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Gefen Breaks HDMI v1.3 Distance Barrier Using Cat-5

Connectivity solutions provider Gefen has released its HDMI v1.3 over Cat-5 ELR (Extra Long Range) extender. This sender/receiver system sends high definition video with audio, Ethernet and IR back channel up to 330 feet (100m) over just one Cat-5 cable. This is nearly double the distance previous systems could reach using two Cat-5 cables.

The ability to extend Ethernet allows IP-based applications to be easily integrated into the system, and an IR blaster allows the remote source to be controlled by an IR remote pointed at the display.

High-definition resolutions up to 1080p/60, full HD supporting deep color, lip sync, and 8.1 digital audio with Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio are delivered instantly from the local source to the extended display.