Demonstrating its commitment to provide problem-solving signal management solutions for commercial integrators, Nortek Security & Control (NSC) recently announced that it is shipping the Gefen 4K Ultra HD Multi-Format 4×1 Scaler with Auto-Switching & HDMI/HDBaseT Outputs (EXT-4K300A-MF-41-HBTLS).
“Our new 4×1 Scaler/Switcher addresses the issue of accommodating multiple sources and displays used in presentation and collaboration environments,” explained NSC Gefen product manager, Jason Fitzgerald. “With HDMI, DisplayPort™, DVI, and VGA inputs, along with an L/R analogue audio input that accompanies both the DVI and VGA inputs, the new 4K Ultra HD Multi-Format Auto Switcher is the ideal solution for corporate boardrooms and huddle-rooms where a number of sources and one or two displays are common.”
The 4×1 Switcher provides automatic source switching with HDBaseT extension, a split HDMI output for dual display scenarios, and multiple control interfaces for management of the product when used as a standalone, or part of a larger A/V system. Its HDMI and HDBaseT outputs provide connection to a local display located in-room and to a remote display or projector.
According to Fitzgerald, the 4×1 Switcher and its recommended Receiver (the EXT-UHDA-HBTL-RX, sold separately) use the Gefen implementation of HDBaseT technology to extend the HDMI output of the Switcher up to 230 feet/70 meters at 1080p Full HD and up to 130 feet/40 meters at 4K, using a single CAT-5 cable.
The EXT-4K300A-MF-41-HBTLS has four inputs (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA) to accommodate most commonly used presentation sources, and automatic-switching to allow hands-off source selection by simply connecting a device.
The new Switcher, when used with the optional EXT-UHDA-HBTL-RX HDBaseT Receiver, provides 2-way RS-232 and Source-to-Display IR extension, facilitating RS-232 control of A/V sources placed near the Sender unit, and sending IR or RS-232 automation commands to the remote display or another device placed near the Receiver unit. Industry-standard Power-Over-HDBaseT™ technology provides power from the Switcher to the Receiver, over the same cable that extends the video signal.