Connectivity solutions provider Gefen announced the availability of its improved version of the Extender for HDMI v1.3 over one CAT-6a cable.

This sender/receiver system delivers high-definition video at 1080p full HD with up to 12-bit deep color support up to 175 feet (53m) in length using just one shielded CAT-6a cable. Resolutions at 1080i/60 can be extended even further up to 250 feet (76m). All HDMI v1.3 features are supported including lip sync audio, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio.

With this extender, installers can cut cable costs by half, as previous solutions required the use of two CAT-5 cables to reach the same distance. WDisplays mounted on walls or projectors installed on the ceiling can receive their HDMI signal from a source located in a rack mounted area or closet. At the 175 foot extension length, the system can accommodate most large conference rooms, retail or entertainment spaces.

"This extender was designed to offer professionals a reliable alternative to the use of two CAT-5 cables," said Hagai Gefen, president and CEO, Gefen Inc, in a statement. "If a building is already wired with one CAT-5 cable, installers can tap into the existing infrastructure at a shorter distance and avoid new cable runs. But with one CAT-6 cable, this system will streamline the installation even further and extend the range of extension."

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