Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extenders

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extenders - Review and Photo Profile

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Box - Dual View
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Box - Dual View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

HDMI is now the dominant connection used for both audio and video in home theater setups and installations. However, one problem with HDMI is that signal integrity can be lost over long distances unless some way of boosting the signal is added. One remedy is devices that can take signals that normally travel via HDMI connections and transfer them via the same type Cat5e or Cat cables used in computer networks. One example of this type of product is the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender.

The Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender has the ability to convert HDMI to Cat5e/6 for transfer of audio and video signals as well as providing long distance pass-through of internet and network data ethernet signals. In addition, IR sensor cables are provided to allow remote controls to control both a video display and source device.

To get started in this review of the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender is a photo of front and back of the box it comes in.

As you can see, on the front of the box is an image of the product well as a brief description, and on the back is a further explanation of what the products do.

The features and specifications of the Accell UltraCat include:

1. HDMI, Ethernet, and IR/RS-232 extension via single Cat5e/6 cable utilizing HTBaseT technology.

2. Resolution compatibility: Up to 1920x1080 (1080p/60Hz), as well as 4Kx2K, Computer Resolution up to 1280x1024.

3. Display Capability: Fully 2D and 3D compatible, all Aspect Ratios.

4. Signal Transfer Rate: Up to 10.2 Gbps at 340MHz.

5. HDMI output HDMI ver 1.4, HDCP, CEC.

6. Audio Format Support: LPCM, Compressed Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.

7. Effective Signal Distance: Up to 328 ft. (100m) using Cat-5e (UTP) cable.

8. Cat-5e/6 Termination: TIA/EIA-568B

9. Ethernet Pass Through: 10/100BaseT.

10. Serial Pass Through: RS-232C to 57600 bps/full duplex

11. IR Transmitter and Receiver inputs/outputs: 3.5mm connector

12. Power Supplies (2): 5V/2Amps - 100-240V 50/60Hz 0.3A

13. Power Consumption: 2.5W (transmitter) 5W (receiver)

14. Dimensions (approximate): .6-inches (W) x 4.13-inches (H) x 1.22-inches (D)

15. Total Weight: Transmitter and Receiver: 1.98 lbs.

16. Operating Temperature Range: -5 to +35°C (-41 to +95°F)

Operating humidity: 5 to 90%

17. TMDS Input Voltage: 1.2v peak-peak

18. Input DDC Signal: 5 volts peak-peak

19. Mounting Ears: Supplied (Enables wall or side rack mounting)

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Package Contents

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Package Contents
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Package Contents. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at what is supplied with the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High-Speed Extender.

Starting in the back of the photo shown there is the user guide. Next are the actual HDMI to Cat5E/6 transmitter unit and Cat5E/6 receiver unit. The rest of the items shown are the AC adapters for the transmitter and receiver, as well as 2 IR emitter and 2 IR receiver cables.

On the following pages, you will get a closer look at these units and how they are connected together.

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Accell UltraCat HD HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender Transmitter Dual View

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter - Dual View
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter - Dual View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo are the two ends of the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender Transmitter unit. The top image shows HDMI input where you connect your source device (such as a Blu-ray Disc Player). The Ethernet connection that is next to the HDMI input is where you connect the Ethernet cable that comes from your internet/network router.

Also, the input labeled IR TX is where you connect the provided IR sensor cable that is associated with your source device (such as Blu-ray Disc player), while the input labeled IR RX is where you connect the other provided IR sensor cable that can be accessed by a remote control.

Moving to the bottom portion of the photo is a look at the other end of ​the transmitter unit. On the left side is the RS-232 connection, which is provided for custom-installed home theater setups that incorporated computer control. The RS-232 signals are also able to be transferred via the Cat5E/6 Ethernet cable connection between the Transmitter and Receiver unit. Next is the Link light that tells you that the Transmitter and Receiver are communicating properly. Next is the UTP out - which is simply where you connect the long run Cat5E/6 Ethernet cable that is to go the UTP input located on the receiver unit (to be shown on the next page).

It is important to note that you don't have to use the Accell UltraCat for both Ethernet and HDMI. If you only need to extend HDMI, just use the HDMI function. By the same token, if you only need to the Ethernet extension capability, you can just use that.In addition, the IR remote control and RS-232 functions can also be used separately and both are optional.

Finally, on the right side, is where you plug in the provided AC adapter.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Dual View

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Dual View
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Dual View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo are the two ends of the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender Receiver unit. The top image shows HDMI output where you connect your video display device (such as a TV or video projector). The Ethernet connection that is next to the HDMI input is where you connect the Ethernet cable goes to a device that is intended to receive the internet/network signal (such as TV, Blu-ray Disc player, PC, etc...)

Also, the input labeled IR TX is where you connect the provided IR sensor cable that is associated with your display device (TV - video projector), while the input labeled IR RX is where you connect the other provided IR sensor cable that can be accessed by a remote control.

Moving to the bottom portion of the photo is a look at the other end of ​the receiver unit. On the left side is the RS-232 connection, which is provided for custom-installed home theater setups that incorporated computer control. The RS-232 signals are also able to be transferred via the Cat5E/6 Ethernet cable connection between the Transmitter and Receiver unit. Next is the Link light that tells you that the Transmitter and Receiver are communicating properly. Next is the UTP in - which is where you connect the long run Cat5E/6 Ethernet cable that comes from the UTP output coming from the Transmitter unit.

It is important to note that you don't have to use the Accell UltraCat for both Ethernet and HDMI. If you only need to extend HDMI, just use the HDMI function. By the same token, if you only need to the Ethernet extension capability, you can just use that. In addition, the IR remote control functions can also be used separately and both are optional.

Finally, on the right side is where you plug in the provided AC adapter.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Cat-5e High Speed Extender Transmitter Unconnected

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter Setup - Unconnected
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter Setup - Unconnected. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is look at the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender Transmitter, before the Power, Cat5E/6, HDMI, and control cables are connected.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Cat-5e High Speed Extender Transmitter Setup Connected

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter Setup - Connected
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Transmitter Setup - Connected. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender Transmitter, with the cables connected.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver - Unconnected

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Setup - Unconnected
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Setup - Unconnected. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is look at the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender receiver, before the Power, Cat5E/6, HDMI, and control cables are connected.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Cat-5e High Speed Extender Receiver Setup Connected

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Setup - Connected
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Receiver Setup - Connected. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender receiver, with the cables connected.

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Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Connection Sample

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Connection Sample
Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Single Cat-5e High Speed Extender - Connection Sample. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo (using a short cable length for photo illustration) of how the Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Transmitter and Receiver connects together. The Transmitter unit is on the left and the receiver unit is on the right. The HDMI cable going into the Transmitter unit would be coming from the output connection of the source device, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, the ​​transmitter then passes the signal through the Ethernet Cat5E/6 cable to the receiver unit, which is on the right. The HDMI cable coming out the receiver unit would then be connected to a destination device, such as home theater receiver, HDTV, or Video Projector.

In addition, the Ethernet connection between the Transmitter and Receiver also join the pass-through signals traveling through the Cat5e/6 cables connected to the Ethernet input on the Transmitter and the Ethernet output on the receiver.

Final Take

Accell UltraCat HD - HDMI Over Cat5e/6 Extender provides connection flexibility for HDMI, Ethernet, and RS-232 functions over long distances.

Using the common Ethernet cables that are used to connect a PC to an internet router can be used to connect two HDMI-enabled devices together. There is no comprise in either audio or video quality. However, the downside is that the Transmitter and Receiver can only transfer signals back and forth from a single HDMI source to a single HDMI destination.

One option to make this more cost effective would be to connect multiple source components to an HDMI-equipped home theater receiver, and then connect the HDMI output of the home theater receiver to the HDMI input on the transmitter unit, and then connect the HDMI output of the receiver unit to your TV or video projector. This would enable you to locate your home theater receiver and associated sources in a different part of the room or located that is some distance away from your TV or video projector without having to be concerned problems that could be associated with a long HDMI cable run.

However, despite the limitation of only extending one HDMI source to one HDMI destination, it must also be pointed out that the Accell UltraCat has the ability to send not only a 10.2Gbs HDMI signal (2D, 3D, and any audio information), but it can also send high-speed broadband internet, and both IR and RS-232 control signals via a single Cat5e/6 cable simultaneously at distances up to 328 feet. That is a lot of data, audio, and video information that would normally require separate long distance cable runs if not using the Accell UltraCat or similar device to consolidate it all.

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