getting the right cable was a huge and costly headache -- do not believe their claims of being able to work with cat 5 or cat 6 cable. what they claim to be able to do is to work with any cable that is rated for 1 Gbps and that they will overdrive it and push a...
getting the right cable was a huge and costly headache -- do not believe their claims of being able to work with cat 5 or cat 6 cable.
what they claim to be able to do is to work with any cable that is rated for 1 Gbps and that they will overdrive it and push a 4.9 Gbps signal through it. perhaps for very short distances this actually works. but in reality these misleading claims produce a huge headache and an unusable quality of signal. specifically cat 6 cable does NOT work and don''t even think of using cat 5.
What does work is a 100 foot cat 6A or cat 7 cable rated for 10 Gbps. Once that was installed the 1920x1080 @ 60Hz signal was great.
subtracted 2 stars because of the misleading claims that caused me a huge headache, I foolishly didn''t take the extra time to set up a test because of the hassle involved of moving the computer, so instead I ran the cable through the attic and then had to go out and buy another/better cable and run that after I couldn''t get the first cable to work.
Further Note: originally I had planned to use a wireless system. But after reading tons of reviews I concluded that the wireless systems are unreliable and have poor quality images (the video signal gets compressed and degraded) and I only found one of them where people were happy with the speed. every single wireless unit that I read about (but one) introduces a perceptible delay between the source and the projected (remote) image. if your audio is taken from the source then this delay is unacceptable. that is the reason I chose to go with a wired system even though I really wanted to avoid the install.
after reading tons and tons and tons of reviews. I chose this wired system and I am happy to report that with the correct high speed cable, this system works great. I was unable to observe any perceptible delays and the image quality is indistinguishable from a direct connection to the monitor/projector.
1) If possible, test first before you run the cables through walls and attic etc.. I know it''s a hassle to move the computer, but it is a much bigger hassle to have to redo everything.
2) this uses some switches to set the signal strength. The thing is though that if the signal is too strong it won''t work and if it is too weak it also won''t work. and there is not any good indication either, which basically leaves you guessing. With a long cable, try starting at the highest strength setting and work your way down, with a short cable start at the lowest setting and work your way up. Set the computer (video source) to display a static image at the desired resolution. Although not strictly necessary, I found it helpful to cycle the power on the box every time I changed the switch setting (but see below for note about the power). and then wait for about 30 seconds to see if it succeeds in syncing. once I got a signal then I went one step further on the switches. so if you started with the strongest signal go down (weaker) by one more step. and if you started at the weakest signal, go up (stronger) by one more step. this ensures that you are not sitting on the edge of a borderline signal and are solidly in the zone.
3) Power is weird but handy... if you look at the pictures, in a previous model, only one end -- the transmitter -- had a power plug (and supply), the other end did not. In the model that I received, both ends are powered and come with power supplies (aka wall wart). But here is the thing... this system uses POE = Power Over Ethernet. What that does is that it sends DC power over the same cable that is used for the signal. This is a Very Nice Feature. It means that you only have to plug in one side, either the transmitter or the receiver and both sides will receive power. You can also plug in both sides and that does not appear to cause any problems. But note that if you do this and you want to cycle the power on the receiver box you must unplug both it''s power and the network cable, otherwise it continues to be powered over the network cable and does not do a reset.
4) The pass through video (AKA Loop video) is very useful for troubleshooting and during configuration of the signal strength setting. the transmitter box has an HDMI Out that you can plug a monitor into. it also has an EDID switch. What EDID does is it allows the computer (or whatever) to ask the monitor what resolutions and frequencies it can display. the computer (or other video source) then selects a resolution that it knows how to support, from the list of available resolutions. But what happens when it can''t get a signal from the remote monitor due to a faulty cable? chaos!!! that''s what. So to avoid this mess, set the EDID switch to use the directly connected monitor as the source for the resolution info. then you will have a stable video output while you try various signal strength settings. Once you have it working, don''t forget to set the EDID switch back to the remote monitor unless the pass through monitor is going to be permanently attached, otherwise the next time you cycle the power you will be back to chaos...
Bottom Line: It was a pain to get this working, especially because of them saying it will work with cables that won''t actually work (also the docs aren''t great, but that is pretty typical). But once you get it running, it is a great system and worth every penny. We are very happy with it, even if I did have to crawl through the attic twice.
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