While 4×2 and 4×4 HD Matrix Switchers are usually sufficient for SOHO installations, integrators and installers for larger enterprise and hospitality operations frequently find that their needs exceed the limits of 4 HD sources and 4 HD displays. An 8×8 HDMI Matrix can provide a great middle ground for installations that require flexibility and expandability in their presentation options.
Among some of the great features available in larger matrix switchers are the standard IR remote controls, push button control, RS232 integration, but also remote control through a TCP/IP interface. 8×8 HDMI matrix switches generally see installations with displays much more widely dispersed which can lead to the need for HDMI extenders. Several models are available with integrated HDBaseT extenders for each output. This allows the HDTV or projector to be located as much as 100 meters (330ft) from the matrix switch. Some of the 8×8 HDMI Router Matrix units with HDBaseT support come with HDMI and HDBaseT outputs allowing the ports to be mirrored for a maximum of 16 outputs. Each HDBaseT receiver also includes a local zoning remote for switching sources. The newest version of these Matrix units comes with 4Kx2K and 3D video as well as providing Audio Return Channel support and S/PDIF audio outputs for interfacing with surround sound systems.
HDMI Splitters are just the latest in a long line of video splitter products used for sharing an image across multiple displays. This is useful for scenarios such as signage solutions in stores; sharing a single TV input in a home; or collaborative meetings in large groups.
2 Port 3D HDMI Splitter
HDMI Splitters come in a variety of configurations and functionality. The simplest is a 2 port splitter like the HDMI-2P-3D. This splitter provides a mirrored image with support for key features such as EDID, HDCP and 3D. This is a powered unit so there is no video signal degradation.
4 Port HDMI Splitter Extender over CAT5/6 UTP Cable
Other HDMI Splitters incorporate both a splitter and extender for transmitting HDMI signals over distances beyond the reach of a standard HDMI Cable. This is accomplished by converting the signal to transmit it over standard Category 5e/6 cables. One very important thing to keep in mind when purchasing a Splitter / Extender product is that every extended output must have a receiver to convert the cable back to HDMI. A good example of an HDMI Splitter Extender is the HDMI-CATSP-8 (8 Port Splitter Extender) which is a kit that includes all the necessary receivers.
8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch 3D with Digital Audio, Infra Red Remote, RS232 and TCP/IP Control
The premium line of splitters would incorporate a Matrix Switcher. The HD-MTX-88-A allows a signal to be broadcast to 8 different displays while also allowing the audio to be split out for projection through a high end audio system. Matrix Switchers also allow a user to use multiple video sources to any of the displays. They incorporate advanced control options such as TCP/IP telnet, RS232, and IR remote control.
Regardless of the complexity of the installation and budget, there is a HDMI Splitter available to meet any need. KVMSwitchTech’s representatives can help configure a solution based on customer specifications.