Cabling Tips for HDBaseT installation

HDBaseT allows for multiple AV signals (HD video, audio, LAN, PoC and control signals) to be simultaneously transmitted over single Cat5e, 6 or 7 cable. The HowToAV team looks at some simple cabling tips to ensure your HDBaseT system meets the grade...

HowToAV.tv delivers some great tips on getting the best from your HDBaseT AV installation...

5Play elements over single cable

Simultaneous delivery of HD video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, control signals and Power over Cable via the same single dedicated LAN cable, significantly reducing the number of cables, cost of cables and cable installation time and complexity!

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HDBaseT delivers the full 5Play elements over Cat5e, 6 or 7 ethernet cable. If the existing LAN cable infrastructure doesn’t meet these specifications, new dedicated Cat5e, 6 or 7 cable needs to be installed.

Higher grade cable for higher resolutions

The higher the resolution, the higher the grade of LAN cable should be used.

Future-proof your cable infrastructure

If you are installing new LAN cable for your HDBaseT system – think about future proofing!
Though you may only be running 3Play or HDBaseT Lite functionality or lower resolutions today; things are likely to alter as technologies and customer requirements change in future years.

Terminate with standard Cat5e wiring scheme

HDBaseT uses standard LAN cable infrastructure – use the standard 568B wiring scheme.

Shielded or unshielded cables?

If you are installing into an area suffering from high RF interference, shielded cable must be used to ensure successful results from your HDBaseT installation.

Shielded Connectors

Terminate your LAN cables with shielded connectors to further reduce interference.

Handle your cable with care!

Avoid rough handling, don’t pull the cables too hard or too tight and never fix them with staples! Damage or stress on cables can easily affect signal and system performance.

Keep to the recommended transmission distances

Your HDBaseT equipment will feature a maximum recommended transmission distance.
For full HDBaseT 5Play, the distance limit will be 100 metres.
For HDBaseT Lite equipment, that maximum distance should be no longer than 60 metres.


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