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VGA over Cat 5 UTP Video Extender Receiver

Extend and distribute a VGA signal to up to 4 displays over Cat5 cable

Product ID: ST121RGB

  • Extends video cables by up to 500 ft. (150m)
  • Pure hardware design, no software or drivers required
  • Uses standard Category 5 straight-wired, twisted-pair, network patch cable for economical and reliable data transmission
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  • Supports VGA, SVGA, and Multisync monitors
  • Provides crystal clear picture quality
£94.99 GBP exc VAT
£113.99 GBP inc VAT
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Overview

The ST121RGB VGA over Cat5 Video Extender Receiver is specifically designed for use as the receiver unit to the StarTech.com ST1214T 4 Port VGA over Cat5 UTP Extender transmitter, allowing you to split and extend a single VGA source to up to four remote displays.

From the transmitter device, the VGA video signal is sent over standard 4 pair Category 5 or better UTP cable to remote monitors, each connected to an ST121RGB Cat 5 VGA receiver - supporting distances of up to 150 meters (500 feet).

A cost-effective video extension solution, this receiver is ideal for a wide range of environments including airports, bus depots, retail, or any large buildings where VGA video needs to be extended to long connection distances.

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

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Cat5 extension design allows you to make use of existing Cat 5 or better wiring infrastructure
  • Extends the connection distance of VGA displays by up to 500 feet (150 meters) offering flexibility in the placement of your equipment

Applications

Place the display in a convenient viewing area, while the system equipment is placed elsewhere in a clean and secure environment

Ideal for digital signage applications in financial, educational, and business sectors

Extend your display across harsh environment industrial sites

Perfect for video conferencing solutions in boardrooms and office settings

Optimize placement of your demo stations at tradeshows and in auditoriums

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Cabling Cat 5 UTP or better
Daisy-Chain Yes
Ports 1
Performance
Max Distance 150 m / 500 ft
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1024x768 @ 500ft(150m)
Maximum Cable Length 152400 mm [6000 in]
Connector(s)
Remote Unit Connectors 1 - RJ-45 Female
2 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Female
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 0.2 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 0.6 A
Output Voltage 9 DC
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 5.4
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Aluminum
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.7 kg [1.5 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - REMOTE UNIT VGA EXTENDER
1 - 9V AC 500ma ADAPTORS
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.

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.

No, this device is designed to be a point-to-point solution using networking cabling only. 

This device outputs a VGA signal. 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.

Target connection First conversion Second conversion (if required)
DVI-D VGA to HDMI: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=VGA&filter_AVOUTPUT=HDMI. HDMI to DVI-D: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=VGA&filter_AVOUTPUT=HDMI.
DVI-I VGA to DVI-I: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/Video-Adapter/DVIVGA/. N/A
HDMI

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

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

Note: You might need to use more than one converter as part of your solution; however, you should try to use the least number of converters and cables to connect your source and destination. If you have the option to convert to multiple target video connections, choose the option that requires the fewest number of conversions.

DVI-I and DVI-D

When you convert from VGA to DVI, you need to know if you are converting to a DVI-I or a DVI-D connection. For more information about how to identify the type of connection that you need, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_dvi_interface.

You also need to know which form of DVI that you are using, because DVI-I supports both analog (VGA) and digital (HDMI) signals, while DVI-D only supports digital (HDMI) signals.  

Note: Certain devices may have a DVI-I connection but only support DVI-D signaling. It is important to verify that your DVI-I device supports DVI-I signaling.

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. 

VGA over Cat 5 UTP Video Extender Receiver

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