What is HDBaseT?
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.
The HDBaseT 5Play™ feature set enables delivering the following over a single 100m / 328ft CAT5e / 6 cable:
HDBaseT delivers full HD / 3D and 2K / 4K uncompressed video to a network of devices or to a single device (point-to-point). Since the video is passed through the HDMI chipset, HDBaseT supports all key HDMI 1.4 features including, EPG, CEC, EDID and HDCP. The unique video-coding scheme ensures the highest video quality at zero latency.
HDBaseT audio is also passed through directly from the HDMI chipset. HDBaseT audio supports all standard formats including, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio.
HDBaseT supports 100Mb Ethernet, enabling communication between televisions, sound systems, computers and other CE devices as well as access to any stored multimedia content (such as music or video streaming). HDBaseT also supports Ethernet Fallback Mode, which enables seamless integration between a HDBaseT device and an Ethernet-only infrastructure. In such a case, only the Ethernet capabilities of the connection are enabled.
HDBaseT enables multiple control signals for multiple purposes: Consumer Electronic Controls (CEC), Recommended Standard (RS)-232, USB and infrared (IR). IP control is also enabled due to the support of an Ethernet channel. HDBaseT’s wide range of control options provides manufacturers with virtually endless opportunities.
Up to 100W of DC power can also be delivered over the same CAT5e/6 cable. This major aspect of 5Play provides the freedom to place equipment where you want it and not where an available power source happens to be installed.