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Whether it’s distance learning in the classroom, a
video conference held in the boardroom, or a digital signage in the cafeteria,
enterprise businesses are deploying audiovisual (AV) systems that run on structured cabling.
Before traditional AV transitioned to AV over Internet
Protocol (IP) more than a decade ago, it was difficult and expensive to install
high-quality content more than a few meters or feet.
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address the issue, the HDBaseT Alliance, which
has 200 members today, created HDBaseT, a global standard for the transmission of ultra-high
definition video and audio, Ethernet, controls, USB and up to 100 watts (W) of
power over a single cable, for up to 100 meters or 328 feet. The ability to transmit power over HDBaseT
also eliminates the need for separate electrical cables and outlets near all
In addition to using a standard RJ45 connector and
balanced twisted pair cabling, HDBaseT supports five different specifications. 5Play™ is a term created
by HDBaseT Alliance to represent the five features supported over twisted pair
HD video (HD, 3D and 2K/4K)
audio (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio)
channel (RS-232, infrared, or USB device)
to 100 watts of power
Today, cables such as Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
, VGA/DVI AV, Digital Video Interface (DVI), Coaxial
AV, and HDMI AV Cable are being replaced by twisted pair cabling.
doing so, AV joins the host of other enterprise applications such as WiFi,
low-voltage LED lighting, in-building wireless, IP security and access control
and many more that run on the same common infrastructure - twisted pair cabling. Other advantages include:
- Longer distance
- Lower installed cost
- Global standardization
- Simplified management
- Reduced installation time
supports the design and cabling for HDBaseT, including the following examples:
-Universal Connectivity Grid
Grid (UCG), the latest
evolution to horizontal zone cabling, enables buildings to provide easy
connections to the core network. The
UCG helps streamline workstation moves, adds, changes and upgrades.
Category 6A Cabling
GigaSPEED X10D (Category 6A cabling) channels up to
lengths of 100 meters and is certified as compliant to HDBaseT Class A
specifications defined by the HDBaseT Alliance. Both UTP and F/UTP cabling
solutions are tested and have passed the HDBaseT 100-meter channel requirements
with high headroom, covered by an application assurance warranty.
equipment join a long list of enterprise devices that take advantage of a
single structured cabling link for power and communications. Design
guidelines assist in the planning of cable bundles supporting remote
HDBaseT has many
applications. The technology can be found in homes, corporations, stadiums,
universities, underwater, and will one day be part of connected cars.
HDBaseT can be credited with improving quality, adding distance,
minimizing cable and equipment clutter, and enabling interoperability.