4x4 True Matrix HDMI Powered Switch with Remote Control (Rev. 3.0)
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    4x4 True Matrix HDMI Powered Switch with Remote Control (Rev. 3.0)

    If you're like most people, you have your home theater setup in one room, but have TVs in other rooms as well. This gives everyone in the house the ability to watch what they want, when they want. But what if the kids want to watch a DVD while you want to watch the big game in the living room with your friends? You can lug the DVD player to the other room for the kids, but a better solution is to use an this 4x4 True Matrix HDMI® Switch from Monoprice!

    With this switch you don't need to move equipment from room-to-room, nor do you have to buy duplicate equipment for the other rooms in your home. This matrix provides 4 HDMI inputs, which allows you to connect the Xbox 360™, cable box, blu-ray player, and the output from your Android phone. Any of these four inputs can be independently selected for either of the four outputs. Each display can select the same or different inputs.

    The switch includes a remote control, allowing direct selection of any of the inputs for each of the four outputs. Additionally, the matrix can be controlled by a computer, via an RS232 serial port, as well as front panel controls.

    The matrix supports the full High Speed 1080p@60Hz HDMI video resolution and features a 6.75Gbps bandwidth, sufficient to support 3D video, 36-bit Deep Color, x.v.Color™, and high-definition multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™. It is powered by an included 5 VDC, 2A AC adapter. The four input and four output HDMI ports are gold plated to ensure smooth, corrosion-free connections. It measures about 11" x 5.8" x 1.5".

    Note: Monoprice strongly recommends using 22AWG, 24AWG, or active HDMI cables with Redmere technology to achieve the best results and to ensure minimum signal loss over longer distances.



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    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.

    DTS® is a registered trademark and the DTS logos, Symbol, DTS-HD™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are trademarks of DTS, Inc.

    Dolby® and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby TrueHD™ is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.

    x.v.Color™ is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

    Xbox® and Xbox 360® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.




    Dimensions:  11" wide x 1.5" high x 5.75" deep.

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    Anyone successfully been able to connect via Minicom on Lunix to this device? Serial does not seem to be connecting
    New User U on Feb 20, 2017
    Can you output to two devices at once? I have two TVs side by side and want to be able to use them as two monitors for one computer, or one monitor each for two computers.
    Alex W on May 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can split up to 4 different inputs between 4 different outputs, meaning you could have 1 one computer and output it to 4 different TVs, or 4 different computers outputted to 1 TV each, etc.
    Can you force DHCP to be fixed so sources see the same info all the time? does DHCP pass through unimpeded?
    Robert M on Dec 8, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I've had tivo/xbox/dvd/roku and all outputs can show same DHCP and I've had all 4 outputs have different inputs and its worked fine. Hope this helps
    Are you able to purchase additional remotes for this unit?
    New User U on Aug 15, 2017
    I'd like to control this with another remote. What code do I enter when programming my remote to at least power this unit on/off?
    A shopper on Feb 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not have remote codes that are compatible with universal remotes. We recommend using a universal remote with a IR learning function. I hope this helps, and of course if you have any more questions feel free to contact us!
    I have my sattelite tv signal output going into input 1. I have two TV's one using ouput A and one using ouput b. I get picture but no sound on output b's tv. What is the secret to getting sound to output b's tv? Out b's TV is using an HDMI wireless extender.
    A shopper on Jul 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Is output a attached to a sound system at all before it goes to the TV sounds like something is telling the source to do Dolby Digital or some kind of encoding that your output B TV decode
    Does this work with 1920x1200 (16x10 format for my projectors...)?
    Mike H on Jun 7, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for you question. This unit would not support higher than 1920x1080 resolutions.
    Can this be hooked up to a laptop computer to play music and stream vide?. The Monoprice 4 X 4 mini splitter wIth output connected to a sony bravia only displayed the wallpaper then went black while the computer was in use.
    New User U on Feb 24, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Sorry to hear of the issues you had experienced. It sounds like the computer read the Sony Bravia as an extended monitor. Which would be as if you were using 2 monitors as 1 monitor. I would recommend going into your display settings and switching it to mirror the display rather than extend the display. Also be sure that you are providing a resolution to the TV that it will be able to support.

    Feel free to reach out to our technical support team if you require additional assistance.
    Anyone have a recommendation for a RS 232 to USB cable that works with this switch?
    A shopper on Jan 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. In order to better assist you, please feel free to contact us at tech@monoprice.com with a detailed question and our knowledgeable Technical Support staff would be more than happy to assist. Thank you
    I can't get the volume to work and I have the right wiring?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, in regards to your question, did you make sure your in a 2 channel PCM for audio? As that will work best with the matrix for testing purposes. Please let me know, thank you!
    Can this send the same signal to two displays that are different resolution? (One 1080p, the other 720p)
    New User U on Jul 31, 2017
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    Here are the 232 commands
    My only complaint is that the switch will only go to an input if that input is alive and powered up. This caused me to change my macros to wait a bit before calling a switch on the Monoprice 4x4.

    Here are the 232 commands, working and tested. A regular null modem cable works (you can get at most electronic stores) female DB-9 on both ends. Baud is 9600, N, 8, 1

    commands are simple (same as the commands for the 4x2 model) "X, NOT(X), d5, 7b"

    X just goes from 0 to F as as you see below...

    NOT is the byte opposite. So in hex, NOT(00) is FF

    4 characters total (hex for all)

    output 1: input 1 "00,ff,d5,7b"
    input 2 "01,fe,d5,7b"
    input 3 "02,fd,d5,7b"
    input 4 "03,fc,d5,7b"
    output2: input 1 "04,fb,d5,7b"
    input 2 "05,fa,d5,7b"
    input 3 "06,f9,d5,7b"
    input 4 "07,f8,d5,7b"
    output3: input 1 "08,f7,d5,7b"
    input 2 "09,f6,d5,7b"
    input 3 "0a,f5,d5,7b"
    input 4 "0b,f4,d5,7b"
    output4: input 1 "0c,f3,d5,7b"
    input 2 "0d,f2,d5,7b"
    input 3 "0e,f1,d5,7b"
    input 4 "0f,f0,d5,7b"

    **note, a regular null modem cable will NOT work with the computer software they provide, as the pinout of the cable they recommend is unusual and different. null modem cable works fine for home automation 232 control however. if you like, you can create a custom cable for the computer controlled software to work. this cable is pins 1-9 all straight through, except for pins 2 and 3 which are crossed. this custom cable will do both the 232 hom automation control, and their software.

    ENJOY!! - Chris
    September 21, 2009
    May work in a simple HDMI setup, if you need advanced features look elsewhere.
    HDMI video switching and distribution is a tricky beast to tame. HDMI is a two-way communication protocol that does not handle weak signals well and this switch may not work depending on your situation. In addition, HDMI was never intended to be used in a video distribution scenario. Source devices (DVD, Blue Ray, AppleTV) can only handshake with ONE display at a time. Because of this, the least common denominator of all displays must be used in a matrix scenario.

    Important features this switch lacks:

    No manual EDID management. A switch with manual EDID management lets you manually tell your source devices what the least common denominator of your displays is, for both audio and video. Why is this important? For several reasons. Say you have one TV that accepts Dolby Digital audio, but all your other TVS only will handle LPCM. With manual EDID management, you can manually send an EDID that forces all your sources to LPCM audio. This ensures the sources are sending signals that can be switched in a matrix scenario to all your displays. Another reason for manual EDID management is it makes switching sources faster, as the sources never know that anything has changed with the display. The source thinks the display is always connected. An alternative to manual EDID management would be for the switch to intelligently provide an "intersection" of all the EDIDs from your displays, and provide this least common denominator EDID to your sources. This switch does not even do this well. So, if your displays support different audio and resolutions, you will have problems with black screens and no audio.

    No signal equalization/amplification. As I mentioned, HDMI does not handle weak signals well. This switch does not equalize or amplify the HDMI signal before it distributes it. So it basically is outputting weak HDMI signals. Depending on your cabling solution, you may or may not have issues with these weak signals. This is why it doesn't work with HDMI extenders over CAT5, because they also will weaken the signal further.

    So will this switch work for me? Maybe. If you are:

    - NOT using HDMI over CAT5 extenders
    - All of your displays have the same audio/video capabilities
    - Do not have extremely long cable runs

    then it will probably work ok. It didn't work in my particular setup. I ended up buying a much more expensive switch that has the features this switch lacks and it solved every single issue I was having. I'm disappointed that Monoprice does not mention anything about how this switch handles (or does not handle) EDID in the item description. This is an important aspect of HDMI switching that the purchaser should understand up front. I had to figure out this on my own so I'm not happy with the purchase of this switch.


    PROS: Metal chassis, inexpensive.

    CONS: No manual EDID management, puts out weak HDMI signals.
    January 29, 2013
    Disappointed - Do Not Use with HDMI Extenders
    I can't even begin to explain what a huge disappointment this is. I just built a brand new house and had a master plan. All my components were going to be centrally located in a closet with HDMI over CAT5e/6 extenders going to 8 different TV locations. I was going to use two of these 4x4 switches to power the TV's. I ran 2 CAT6 STP cables to each location. Installed 8 HDMI extenders inputs in the closet (PID 8201) and the receivers at each location. Everything was going to be great... until I actually hooked it all up.

    In isolation, the extenders (PID 8201) worked great. As soon as you introduce this matrix switch, most would fail to keep a signal on the remote TV. Colors would blink out, lines would appear, audio would drop, etc. I had two of these switches for my master plan, so I was able to try them both. Same result. I had even used power adapters at both ends of the HDMI extenders, and that didn't help. I can plug in a cheap 1x2 HDMI splitter (I mean really cheap) and it handles the extenders just fine. This Matrix just did not want to work at all.

    Monoprice tech support said "these switches are not rated to work with those extenders". Of course, this isn't printed anywhere. They suggested I use a different matrix that comes bundled with extenders, but those extenders require a separate receiver box that is ugly compared to the clean in-wall install of the 8201 product. Too late for me to return $200 of extenders that won't do what I want, but at least I can get store credit for the two matrix boxes.

    I would strong advise that you do not count on this switch working with an extender. If it does, good for you. It appears they are just too flaky to rely on.

    PROS: Nice look. Solid construction.

    CONS: Does not appear to consistently work with any HDMI over CAT5e/6 Extenders.
    July 30, 2012
    Exactly what i wanted
    I never lost video on any outputs due to changing video in another room as others have described, not even an audio hick up, nothing at all. Install was as simple as it gets. I'm using all i/O on this switcher.
    Input 1 - motorola cable box dch6416
    Input 2 - motorola cable box dh6416
    Input 3 - Xbox 360
    Input 4 - PS3

    Output 1 - 75ft cat5-hdmi to samsung 46" dlp
    Output 2 - 50ft hdmi to samsung 50" plasma
    Output 3 - 50ft hdmi to pioneer 50" plasma
    Output 4 - 30ft hdmi to pioneer 60" plasma
    I'm controlling the matrix switcher with an mrf350 and every room has a mx850.
    I have used 4 rooms at once switching sources around to see if the switcher would blackout a room or do something indicating a problem but this $156 switcher worked GREAT. The only thing is i wish i bought it a long time ago.



    PROS: Cannot beat the price. Works great.
    Flawless audio/video. No flickering, or hesitation. RS232 control.

    CONS: No complaints from me at this point. So far 100% satisfied.
    Any cons would be nit picking. I got what i expected plus some:)
    July 15, 2011
    Not a true 4x4 non-blocking switch
    I haven't read all 160+ reviews to see if this has been mentioned before, but this switch has a serious flaw. This is NOT a fully independent 4x4 matrix switch (also known as a non-blocking switch in digital telephony parlance). Here is the scenario:



    HDMI Input 2 gets a Blu-ray player.

    HDMI Input 3 gets a Roku player.

    Outputs A,B,C, and D are connected to four 7.1 channel receivers, which in turn feed various TVs.



    If outputs A, B, and C all select Input 2 (the Blu-ray player), output D cannot select Input 3 (the Roku player). The swapped input selection is also true (if A,B, and C are watching the Roku, output D cannot watch the Blu-ray player). I did not have time to analyze all the blocked paths in this switch, but there are more that exist.



    In my case above, I was able to find a working non-blocked configuration:

    HDMI Input 1 gets the Blu-ray player.

    HDMI Input 3 gets the Roku player.

    In this case, inputs A,B,C and D can select either input independently.



    This is pretty sneaky behavior, and it took me hours and hours of debug time to finally nail what was going on. Hence the low rating.

    PROS: Inexpensive, easy to install, and multiple control options (IR, RS-232).

    CONS: This switch is not have fully independent switching.
    January 5, 2015
    Poor quality - Two AC-DC power supply failures
    Have had this unit for a year and a half. The first time the AC-DC adapter failed the unit was under warranty and I received a new AC-DC adapter. The second time the AC-DC adapter failed the unit was out of its 1 year warranty. I was told the AC/DC adapter could not be replaced. Had to buy a new entire system (adapter and box at $150) or find a local electronics repair shop to fix the adapter. We have a lot of those in the corn fields of Indiana.

    PROS: When the box is working, does what is advertised.

    CONS: Poor AC-DC adapter reliability. I have had two failures in the year and a half I have owned the unit.
    January 26, 2013
    Finally Died after 4 years
    I bought one back in 2010 and gave a positive review (you can see my review below). Still quite happy with it up until the day it died. Switching times are small/non-existent except when two sets with different native formats use the same input. Even here, the switch/blanking time is not bad. Drove 40 foot HDMI cables with no issues.



    Last night one input couldn't be seen from any output. By this morning, no inputs worked.

    Power On-Off didn't help and the unit was unresponsive to the front panel controls.



    Ordered another one. I'll be happy if it lasts the same 4+ years.



    PROS: Worked well. RIP. Will purchase another one.

    CONS: Wish it had separate on-off codes
    January 27, 2015
    Excellent
    Works exactly like it's supposed to (and better than the 4 x 2 version for some reason: even after a warranty exchange, for whatever reason, the 4 x 2 usually lost the audio when switching a certain input or output - I had to turn the unit off and back on to get the audio playing again that unit is sitting in the closet collecting dust now). Search online for other products like this 4 x 4 and you won't believe how much more expensive they are. If this has the features you need, don't hesitate, get it.

    Also, for $3.42 more, get an extra remote because they're small, easy to misplace and if you have to buy another one later, depending on where you live, shipping will probably cost you more than the remote itself plus, I can use the remote in another room about 50' away with an infrared remote extender I hooked up for my extra Tivo remote, I can actually change inputs/outputs from there too.

    PROS: Pros: 4 HDMI in 4 HDMI out, mix or match, just like it's supposed to do

    CONS: Cons: None really: it would be nice if the remote worked from further away and at a greater angle, but no big deal it would be nice if the unit did not require AC power, but I doubt that's possible.
    November 6, 2011
    Replaced Old Switch
    Very happy with this product.

    PROS: Works perfectly. I bought this switch to replace a 5 year old one that had failed. The old switch cost 4 times the price of the new one and had quirks from day one including intermittent audio and slow handshaking. The Monoprice switch works flawlessly. I’m using it to connect 4 televisions to 2 PVRs and a BlueRay. Two of the connected cables are 30 feet long but still no problem.

    CONS: None so far.
    March 10, 2012
    Works Flawlessly
    Along with this 4x4 matrix switch I bought HDMI active extender/repeaters (Monoprice PID 2849) for each of my outputs, since all are at the end of a 40' HDMI run. Setup was easy and the unit has operated flawlessly thus far. Switching between inputs is almost instantaneous and I have had no HDCP handshake problems. If any issues come up I will report them here, but right now I am amazed to get this level of reliable and quick HDMI switching for $250 (switch + 3 repeaters)!

    Inputs:
    1. Media Center PC
    2. Xbox 360

    Outputs:
    1. Panasonic TH-50PZ700U
    2. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
    3. Samsung SyncMaster XL2370

    Cable:
    - Ram Electronics HDMI Elite Series, 3 @ 40'
    January 18, 2010

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