Doesn't work with all cables regardless of cat5, cat5e, cat6 or cat6a
I was really excited to get this unit as a substitute for a well known brand HDMI extender that I'm currently using for professional installs. I did various tests and trials and come to find out that the weakest link to the unit itself is HDBaseT connections (although I did not do a full-on throughput test to see what and where the lag will be or why the send and receive units would just sit and wait for a signal). Sadly enough, I couldn't recommend this product for a professional setting since it seems to be unreliable with longer runs than 150'. I had various lengths from 10' to 200' Cat 5, 5e, 6, and 6a at 24 awg and 26 awg. As appropriate, I wanted to make sure this unit can work with a 6a SFTP with shielded connectors because the cables could be installed in an environment full of noise and interference for such long run within a building. For shorter lengths running under a 100' using other cat5/5e and a cheaply made UTP cat6, the signal would go through and I would get my images to display with about an expected 1 to 2 seconds of handshaking/connection. I sent a full 1920x1080 resolution from various laptops coupled using anywhere from 1' to 15' HDMI cables and it would work with a shorter (under 100') run cat5/5e/6 cable, but not a 6a at 24 awg. Go figure, granted that this product clearly states "use cat5e or cat6. The unit isn't defective, just not all that great to push the signal all the way through from HDMI source to HDMI source. While it is nice to have the extra ethernet ports on them, this is just an overpriced 3-port switch to me if the HDBase-T doesn't work well with the HDMI at longer runs. Still expensive for what it is now that you can get new slim run HDMI fiber cables (14316) if HDMI was your primary use.
I'll reserve my rating to a 3 for now until Monoprice can get back to me of their recommended cables that can extend to the 100 meters that they are claiming for this unit. Typically, it's much easier to replace these units which are at the ends and not the cable when it comes to installation. Who would want to mess with fishing and pulling cable because the units aren't compatible (especially when the ethernet cable is robust and it's doing its job)?
PROS: -Great size, came with L-brackets, screws for mounting -Also came with 2 IR sensors and the DC Adapters are slim profile where the tail connector comes out from the side, thus doesn't block up an outlet on a single-gang receptacle, or power strip/linear surge protector. -Simple plug and play -Neat feature to have 3 other ethernet ports to help eliminate the need to run multiple cat 5 cables
CONS: -expensive implementation for sending HDMI -does not work with all certified cat5, cat5e, cat6, and cat6a, including shielded connectors. All cables were tested and used in transmitting from network switch to network switch as well as computer terminal to network switch/internet and all came out with good throughput internet speed results. The send and/or receive unit did not work when cables were longer than 150' -ugly as crap IR sensors, just hide them, forever. -LED status indicators are as good as prehistoric paintings. We see that you are on, but blinking doesn't doesn't tell me anything more (and the manual doesn't say anything about the types of blinking). We know you are working when we see the output on our display.. we don't need an LED indicator telling us something that we already know.
I have three of these now, one of which I have had for at least a year and they are working flawlessly. I am using these throughout my house as I have all my a/v equipment centrally located in my basement. These are transmitting all forms of audio and video without a glitch. I believe I have experienced excessive latency when using the Ethernet and HDMI extender although I don't have data to support this. I strictly use these for the HDMI extension function. I have zero experience with the IR senders and receivers.
PROS: Does exactly what it is supposed to do. Simple easy to interpret status lights. Lightweight and fairly compact.
CONS: Have on rare occasions needed to unexpectedly cycle the power to get these to work after periods without use.
We have used many of these for our customers. We have experienced about a 10% failure rate at this point. In most cases it appears the receiver end is the failure unit. It would be very nice to offer the receiver and transmitter individually. The warranty is one year and we are seeing about half failures beyond the warranty period. I would much rather pay for only the unit needed to get pair back up and running vice buy a whole new set.
PROS: Overall very good. Fast setup and very little problems out of the box. These work well on CAT5e UTP. Great functionality overall. 3 LAN ports per end is very helpful....
CONS: One way IR. Failure rate. When failure is within warranty period Monoprice is receptive and does a good job with replacements - although they used to offer AWR and have now resorted to requiring defective units shipped in and bench tested before sending replacements. This is a problem for customers - causing extended down times.
I have 3 HDbaseT extenders from Monoprice and 2 of them have died at the same time. They sit on a shelf until needed for corporate jobs. On this one the receiver no longer has link or HDCP leds lit. Tried cables, sources, monitors, power supplies and it's dead. Out of warranty of course. Fortunately they're inexpensive enough to buy two sets to have a backup.
PROS: Good value while it's working. I typically used it up to 200' with Cat6a with no connection problems.
CONS: Receiver died out of warranty with very little use
I have noted from a few reviews that this device as a high failure rate. But purchased it anyway. I've never seen "personally" any Monoprice cable, or device fail until now. It fit my needs, then it failed.
PROS: Works well when it was working
CONS: Unit failed with in two weeks after deployment
I bought this product to connect a DirecTV Mini in my bedroom to the tv in our study. I had Cat5e run thoughout the house. The length of the run is approximately 125 feet. Picture is perfect and I'm also running IR over the cable with almost no delayed response when using remote.
For those of you who are "do-it-yourselfers", I terminated the ends of the cables myself. Normally I would simply use the 568b spec without issue. When I terminated the ends that way, I got a flashing light for the link which means signal is not coming across. After much troubleshooting, I re-terminated using 568a, which simply flips 2 wires and it worked. Not sure why that would matter, but it did so wanted to pass along. I recommend the product, works well.
PROS: Easy to setup, good price compared to comparable products from other vendors, works as advertised!
I installed the two units over a distance of 30m with CAT6 cable, going directly from a HDMI splitter at the satellite receiver to the TV in my master bedroom. With my old Philips TV it worked flawlessly also with BBC HD and ITV HD. Now with my new Panasonic Viera 42 inch TV (2013 series) at first it worked fine on HD but now I get no sound when I receive the British HD channels... SD channels all work fine. At the transmitter end all works fine with sound, only not on the extended connection.
PROS: Easy to connect, works right away, excellent quality
CONS: Gets a bit warm, stays around 40 degrees Celsius on the outside.
We were into phase one of a building project when lighting hit our church. Wipeed out entire AV system. We decided go ahead and upgrade our video and audio systems. We upgraded our video system from a analog VGA projection based system to large LED panels using HDMI for computer and live video. We need to feed three panels in the alter area from the AV area ~ 175'away. We found that using two of these extenders one with a HDMI splitter works fine. The HDMI switch that switches between live and computer output does hesitate momentarily but it is fine considering the alternative is a $5,000 video/fader switch. All cabling and HDMI hardware purchased from Monoprice except the panels, video camera (canon G20) and the Pan/Tilt system. We are very pleased with all our Monoprice purchases. The two 70" panel and one choir 37" panel in the altar area and two 60" panels in the chapel and foyer. deliver wonderful life like video. The congregation says the panel video is easier to see that watching live. Very successful implementation.
PROS: Works great as long as you don't try to split three devices at the far end. Source to one or two panels yield perfect 1080p video as far as we can tell. We have tried it out to about 175'. Easy to use and setup. Great solution to our problem.
CONS: I don't see any problem with my application.