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HDMI® Over CAT5E / CAT6 Extender Wall Plate (Pair) w/ Built-In Backward IR Channel - Single Port (1P) - White
The Monoprice HDMI® Extender can extend an HDMI video signal up to 30 meters over two Cat6 ethernet cables run through the walls. This unit supports all NTSC and PAL video resolutions up to 1080p with 24/36 bit Deep Color. It supports LPCM, Dolby®-AC3, DTS® 7.1, and DSD audio signals. This is a passive device, so no power adapter is needed! The wall plates also feature a built-in IR extender system, with all the necessary hardware, so you can control your equipment from the other room using your regular remote control.
- Supports High Speed HDMI signals (1080p)
- Supports Deep Color
- Passive, no power adapter required
- Includes IR receiver and transmitter to extend remote control signal
- Supports single-band IR signals between 39-45 kHz
- IR cables supplied with unit are 4'10" long
- FCC and CE Approved
Note: Monoprice strongly recommends the use of minimum 24 AWG HDMI cables when connecting a device, such as this extender, between the source and destination devices to ensure minimal signal loss and maximum High Speed signal reliability.
Note: Although this extender will work with Cat5e UTP cables, Monoprice STRONGLY recommends using Cat6 STP cabling for anything longer than minimal distances. Cat6 STP cabling will provide the highest reliability and signal integrity to ensure that your installation is trouble-free under all conditions for years to come.
Requireslow-voltage mounting brackets (one per wall plate). These are not included!
- User's Manual (May 31, 2011)
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.
|Data Transfer Speed||6.75Gbps – 10.2Gbps|
|Supported HDMI® Resolutions||1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/480p/480i|
|Color Support||24 and 36 bit Deep Color|
|Supported Audio Formats||LPCM, Dolby®-AC3, DTS® 7.1, DSD|
|IR Frequency Range||38 kHz|
|IR Signal Bands||Single|
|Maximum Output Cable Distance||less than 5 meters|
|Maximum Input Cable Distance||less than 5 meters|
|Operating Humidity Range||5 to 90% RH (no condensation)|
|Operating Temperature Range||+5 ~ +131°F (-15 ~ +55°C)|
|Dimensions||4.5" x 2.7" x 1.6" (114 x 70 x 41 mm)|
|Regulatory Certification||FCC, CE|
1.) Some HDMI devices do not put out enough voltage for these to work. When you run into this situation, you can easily fix this by injecting one of these in between the source (DirecTV box, Blu-Ray player, XBOX, etc) and the TX HDMI wall plate: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?ab3=b&utm_expid=58369800-11.R-enhtUGRrSdHz5vzpVS2g.1&c_id=101&cp_id=10113&cs_id=1011306&p_id=8154&seq=1&format=2&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.monoprice.com%2FCategory%3Fc_id%3D101%26cp_id%3D10113%26cs_id%3D1011306. This will amplify the signal, and then the HDMI extender will function. Connection is: Source Amplifier 8008 TX HDMI wall plate 8008 RX HDMI wall plate TV
2.) If you have devices with dual-band IR remotes, order one of these: http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021813.
Throw away the receiver and emitter that came with the HDMI Wall Plates (8008), and use the receiver and emitters from the 9895 Dual Band IR Repeater instead. Plug the receiver into the 8008 RX HDMI wall plate. Plug a stereo 3.5mm Male to Male cable into the IR port on the 8008 TX HDMI wall plate end, and plug the other end of this cable into the "IR Receiver" port on the 9895 Dual Band IR Repeater. The cable that I'm referencing can be found here: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?ab3=b&utm_expid=58369800-11.R-enhtUGRrSdHz5vzpVS2g.1&c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021802&p_id=644&seq=1&format=2. Plug in the power cable for the 9895 Dual Band IR Repeater. This will make sure that there's 5V going to the HDMI wall plate as well - you'll see the LED light up. Then plug your 9895 Dual Band IR Repeater emitters into the emitter ports, and you now have dual-band IR.
3.) I had an issue with the screen flickering when using a Blu-Ray player (every other device was working fine) and this wall plate. The flickering would go away if I connected the Blu-Ray player directly to the TV with an HDMI cable. I fixed this by changing the YCBCR setting in the Blu-Ray player's settings menu from 4.4.4 to 4.2.2. Changing this stopped the flickering, and allowed me to use the Blu-Ray player. Only had to return 3 Blu-ray players before I discovered this. :-)
Hope this helps.
PROS: Works well when you don't know the length of HDMI cables that you need. Also, pulling CAT6 can somewhat allow you to "future proof" yourself, as there's at least a chance that there could be a new balun for newer technology.
CONS: Dual Band IR support (I have a fix for this)
Won't transmit low-power HDMI signals (I also have a fix for this)
To make this product usable out of the box, there's two things that monoprice needs to add (I have my own solutions to these):
1.) External Power
2.) Dual band IR support
PROS: HDMI extender portion works great
CONS: IR remote is only single channel so doesn't work with many cable or satellite boxes.
PROS: Does exactly what I expected it to do. Easy! Works great and saves me the monthly cost for an additional cable box.
CONS: Unit does not fit into plastic, "old work" electrical boxes but can be made to go into the box with little effort.
PROS: Easy setup.
Works as advertised.
CONS: IR on transmitter end coming from the cable box seems unable to accept a different transmitter eye.
PROS: Extending the monitor works great.
CONS: Not compatible with ALL electronics. I am using a SPECO camera system and the IR functionality did not work.. The spec for this product says "Supports single-band IR signals between 39-45 kHz" which apparently is not compatible with SPECO
PROS: Easy to Install.
Works as advertised.
Cat6 is easier to run than HDMI.
CONS: Doesn't work on some devices, check with Monoprice support.
Red LED is a little bright (easily fixable)
I debated purchasing because I couldn't get clarification from Monoprice or UVerse that the IR function would work, because if it didn't this extender would be basically useless for my intended use. I bought anyway figuring I'd test it before doing the actual install and RMA if didn't work.
The item arrive quickly and well-packaged. Inside the box was the two wall plates with trim rings, two IR sensors with mounting tape, and useless instructions. I say useless because all it tells you is a sequence to hook up the wires, which is pretty self-explanatory. It leaves out, what I discovered to be most important detail- the recommended IR sensor location.
The first extender I received revealed a problem other reviewers experienced- clunky operation of the IR only properly sensing and forwarding maybe only one of 20 remote clicks. The extender was connected with 30' of TSP cat6 cables(as recommended), the IR input sensor was located directly underneath the TV, and the sender IR sensor placed directly in front of the STB's remote control IR sensor. When testing, I pointed the STB's remote directly at the IR input sensor from 10' away. In discussion with Monoprice's tech support they acknowledged my set-up was correct, that the extender was faulty, and a RMA was issued and replacement shipped.
The 2nd extender I set-up in the exact fashion as the first, and this one performed much better- still clunky, but properly forwarded 1 in 5 remote clicks. I decided to live with it and fully installed the unit. To my dismay the functionality returned to the poor performance of the first one. Frustrated, I assumed the problem was with the placement of the forwarding sensor. I moved that sensor a dozen times with no improvement. Later, I discovered the IR wouldn't work if I pointed the remote directly at the INPUT, but worked fine if I pointed it at a 90 degree angle away from it- or even if I pointed it completely away from it. Almost as if the sensor is designed to pick up the remote signal being bounced off a wall. I moved the IR sensor behind the TV pointed downward at the floor and it is now working great.
There may be some electronic pro's out there laughing that this placement is common knowledge. Well, I'm no pro, and so far as I can tell this device isn't marketed strictly for pro's. A slightly more in-depth instruction manual that covered this issue would have made an extremely frustrating install much, much easier. Even in my communications with Monoprice support did they address sensor placement. Additionally, it's likely the first extender was fine, and the delay I incurred due to troubleshooting efforts and eventual RMA further the frustration.
But in the end it's working good. Were it not for it's woefully poor instructions I would've rated it 9 or 10.
Hopefully this long-winded review will help others. FYI, my UVerse STB model is a Motorola VIP1200
PROS: Transmits video and audio well, wall plate provides for a very neat looking installation. Although unsure before purchasing, happy to confirm it works with AT&T UVerse.
CONS: Extremely vague instructions, particularly regarding IR sensor placement. Monoprice tech support that could be quicker and more knowledgeable about this item.
PROS: Video and Audio transmit flawlessly.
IR Transmit is ok when paired with the IR sensor from PID 7537.
Price is quite good.
CONS: included IR sensor almost doesn't work at all.
I found a separate voltage adapter from a different company that grounded the voltage on the HDMI line, and replaced it with a stead +5V. That made all the difference. I now get 1080p video as expected except from my PS3...from that I still can only get 1080i steadily. Next up is to try buying a powered extender to boost the signal strength. Hopefully that will end my odyssey of trying to run HDMI long distances for 1080p.
PROS: Easy to run long distances
CONS: Doesn't work from some AVRs
Might need a separate power supply
Needed to use 24AWG HDMI cables