HDMI over CAT5 Extender with IR and Serial - HDBaseT Extender - 4K
Extend HDMI over CAT6 or CAT5 cabling, with RS232 serial and IR control
Product ID: ST121HDBTL
- Get hassle-free video and control extension with HDMI, IR, RS-232 and power extended over a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable
- Ensure a reliable video extension with an HDBaseT certified extender kit
- Maintain astonishing picture quality at up to 115 ft. (35 m) away, with support for Ultra HD 4K over non-proprietary CAT5e or CAT6 cabling
This HDBaseT™ extender kit can transmit your 4K HDMI signal up to 115 ft. (35 m) over a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable. At lower resolutions up to 1080p, the extender kit can transmit your signal up to 230 ft. (70 m).
Extend video and more with HDBaseT
The extender offers a complete end-to-end video and control solution, using HDBaseT technology to extend not just HDMI, but also DC power, IR and serial control over a single CAT5 cable. By extending so much over just one CAT5 or CAT6 cable, HDBaseT is the clear choice of every integrator and system designer.
The added benefit of power over cable means that you’ll only need one power source at one side of your extension - great for extending video and control to areas where power outlets may be limited, such as industrial sites.
Serial and IR extension optimizes operation by enabling you to control the video source or display from both the local and remote location.
Maximize reliability with HDBaseT certification
This HDBaseT extender has been certified via the HDBaseT Certification Program. This certification ensures the extender is compliant with HDBaseT technical standards, and maximizes reliability with your HDMI display and video source, by ensuring compliance with their established HDMI ecosystem.
Astonishing 4K picture quality at an impressive distance
With the A/V industry adopting 4K as the new high-resolution video standard, long-range video distribution can be a challenge over standard HDMI cables that become susceptible to signal degradation at 30 feet. This HDBaseT extender can maintain your Ultra HD 4K picture quality - four times the resolution of high-definition 1080p - even at 330 feet away from your video source. Plus, because the extender supports high-definition 1080p and lower resolutions, you can comfortably use this extender to make any video source look great, while future-proofing your setup for 4K implementation.
HDBaseT technology offers a single-cable installation, so you can integrate this solution seamlessly using your existing CAT5e or CAT6 infrastructure. Both the transmitter and receiver included with this HDBaseT extender kit are mountable, so you can keep the equipment out of sight in an equipment rack, or on a wall. This helps to reduce clutter and ensure a professional installation that doesn't draw your viewers' attention away from the content on your display. It’s perfect for customer-facing displays in bars, restaurants or hotel lobbies.
What is HDBaseT?
HDBaseT is a standardized, zero-latency video technology that’s revolutionizing HDMI distribution. HDBaseT uses an advanced method of modulation that enables you to distribute uncompressed HDMI audio and video, along with additional signals, over a single Ethernet cable.
Offering greater versatility than traditional HDMI extenders, and longer distances than HDMI cables alone, HDBaseT is the clear choice for every integrator and system designer. It can do so much, with just a single cable.
The ST121HDBTL is TAA compliant and backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty with free lifetime technical support.
Note: When using Power over Cable (PoC) to power the transmitter or receiver, it is not recommended to pair the StarTech.com transmitter or receiver with any other HDBaseT hardware. Power over Cable should only be used with the transmitter and receiver that are provided with this extender kit.
- Extend video where power outlets are limited with HDBaseT offering power over cable that powers both the transmitter and receiver using a single power source at either side of the connection
- Place the display in a convenient viewing area, while the system equipment is placed elsewhere in a clean and secure environment
- Optimize placement of your demo stations at tradeshows and in auditoriums
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|Cabling||Cat 5e UTP or better|
|Audio Specifications||7.1 Surround Sound|
|Max Distance||70 m / 230 ft|
|Maximum Cable Length||70 m [229.6 ft]|
|Maximum Digital Resolutions||4096 x 2160 (4K) @ 30 Hz (35 meters)
1920 x 1080 (1080p) @ 60 Hz (70 meters)
|Supported Resolutions||3840x2160 (4K)
|Wide Screen Supported||Yes|
|Local Unit Connectors||1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female Input|
|1 - DB 9-pin Serial Male|
|1 - RJ-45 Female Output|
|1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female|
|Remote Unit Connectors||1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female Output|
|1 - DB 9-pin Serial Female|
|1 - RJ-45 Female|
|1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female|
|Special Notes / Requirements|
|Note||If you want to add more displays, you can daisy chain this product with the HDBaseT repeater ST121HDBTRP.|
|LED Indicators||1 - status LED (transmitter)|
|1 - status LED (receiver)|
|Center Tip Polarity||Positive|
|Input Current||0.6 A|
|Input Voltage||100 - 240 AC|
|Output Current||1.5 A|
|Output Voltage||12V DC|
|Power Consumption (In Watts)||18|
|Power Source||AC Adapter Included|
|Humidity||0% - 80 %|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)|
|Material||Steel and Plastic|
|Product Height||2.7 cm [1.1 in]|
|Product Length||92 mm [3.6 in]|
|Product Width||66 mm [2.6 in]|
|Weight of Product||452 g [16 oz]|
|Package Height||70 mm [2.8 in]|
|Package Length||28.1 cm [11.1 in]|
|Package Width||19.4 cm [7.6 in]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||1.1 kg [2.4 lb]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - HDBaseT transmitter|
|1 - HDBaseT receiver|
|1 - universal power adapter (NA, EU, UK, ANZ)|
|1 - IR receiver|
|1 - IR blaster|
|2 - mounting brackets|
|8 - foot pads|
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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 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 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 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.
If you need to use a video extender with a video adapter or converter, you should position the adapter or converter as close to the video source as possible. For example, if you need to take a VGA signal from a computer and send it 200 feet to an HDMI® projector, you should convert the signal from VGA to HDMI and use an HDMI extender.
Note: For more information on when to use cables or extenders, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_when_to_convert.
Yes, this video extender works with set-top boxes, provided the set-top box meets the following requirements:
- The set-top box must be High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliant.
- The set-top box must support devices being connected between the video source and display. If the set-top box requires a direct cable connection between the video source and display, it won't work with this video extender.
No, this device is designed to be a point-to-point solution using networking cabling only.
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.
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.
|VGA||HDMI to VGA: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=HDMI&filter_AVOUTPUT=VGA.|
|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.
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 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.
There are a few things you'll want to take care of before you deploy your new video extender in your setup.
It’s important to make sure you have everything you will need ahead of time. These items are listed below.
- Video source
- Video cables
- (Optional) Ethernet or fiber cables
- (Optional) Power adapter(s)
It’s also important to test everything in a simplified setup ahead of time to make sure everything works and that you understand how it works.
In order to set up your video extender, complete the following:
- Position your video transmitter near your video source.
- Connect the video output from your video source to the video transmitter.
- (Optional) Connect the power adapter to the video transmitter.
Note: Not all video extenders require external power, or require external power on both ends. Refer to the manual for more information.
- Position your video receiver near your display.
- Connect the video output from your video receiver to your display.
- (Optional) Connect the power adapter to the video receiver.
- If using a wired video extender, connect your network cabling between the video transmitter and the video receiver.
- (Optional) If you are extending anything else supported by your video extender connect those devices to the transmitter and receiver.
- (Optional) If you are using a wireless extender, there may be a sync button you need to press to pair the transmitter and receiver.
Now that you have set up your video extender, you can check that everything is working. You should be able to see your video source's output on the display connected to the video receiver.
If at this point you have further questions regarding a Startech.com video extender, contact our technical support team for further assistance.
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.
- The power adapter may not be connected at the correct unit or may not be connected at all. Please check your product manual to see where your power adapter has to be positioned.
- An adapter to another video signal may be connected to the Transmitter or Receiver unit. Please avoid any converters for the initial setup.
- The Cat 5 or 6 cable coming from the transmitter or receiver unit may be connected to a network switch. Some of our video extenders will work in this configuration, but others will not. Please check your product manual to see if your model can be used connected to an IP network. For the initial setup, avoid connecting the Cat 5 or 6 cables to any network switch, hub, or router.
- The category of Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables may not meet StarTech.com’s requirements. Ensure at least Cat 5, 5e, or six cables are used, and they have eight wires. Some Cat 5 cables only have four wires. If using Cat 6 cables, be aware they have more twists per foot, so you may have to use shorter cable lengths if using Cat 6 cabling between your video extenders.
- Bundling up the UTP cabling connected to the extenders can cause crosstalk, which will prevent the video signal from showing on the display. Unwrapping the cable should resolve this issue.
- Please check to see if your model has an adjustable Gain dial on the remote unit.
- If it does, use it to adjust the color until it is acceptable.
- Replace the VGA cable with a higher quality cable like StarTech.com’s MXT101MMHQ.
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 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.
This device supports up to 4Kx2K resolutions @30 Hz with a color depth of 8 bits. If you are running a 4K resolution at a refresh rate higher than 30 Hz or a color depth higher than 8 bits, your display will appear blank.
To resolve this issue, you need to lower the resolution, refresh rate, or color depth, by completing any of the following:
- Connect a display to OUT 1 that is only capable of 4K at 30 Hz with a color depth no higher than 8 bits.
- Connect the least capable display to OUT 1.
- Connect an additional display to your video source (for example, a video card in a computer) and use this display to reconfigure the display connected to OUT 1 to run at 30 Hz and 8 bits color depth (or lower).
Compliance and Safety
- 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.