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HDMI over CAT5 HDBaseT Extender - Power over Cable - IR - RS232 - 10/100 Ethernet - Ultra HD 4K - 330 ft (100m)

Extend an HDMI signal by up to 330ft (100m) over CAT5/CAT6 cable, with 10/100 network, infrared, serial control, and Power over Cable

Product ID: ST121HDBT5

  • Save cost by extending HDMI, Ethernet, RS-232, IR, and Power over a single Cat5 cable, using HDBaseT technology
  • Astonishing picture quality with support for UHD 4K resolutions at up to 295 ft. (90 m)
  • Supports HD 1080p resolutions at up to 330 ft. (100 m)
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  • Tidy, professional installation with optional mounting hardware included and extension over a single cable
  • Built-in 10/100 extender hub
  • Supports CAT5e and CAT6 Ethernet cable
  • HDMI transmitter and receiver included
  • No software / drivers required
¥80,889 JPY exc tax
¥87,360 JPY inc tax

Overview

The StarTech.com HDBaseT Extender Kit, extends HDMI up to 330 feet (100 Meters) over a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable. The extender supports Ultra HD and Full HD resolutions (4K / 1080p) with support for 3D and the accompanying 7.1 digital audio. For added versatility, both the transmitter and receiver can be powered from one power source using Power Over Cable (POC). The versatility of this video extender makes it an ideal solution for digital signage applications in large buildings such as commercial shopping centers, stadiums, schools, and hospitals.

What is HDBaseT?

HDBaseT is a standardized, zero latency, video distribution 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 such as 100BaseT Ethernet, IR, RS-232 serial and power over cable.

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Extend More than Video with HDBaseT

The extender offers HDBaseT technology with HDMI, IR, RS232, Ethernet, and power in a single extender kit, for complete end-to-end control. Offering greater versatility than traditional HDMI extenders or HDMI cabling alone HDBaseT is the clear choice for every integrator and system designer. The IR extension enables you to operate your display and an IR-enabled source device, such as a Blu-ray player or TV Set top box, from either end of your extension. RS232 control let you to connect a serial I/O device at your display - an ideal solution for adding a serial touch screen interface to your remote display for interactive digital signage presentations. While the built-in 6-Port Ethernet hub lets you connect 5 IP devices to your network (3 remote, 2 local).

Astonishing Picture Quality at 295 Feet Away

With the A/V industry adopting 4K as its new high-resolution standard, long-range video distribution can be difficult, especially considering the 4K distance limitations on standard HDMI cables. You’ll be amazed at how this HDBase-T extender kit can deliver your 4K video signal at up to 295 ft. away from your video source.

The extender kit is also backward compatible with 1080p at 330 feet (100 m), so you can comfortably use it to make any video source look great.

Hassle-free, Professional Installation with a Single Cable

This extender has been specially crafted for a smooth, tidy setup. HDBaseT technology allows for single cable installation, for seamless integration using existing CAT5e or CAT6 infrastructure, avoiding the hassle of running multiple cables, while reducing potential failure points. Plus, the added benefit of power over cable means you’ll only need one power source to power both your extender and receiver, great for extending to areas where power outlets may be limited. Mounting hardware is also included for both the extender and receiver for discrete, professional mounting.

The ST121HDBT5 is TAA compliant and backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty with free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Extend an HDMI signal to locations where power outlets are limited

Connect IP devices such as Smart TVs, computers, and gaming consoles to the Interent or Local network on either side of the extender

Connect a remote RS232 device such as a serial touchscreen monitor, or a serial modem to your local computer

At tradeshows and auditoriums, remotely place your demo display in a convenient viewing area, while the system equipment is placed elsewhere in a clean and secure environment

Control your IR video source with remote control from the remote display

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
Cabling Cat 5 UTP or better
Daisy-Chain No
Ports 1
Rack-Mountable Yes
Performance
Audio Specifications 7.1 Surround Sound
Max Distance 100 m / 330 ft
Maximum 1080p Distance 100 m (330 ft.)
Maximum 4K Distance 90 m (295 ft.)
Maximum Cable Length 328 ft [100 m]
Maximum Digital Resolutions 4K
Supported Resolutions 4k x 2K (Ultra HD) @ 30 Hz
2560x1600 @ 60 Hz
1920x1200
1920x1080 (1080p)
1280x720 (720p)
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Connector(s)
Local Unit Connectors 1 - HDMI (19 pin)
1 - RJ-45
1 - DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub)
2 - IrDA (Infrared, SIR/FIR)
3 - RJ-45
Remote Unit Connectors 1 - HDMI (19 pin)
1 - RJ-45
1 - DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub)
2 - IrDA (Infrared, SIR/FIR)
3 - RJ-45
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Status LED
3 - LAN Activity LEDs
Power
Input Current 0.5 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 1.5 A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Power Consumption (In Watts) 18
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 0% - 80 % RH (non-condensing)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Aluminum
Product Height 1.5 in [37 mm]
Product Length 5.5 in [139 mm]
Product Weight 30.3 oz [859 g]
Product Width 3.5 in [89 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.6 lb [1.6 kg]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - HDMI extender
1 - HDMI receiver
1 - IR sensor kit (transmitter cable & receiver cable)
1 - CAT5 cable
2 - grounding wires
2 - mounting brackets
2 - foot pad sets
1 - universal power adapter (NA, EU, UK, AU)
1 - instruction manual

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Product Support

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.

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.

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.

Installation

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.

  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Video source
  • Display
  • 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:

  1. Position your video transmitter near your video source.
  2. Connect the video output from your video source to the video transmitter.
  3. (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.

  1. Position your video receiver near your display.
  2. Connect the video output from your video receiver to your display.
  3. (Optional) Connect the power adapter to the video receiver.
  4. If using a wired video extender, connect your network cabling between the video transmitter and the video receiver.
  5. (Optional) If you are extending anything else supported by your video extender connect those devices to the transmitter and receiver.
  6. (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.

Troubleshooting

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.

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).