4-Port HDMI Automatic Video Switch w/ Aluminum Housing and MHL Support - 4K 30Hz

Switch between four HDMI sources on a single HDMI display, with support for MHL and video resolutions up to 4K

Product ID: VS421HD4K

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  • Astonishing picture quality with support for Ultra HD 4K
  • Solid aluminum housing ensures fixed positioning
  • Hassle-free operation with automatic 4-port switching
Your price
$212.99 NZD excl. GST
$244.94 NZD incl. GST

The VS421HD4K 4-port HDMI 4K switch lets you share a display or projector with four HDMI-enabled audio / video source devices. The switch features four independent inputs that each support 4K resolution and 7.1 surround sound audio.

The 4-port switch also features MHL support on HDMI input port 1, enabling video output video from MHL-enabled mobile devices such as Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

Astonishing Picture Quality with 4K Support

You’ll be amazed at how this video switch maintains Ultra HD picture quality. 4K is supported by the latest A/V devices and delivers four times the resolution of 1080p. Plus, because the switch is backward compatible with high-definition 1080p, you can rest assured any video source will look great in your digital signage application.

Solid Aluminum Housing Ensures Fixed Positioning

Constructed of solid aluminum, the HDMI switch is durable and heavy enough to prevent the unit from lifting or sliding around if the attached HDMI cables are bumped or shifted. Plus, its small footprint makes it easy to integrate the switch into any boardroom, classroom, home theater, or digital signage application.

Hassle-free Operation with Auto Switching & EDID

This switch ensures effortless operation with automatic switching that detects and selects a newly connected device. Automatic switching encourages on-the-fly collaboration among colleagues, by making it easy to share your projector between multiple source devices in a boardroom or classroom environment. The VS421HD4K also supports manual operation using the included IR remote control, or the built-in front panel toggle switch directly on the device.

The switch also saves time during setup with EDID emulation ensuring all of your native settings such as resolution and refresh rate are communicated between your display and video source devices. EDID emulation maximizes compatibility with your 4K display, ensuring a convenient plug-and-play installation.

The VS421HD4K is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Share 4K television or projector with four different 4K video sources
  • Collaborate on the fly with colleagues, by connecting multiple users to the same display and switch between input devices
  • Use in digital signage applications to display multiple source devices at different times
  • Use in your home theater to connect four AV devices to your television, such as Blu-ray players, cable / satellite set top boxes, and computers

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Take advantage of 4K (Ultra HD) video with HDMI 4K splitter enabling you to handle the latest devices and displays
  • Ensure your switch stays where you put it. Unlike plastic splitters that get dragged out of place by attached HDMI cables, the VS421HD4K features a solid aluminum housing that will stay put
  • Hassle-free operation with automatic switching and EDID emulation

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro New Zealand 2853012
  • UPC 065030859653

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector A 4 - HDMI (19 pin)
Connector B 1 - HDMI (19 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Humidity 5% to 90%
Hardware Ports 4
AV Input HDMI
AV Output HDMI
Audio Yes
Industry Standards HDMI 1.4
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Power LED
4 - Port selected LED (1 / 2 / 3 / 4)
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 1.2 lb [0.5 kg]
Package Length 8.5 in [21.6 cm]
Package Width 5.8 in [14.7 cm]
Package Height 2.0 in [52 mm]
Performance Video Revision MHL 2.0
Maximum Digital Resolutions 4K @ 30 Hz
Supported Resolutions 3840x2160 (4K)
2560x1600
1920x1200
1920x1080 (1080p)
1280x720 (720p)
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Audio Specifications 7.1 Surround sound
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 9.9 oz [280 g]
Color Black
Material Aluminum
Product Length 5.5 in [13.9 cm]
Product Width 3.3 in [85 mm]
Product Height 0.6 in [1.4 cm]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 1 A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 3 A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Power Consumption (In Watts) 36
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - 4-port 4K HDMI switch
1 - IR cable
1 - remote control
1 - universal power adapter (NA, EU, UK, AU)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a video splitter, 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 cables

  • Video switch

  • 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 switch, you should use an HDMI source when you test the components.

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cable, video switch, 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 switch, 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 switch from your setup and test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together without the video switch.

  • 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, switch, and destination all need to support the resolution that you are using.

When you troubleshoot issues with an MHL adapter, 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:

  • Mobile device

  • Display

  • Video cables (if required)

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the mobile device, display, and video cables in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different mobile device, display, and video cables 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.

Note: You should avoid using adapters to further convert the HDMI signal. If you need to further convert the HDMI signal, make sure that all of the adapters and displays are compatible with the output resolution of the mobile device.

When you test your setup, make sure that the following is true:

  • Your mobile device is MHL compliant. For more information, navigate to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/mhl_compliance.

  • The correct source is selected on your display.

  • The display is compatible with at least 1080p.

Before You Buy

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) allows a standard USB connector to carry digital video signals. To use the MHL output from a mobile device using a micro-USB connector, the MHL output must be converted by using an MHL adapter. MHL can only be adapted to HDMI.

Although many mobile devices use the micro-USB connector and the MHL adapters can plug into your mobile device, the mobile device still requires MHL support. MHL support is a hardware specification on your mobile device, and it cannot be resolved by applying updates of any type.

To determine if your mobile device supports MHL, research the manufacturer specifications for your mobile device. You can also search for your device on the following website: http://www.mhltech.org/devices.aspx.

To make sure that you select the correct adapter, you need to determine if you are using a 5-pin or 11-pin micro-USB. This information can usually be found with the MHL specification on your mobile device. 

Different types of Samsung devices that use an 11-pin micro-USB require external power to perform the conversion. First-generation Samsung MHL 2.0 requires external power, whereas the second generation does not. A passive 11-pin cable can be used with second-generation Samsung mobile devices.

StarTech.com 5-pin and 11-pin adapters have a micro-USB receptacle to provide additional power to the mobile device. You can use a standard micro-USB cable with a USB charger to power the converter.

This device outputs HDMI video signals. If you have a display or video destination that uses another type of video connection, there are ways that you can convert the video signal or connection. These options are outlined below and organized by the target connection.

HDCP

When you consider whether to convert an HDMI video signal to another connection type, it is important to know if the media that is being converted from the HDMI video connection is protected by High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). If the media is protected by HDCP, you cannot convert to analog video connections because they do not support HDCP. You may experience this issue when you use devices like Blu-ray players, DVD players, and certain gaming consoles.

Target connection Conversion
VGA HDMI to VGA: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=HDMI&filter_AVOUTPUT=VGA.
DVI

HDMI to DVI: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/HDMI/HDMI-to-DVI/.

DisplayPort HDMI to DisplayPort: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=HDMI&filter_AVOUTPUT=DisplayPort.

 

This device has an HDMI input port.  If you have a video source that uses another video connection, there are options available to convert the video signal or connection. These options will be outlined below for each video source connection.

Source Connection

Conversion

VGA

VGA to HDMI: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=VGA&filter_AVOUTPUT=HDMI.

DVI

DVI to HDMI video converters: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/Video-Adapter/HDMI-Cable-Adapters/.

DVI to HDMI video cables: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/HDMI/HDMI-to-DVI/.

DisplayPort

DisplayPort to HDMI passive converters: https://www.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/DP-HDMI/?filter_CONVERTTYPE=Passive.

DisplayPort to HDMI active converters: https://www.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/DP-HDMI/?filter_CONVERTTYPE=Active.

DisplayPort Passive and Active Conversions

The converter that you require depends on the type of DisplayPort video source that you are using. For more information about converting DisplayPort video signals, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/DisplayPort_Converter_DP_Multi_Mode.

Compliance and safety

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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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