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HDMI over IP Extender with Audio

Connect to, and share an HDMI® display or projector over an IP network

Product ID: IPUSB2HD2

3.3 stars (3 reviews) |
  • HDMI® over IP conversion for shared access over a network
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920x1080 (1080p)
  • Audio over HDMI, or 3.5mm connection

The IPUSB2HD2 HDMI® over IP Extender delivers a versatile HDMI-IP link between PCs on your network and an HDMI monitor/projector, at full high definition (1080p, 1920x1080) video resolution. Accompanying audio signals are transmitted directly through the HDMI output, or separately through the built-on 3.5mm stereo output port.

An ideal solution for sharing a display or projector over an Ethernet network so that even PCs lacking digital video output can still connect, the IP/HDMI adapter can communicate through a network router at transmission distances up to 100m (300ft). Plus, it offers 2 USB 2.0 ports on the display side, to connect and share peripherals such as USB storage or keyboard/mouse input with the connected PC.

Alternatively, the device can be used directly connected as a USB to HDMI adapter.

How it works diagram

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Connect multiple PCs to one display/projector on a Local Area Network and toggle between computers for presentations in your business
  • With the HDMI® over IP option, distance is no longer an issue for delivering high definition video and audio content to your target audience, in retail and digital signage applications
  • Home theater and media center applications include streaming movies, photos, and Internet browsing to your HDTV
  • Control your PC from a remote location by connecting a keyboard or mouse to the integrated USB ports
  • Use in educational settings for students to connect and display their work on a central display or projector screen for all to see

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • The choice of USB to HDMI or HDMI over IP offers maximum flexibility for any application where a PC to HDMI connection is required
  • Two integrated USB ports for connecting peripherals on the display / remote side gives you the flexibility to control or communicate with the source PC from a distance
  • Audio support when using the USB to HDMI conversion function offers a complete HDMI solution for any application

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Belgium 1861192
  • Ingram Micro Netherlands 1861192
  • UPC 065030844383

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
Windows® 10 (32/64)
8 / 8.1 (32/64)
7 (32/64)
Vista (32/64)
XP (32/64)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position)
1 - HDMI (19 pin)
1 - RJ-45
2 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - USB Mini-B (5 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C (32°F ~ 158°F)
Storage Temperature 0°C ~ 85°C (32°F ~ 185°F)
Humidity 10~80% RH
Hardware Ports 1
AV Input Ethernet
USB 2.0
AV Output HDMI
Cabling Cat 5 UTP or better
Audio Yes
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-165
Daisy-Chain No
Packaging Information Package Length 22.5 cm [8.9 in]
Package Width 15 cm [5.9 in]
Package Height 60 mm [2.4 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.5 kg [1.0 lb]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate USB - 480Mbps
Ethernet - 1Gbps (1000Mbps)
Max Distance 100 m / 330 ft
Maximum Digital Resolutions 1080p / 1920x1080
Wide Screen Supported Yes
General Specifications This USB video adapter uses a DisplayLink family chipset. If you’re connecting this device to a computer along with additional USB video adapters or docking stations, please avoid using devices with a Trigger or Fresco family chipset.
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 13.2 cm [5.2 in]
Product Width 71 mm [2.8 in]
Product Height 2.8 cm [1.1 in]
Weight of Product 134 g [4.7 oz]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 110V-240V AC
Input Current 0.3A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Output Current 2A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64)
8 / 8.1 (32/64)
7 (32/64)
Vista (32/64)
XP (32/64)
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - IP or USB to HDMI Converter
1 - Universal Power Adapter (US/UK/EU/AUS)
1 - Driver and Software CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

You should only use video converters and extenders if it is absolutely necessary to do so. In many cases, most video converters and extenders are not necessary if you purchase the correct cable.

The following table lists the maximum length of cable for common video standards.

Video standard Maximum length
DisplayPort 50 ft. (15.2m)
HDMI 50 ft. (15.2m)
DVI 50 ft. (15.2m)
VGA 200 ft. (71m)

Note: StarTech.com offers cables longer than what is listed above, including active cables, which typically include built-in active signal boosters that allow for longer cables. Active cables are specifically designed to exceed the suggested maximum lengths and are tested at the listed specifications (for example, the maximum listed resolution).

Video adapters

Video adapters passively adapt a cable from one connector type to another. Video adapters do not change the signal type, or change the video standard.

Examples of common applications for adapters include the following:

  • DVI-I to VGA

  • RCA to BNC

  • Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort

  • Couplers (female to female, or male to male)

Note: You can use a coupler to extend a cable for a short distance. However, each coupler that you use can introduce signal loss, which degrades the signal quality.

Video converters

Video converters actively process and change the signal type from one video standard and convert it to another standard. They are typically used to convert digital to analog and vice versa, but can be used to convert a digital signal to another digital video standard (for example, HDMI to DisplayPort).

Video converters work over short distances from the source to the destination: up to 15 feet or 3 meters.

Video extenders

Video extenders convert an input signal to a higher voltage for transmission over longer distances and then convert the input signal back to the original video standard. The input and the output signal will match on a video extender, as the same video standard is maintained end-to-end. If a cable is extended with adapters or converters, the signal quality degrades.

Note: For more information on using a video adapter or converter with a video extender, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_convert_then_extend.

Installation

To get the highest quality signal from your source to your display when you use an HDMI extender, do the following:

  • Make sure that the HDMI versions of the source, extender, and destination are compatible. For example, if you require 3D support, make sure that all of the devices can support 3D over HDMI.

  • Use the least amount of adapters, splitters, or converters as possible. Each device that you use in your setup creates additional points of potential failure and creates more steps for an HDCP key to hop through, which may cause issues with older displays. For more information on HDCP, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_HDCP.

  • Use an HDMI extender that exceeds the requirements of the setup. For example, if you need to extend the signal 200 feet, it is best to use an extender capable of more than 200 feet.

  • Make sure that all of the CAT 5/6 runs are as straight as possible, with the least amount of coiling.

  • Make sure that all of the patches, wall jacks, and cables use the highest possible CAT specification, (for example, CAT 6), and were tested to conform to the standard.

  • Use patches, wall jacks, and cables with the same pin configuration. For more information on T568A versus T568B wiring, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/network_cables_a_vs_b_pinout.

  • Keep the cabling away from sources of high noise.

  • Make sure that you use adequate electrical grounding in your setup.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Driver-Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

To install the USB Server software, complete the following:

  1. In the list of extracted files, open the Windows folder.
  2. In the App folder, right-click the USBServer_Setup file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions above to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the USB Server, and restart your computer when prompted to.

For information on configuring the USB Server software, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_usb_server_software

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.

  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Driver-Setup file.

  3. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers.

  4. When prompted to, restart your computer.

 

To install the USB Server, complete the following:

  1. In the list of extracted files, open the Windows folder.

  2. Navigate to the App folder.

  3. Double-click the USBServer_Setup file.

  4. Complete the instructions to install the USB Server.

  5. When prompted to, restart your computer.

For information on configuring the USB Server software, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_usb_server_software

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the USB Server software:

  1. Download the latest software package from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click Setup.exe
  4. Click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the software and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the software installation and your device should be ready to use.

Set up the software

Confirm that the extender is on the same network as your computer. If you are using a network with DHCP, you do not need to configure anything further.

If you are using an Ethernet cable to connect to the unit or you are using a network without DHCP, you need to change the IP address on your computer to the default IP network of the IP device server. Change the IP address of your system to 192.168.1.XXX, where XXX is a number between 1 and 49.

Note: The default IP address of the extender is 192.168.1.50 on the default subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.

USB Server software

Your extender is detected by the USB Server software when the software is launched.

Note: It may take a few minutes for the server to appear in the software.

When the extender appears in the list (for example, USB2HDMI), click either the display or media device associated with the server. Click on one of the devices and then click Connect Device.

When the USB Server software configuration is complete, the display and media devices are connected to your system as though the devices are installed locally. By default, Windows creates an extended desktop for the display, which you can reconfigure in the control panel.

Troubleshooting

If hardware acceleration is enabled on any of your software applications, it can result in poor resource management and limit the performance of your video device. If you experience this problem, you should disable hardware acceleration in the program(s) that were impacted. 

To disable hardware acceleration in common applications and operating systems, complete one of the following series of steps, depending on what software application(s) or operating system that you are running.

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge:

 

  1. Click the Options icon (it has three dots on it).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click System.
  4. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.

Internet Explorer 9 and later

Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not use hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Internet Options.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Browse to the Accelerated graphics screen.
  7. Select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Press the Alt key.
  3. Click Tools and Options.
  4. Click the Advanced icon.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Under Browsing, clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Restart your web browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Options icon (it has three horizontal lines on it).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  6. Restart your web browser.

Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010

  1. Open any program in Microsoft Office (for example, Microsoft Word).
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Under Display, select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
  6. Close and restart all of the Microsoft Office programs that you had open.

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the Windows key +X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a high-contrast theme.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a non-Aero theme. Ideally, you should select a basic and high-contrast theme.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  7. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.
  8. Restart your computer.

When you troubleshoot issues with a video extender, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video and Ethernet cables

  • Video extender

  • Video source (such as a DVD player or computer)

  • Video destination (such as a monitor or projector)

Note: When you are testing setup components, you should avoid using video adapters. For example, if you are converting a VGA source to HDMI for use with an HDMI extender, you should use an HDMI source when you test the components.

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cable, video extender, video source, and video destination in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different cable, video extender, video source, and video destination in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video source and video destination, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Remove the video extender from your setup and test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together without the video extender.

  • Test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together at the resolution that you want to use.

Note: In order for your setup to work properly, the video source, extender, and destination all need to support the resolution that you are using.

If the device is not detected in the USB Server software, complete the following:

  • Make sure that the computer is on the same network as the device.
  • By default, the device uses DHCP. On a network that is plug-and-play, the device is assigned an IP address by the DHCP server and is detected by a computer that is on the same network as the device.
  • To troubleshoot the device, connect it directly to a computer on the 192.168.1 network. For more information about configuring the USB Server software, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_usb_server_software.
  • If the network configuration of the device was changed, you cannot complete a hardware reset to put the unit back on 192.168.1.50. Instead, you need to obtain the static IP address from the person who modified the server.
  • Wait 5 minutes for the USB Server software to detect the device.
  • Move the device to a less congested network.

There may be several reasons that the display on the IP video extender is black. To determine the cause of the issue, try the following:

  • Make sure that the USB Server software was installed and configured properly, and that the displays are detected. For more information about configuring the USB Server software, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_usb_server_software.
  • Make sure that the USB Server software detects the IP video extender. For more information about troubleshooting issues with the USB Server software, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_loss_of_network_connection..
  • Confirm that the network equipment that you are using is capable of gigabit speeds.
  • In the control panel on your computer, make sure that a compatible resolution is being sent to the monitor.
  • Make sure that the display is set to the correct input. Some displays have multiple inputs that you can switch between. 
  • Make sure that the background is not black.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Does what it says... BUT....

By: TechGopher - 02/10/2014
This will work over a 100 Mbit LAN, * However, video frame rate is slow and noticeable. on 1000Mbit it is much improved, and there is not a noticeable difference when using it connected over USB. It took a few reboots for the software to work properly on the desktop, but when it did, it can be set to autorun, and also auto connect to the extender ( Appears if more then 1 extender can be connected like this as well. The nice part, although seems useless to me, is that you can choose to connect the PC to the HDMI port, effectively creating another monitor, which can be mirrored, or extended to this as a totally independent display within the windows settings. you can also choose to connect to the audio capabilities of this device, and then in windows it will show up as a audio device, and you can choose to send audio to it be changing output device. And you can choose to connect to the USB ports, or not. Each of these can be selected as 1, 2 or all three of them in any order. ( I did not try with more then 1 extender, but it is safe to assume that you can connect more if required. The Audio Sync is out quite a bit on a 100 Mbit LAN, and the frame rate is about I'd say 15 fps. Good for presentation that does not require audio sync or fast video updates. 1000Mbit, or connected over a USB-USB for this extender improved this very well, I actually watched a movie over a USB-USB connection and it was bearable. ( Supports Audio over HDMI) Devices that you may want to use over the Extended USB ports ( There are two on this device) are a bit tricky. A joystick worked on 100/1000 LAN, while a Logitech webcam (HD) was recognized, there was not enough data rate for it over the 100 Mbit ( Very Choppy/Green screen Video), worked on 1000Mbit or USB-USB, with very little lag. A special connector I use for a RC Heli Simulator did work, over any connection. Any USB Memory stick did work on any connection speed, Even a External HDD ( 2.5 inch powered by USB) worked. The thing that didn't work was the 10 Meter active USB extension. This cable had a "Generic USB ROOT HUB" and would not be recognized by the Device. The cable worked properly when connected to the computer directly. In my situation, I wanted to use a Flight Simulator on the projector screen, and have the controls farther back with a USB extension, but this will not work, so I will have to resort to a plain extension and run it across the floor instead of around the wall. With this being said, the video on the MS FLight Sim, or Xplane over this extender is somewhat slower frame rate and is noticeable even at the 1 Gps or usb-usb connection. I was hopeing for perfect :-) It will still do the trick. Beats moving a computer just to play a game right? :-) The integration with Audio Device appearing in windows, and the "new monitor" * Note, the actual monitor type is recognized by windows. And the new monitor that you can extend or mirror to is great integration. * NOTE: It appeared to me that the colors were "off" only on one of the monitors that I used, but I have three different ones, and it just seemed more "warmer" then the others. The colors looked proper on an Epson projector. Also note the max resolution is not capable of 1900x1200, for those of you who like highest possible res, this item wont do it.
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Great product for Digital Signage

By: dannyboy - 09/24/2014
We used this product to connect 6 screens in different locations around our building to show Powerpoint presentations, videos and other dynamic content. You'll have to purchase an add-on software from Monitors AnyWhere to control those.
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Poor VIdeo Playback

By: fedt - 03/21/2015
Recently acquired two of these for a project and I wouldn't buy another one. The video is very jittery even when using a G-bit switch and only the computer and the IPUSB2HD2 on the network. Very Disappointed!
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Customer Support, Customer Support on 5/5/2015 2:43:58 PM
Hello Fedt, Thank you for taking time to review our IPUSB2HD2. We appreciate your feedback and would like to help resolve your video signal issue. First, we recommend installing the latest drivers for the video extender. These can be found under the Support tab on the product page, here: http://www.startech.com/AV/Extenders/HDMI/HDMI-over-IP-Extender-with-Audio~IPUSB2HD2#dnlds. The support tab also features FAQs detailing the installation procedure for Windows 7/8 and XP. The following link is for the Windows 7/8 installation FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/ipusb2vga_ipusb2hd2_install_windows_v78#IPUSB2HD2. We also recommend checking for available video card driver updates, as this will help ensure optimal performance between the two devices. The best way to update the video card drivers would be to visit your computer manufacturer’s website; they should list all available updates they have for your computer model. Should the issue continue with the latest drivers, we recommend testing the video extender by connecting it directly to the computer via the provided USB cable. This will help isolate the issue further. We would also appreciate more information regarding your setup in order to provide better assistance. For example, what is the make and model of the video card installed in your computer? Also, what is the resolution and video quality of the image that you are transmitting over the IPSUB2HD2? Please feel free to contact us any time and kindly reference case number 303-225734. It would be our pleasure to assist you further. Thank you, Customer Support StarTech.com http://www.startech.com/techsupport
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