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Bit-Path AV HDMI over Ethernet Extender Kit
Monoprice Bit-Path AV™ is revolutionary new technology for transmitting HDMI® video over long distances. It features a proprietary IP-based network topology, which allows it to operate as a standalone system, transmitting the HDMI signal to distances up to 120 meters over a single Ethernet cable*. You can also plug it into your existing Ethernet local area network and use the existing network infrastructure to transmit the signal over any distance, without interfering with your LAN traffic. It supports the 1080p FHD resolution, 3D video, and multichannel, compressed and uncompressed audio. Best of all, it is a true Plug-n-Play solution, allowing installers and end-users alike to quickly and easily create an HDMI distribution system for home and business applications alike.
Easy Installation: By using a proprietary IP-based network topology, the Bit-Path AV™ system can be up in running in a matter of minutes. Use it as a standalone extender, using a single Ethernet cable to distances up to 120 meters, or plug into an existing LAN and transmit the HDMI® signal over any distance.
Use Almost Anywhere: As long as you have access to a power outlet, you can use this extender. Use a single Ethernet cable for standalone operation or plug into a router or Ethernet switch to use an existing network infrastructure. The slim transmitter and receiver modules can be wall mounted for easy access.
Auto Scale Resolution: The system automatically adjusts the output resolution based on the signal source and transmission distance to ensure the highest quality picture possible.
Transmission Distance: Using a single Ethernet cable* in standalone mode, you can transmit 1080p HDMI® signals to distances up to 120 meters. Alternatively, you can use an existing LAN to transmit the signal to any distance.
Standalone: Use a single Ethernet cable* between the transmitter and receiver to extend the HDMI® signal to distances up to 120 meters.
Existing Network: Plug the system into routers or network switches on an existing local area network to extend the HDMI® signal over any distance using existing network infrastructure.
HDMI® Splitter: By using an Ethernet switch** and multiple receivers, in either a standalone or existing network installation, you can split the HDMI signal to multiple destinations. Unlike other HDMI splitters, the system scales with your needs, from a simple 1x2 split using two receivers to an extensive, complex and unlimited split using multiple receivers. You can even use multiple receivers in conjunction with conventional splitters to further multiply the number of displays you can use.
The Bit-Path AV™ HDMI® Extender is the perfect solution for extending and optionally splitting an HDMI signal to drive one or more displays at distances up to 120 meters in standalone configurations or any distance, using existing network infrastructure.
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|HDMI® Signal||Compatible with HDCP v1.2|
|Supported Resolutions||480i@60Hz, 480p@60Hz, 576i@50Hz, 576p@50Hz, 720p@50/60Hz, 1080i@50/60Hz, 1080p@50/60Hz|
|Supported Network Cables||Cat 5/5e/6, UTP or STP (Cat6 STP highly recommended)|
|Standalone Transmission Distance||Up to 120 meters with a 1080p signal over a single Cat6 STP cable|
|Network Transmission Distance||Unlimited using existing infrastructure**|
|Maximum Signal Splits||Unlimited in both standalone and existing network installations|
|IR Repeater Support||Supports single and dual band IR devices using 20 ~ 60 kHz frequencies|
|Operating Temperature||+32 ~ +140°F (0 ~ +60°C)|
|Power Supply (each)||5 VDC, 1A|
|Power Consumption||3.5 watts (Transmitter), 3 watts (Receiver)|
|Dimensions (each)||5.1" x 3.3" x 0.9" (130 x 84 x 23 mm)|
* For best results, use Cat6 STP cabling.
** For best results, use Gigabit (1000Mbps) rated switches and cabling.
- Firmware Upgrade Guide (Feb 17, 2016)
Bit-Path AV™ is a trademark of Monoprice Inc.
HDMI®, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Questions and Answers
The Cat6a doubles data transmission bandwidth, from 250 to 500 MHz; decreases the chance of crosstalk interference; and provides superior reliability and transmission speeds through greater lengths of cable. Unlike most Cat6 cables, Cat6a cables are also often shielded, making them ideal for industrial use where additional interference may be a concern.
CONS: Bad for home theater installs
It turns out that these were flooding the network and saturating it. So much so that the wifi could not compete, but interestingly wired still worked (probably a latency issue...)
With all of them plugged in WiFi choked and died. All of them unplugged, wifi worked great, no problems. Spent the day plugging and unplugging and testing. 100% sure that these are the problem. But they work well for extending the HDMI (and ridding me of the need for cable boxes) so I am going to buy a spool of CAT6 and rewire all of them onto a separate network with their own switch.
PROS: They work
CONS: They trash your network bandwidth.
PROS: low cost easy setup video looks great HDMI splitter feature will be a plus when the receiver modules become available separately
CONS: latency will not pass audio from a Windows Media Center PC
A similar product was able to get a picture at 1080p@60hz.
PROS: might work for some people at shorter distances and be able to multiply TV sets
CONS: Weak signal boosting strength, or maybe bad EDID
Not Uncompressed multi-channel Audio!
Overall, the product meets my needs. It gets bogged down at times, but recovers well. I just wish I would've seen that there was a TX version with the HDMI loop out before I ordered this one. Would've saved me the added complication of using an HDMI splitter.
PROS: Easy setup, works pretty solid
CONS: Sometimes takes longer to make initial connection, bogs down network with packet flooding, lack of configuration options
PROS: - HDMI over IP-based Ethernet
- Long distance
- Good sync
CONS: - One sender per subnet/VLAN
- No controls
I tried a local point to point and that worked without issue. The receiver has an on-screen status display which is useful. I haven't tried the IR functionality yet or with multiple receivers. I also haven't had a chance to test how much of a delay is present.
In short, if you need to get HDMI to a remote/secondary location, this is a very cost effective choice.
PROS: Plug an Play, works well point to point, and over existing network, on screen connection status.
CONS: Manual doesn't give info about bandwidth requirements, additional receivers not available (yet).
I suspect this is using IP Multicast protocol, so that means you wont want to run it through your home router or shared switch. For most people, if you have to run this through a switch, it'd be best to buy a dedicated min-switch as cheap as they are. Still, better to use a dedicated ethernet (CAT6) run if at all possible. Most people wont have managed switches with VLAN support in their homes, but if you do, this should work as well since you should be able to segregate traffic among physical ports, but I have not tried this myself.
In summary, though I get my FireTV output to my secondary screen with good clarity, in 1080p, with good sound so I'm happy with it. I suspect as long as you go into it with the fore kowledge that it doesn't play well home networking, you should be happy as well!
PROS: Quick, easy setup, plug it in and play, no fiddly configuration required as long as you're going point to point or over dedicated switch fabric.
CONS: Product page should be more up-front about the networking limitations so people don't bring this home, plug it in to their home LAN, and spend hours wondering why their network slows to a crawl.
PROS: worked easily.
The Monoprice customer support was fantastic.
CONS: too much latency for my application
Originally, I just connected these to infrastructure switches but they completely saturated the network (with only one pair). The traffic was being sent everywhere, including the wifi network which wasn't able to keep up. So I first moved to setting up dedicated VLANs for those ports which worked fine (needed some QoS tuning to remove lag). As I added new conference rooms I just moved everything to a dedicated switch and VLANs to maintain isolation between pairings of devices. As there is no other traffic on the switch there is no need to mess with QoS settings, which simplifies things.
I also have a set of these at home. I use it for backyard movie night. I run the cable from my HDMI out on the amp to the projector in the backyard. This is point to point (no infrastructure). The run in about 200ft. Works really well over Cat6 STP even at 1080P. However, at that length with Cat5e+1080P was "questionable" (lots of drop out). Dropping to 720P was ok which is fine for outdoor projection. Cat6 STP was definitely the way to go. So watch your cables, especially over long distances and high resolutions.
PROS: Point to point is easy. Do this if you can.
Dedicate VLANs on switches. If you don't know how, dedicate switches to a device group, or go point-to-point.
CONS: Working with infrastructure networks requires knowledge of switches and VLANs.