaseT Receiver end. This forces you to pull power on the Extender and reconnect it. This obviously isn't a workable solution, but there is a way to make this work. If your Receiver has a power outlet on the back (Such as my Denon, which has two), you can connect the Extender to the outlet, this way when you turn the receiver on/off, it'll cycle power on the HDBaseT extender, preventing any issues with handshaking. Since the Receiver will always be turned on or off when using any of your other devices, this works great! Also, if you have it all powered on and are switching between devices it works perfect, too (didn't have any issues with it from the start).
Now, as far as what cable you should use, MonoPrice (and I) suggest the following:
CAT6 STP (You want shielded, not UTP) - MonoPrice Product 5907
24AWG CL2 High Speed HDMI Cable w/ Net Jacket - MonoPrice Product 3661
PROS: Works great at sending HD signal long distance (Using mine at 100')
Includes IR in transmission (Invaluable if you're using RF only remote and need IR back to your TV)
Wall Plate fits nicely behind TV
Price is cheaper than any other out there
CONS: Can have issues with HDCP handshaking
Didn't come with screws for Wall Plate (picked up chrome screws at Lowe's for less than $2
worked for a while
Operational since April 2016 and now not working. Have requested RMA/Return, regardless of policy.
Even using CAT6, picture quality was poor compared to a straight 30' RedMere cable. I had been wondering why my brand new TV looked like crap and could not convince myself it was the wall adapters. Now that I have used a dedicated cable (temporarily), my TV looks glorious and I feel SO stupid.
Handshake from Denon receiver was never consistent and required receiver side faceplate to be rebooted.
Like another reviewer....the orientation of the backside jack is misplaced .
Monprice really needs to address the miscues on these....
Monoprice - make this right, please!
CONS: Expensive. Cat6 connection is on side.
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues you have encountered with PID 10224. To get a better understanding of your setup, can you describe your setup including all devices and cables in use? Have you tried switching out the cables to see if anything changes? What is the length and gauge of the HDMI cables in use? Please let me know so that I may further assist you. Thanks in advance!