Gefen Offers Dual-Link DVI Extenders via CAT-6 Wire

Posted by at 10:57 am on April 29, 2011

Bringing uncompressed, high resolution video to remote displays is the goal of accessory maker Gefen’s latest offering, the DVI DL CAT6 Extender. The extender makes a simple plug-and-play solution that promises lossless video transmission with zero dropouts to displays up to 200 feet away using two industry-standard CAT-6 cables. The kit is fully HDCP compliant (in single-link mode) and supports local and pass-through EDID options at resolutions up to 2560×1600.

Previous solutions required more expensive cabling and add-on boosters to handle distances over 16 feet or so, whereas the Gefen kit requires nothing except the use of CAT-6 cabling (the company recommends shielded CAT-6a cables for best performance). The kit is comprised of two units, a sender box and receiver box. The sender unit is connected to the computer, the receiver to the remote display. Along with high-resolution video, RS-232 is also extended to the receiver box, offering convenient control over an equally long distance.

The extended range of the extender makes it ideal for digital signage, presentation and professional applications. The boxes themselves include locking power supplies to eliminate disconnects. The kit sells for $1,300 and is available now.


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