Gefen has introduced two new 4K Ultra HD Video over IP products. The new Sender and Receiver KVM units (the EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-TX and EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-RX) join the existing family of Gefen’s Video over IP products and add 4K and HDR support, built-in scaler, videowall controller, Power-over-Ethernet, and digital/analogue audio break-out.
“These new Video over IP solutions continue our tradition of providing high performance, scalable, expandable, and secure AV routing and distribution over a standard 1 Gig Local Area Network,” Gefen Product Manager Jason Fitzgerald explained. “Compatibility with our existing Video over IP 1080p senders and receivers – and quick system set-up and control through the Gefen EXT-CU-LAN Matrix Controller – allow these new products to fully address the needs of commercial, light commercial, and ProAV applications.”
The new Gefen models feature HDMI and VGA inputs and outputs, and can support DVI when using Gefen HDMI-to-DVI cables. HDMI input resolutions up to 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 and output resolutions up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4, are supported, as well as HDR, HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, and 7.1 channels of HBR (High Bit Rate) lossless and LPCM digital audio up to 100m. The Sender also features a VGA output for local monitoring of the input. The VGA input and output support VESA resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz (WUXGA). This product also provides RS-232 and 2-way IR routing between the Sender and the Receiver units, allowing the transfer of IR commands and RS-232 communications among all sources and the displays.
Built in scaler and video wall controller provide more flexibility in sizing and manipulating live and signage content in installations. Additionally, digital and analogue audio break-out allow the audio from the HDMI output to be sent to a separate audio system.
USB inputs and the four-output USB hub accommodate touch panels, a keyboard and mouse, and a variety of supported USB devices. This feature – along with analogue audio inputs and outputs for use with mics and headphones – makes these products idea for use in collaborative and interactive installations in signage, hospitality, corporate, and educational environments.
The cable run from a Sender to a Receiver can be up to 100m. A built in Gigabit switch on each receiver allows the connection of additional receivers, allowing for daisy-chaining. The Sender and Receiver can be used as KVM extenders in a one-to-one system, or as nodes in a virtual matrix environment where any source can be routed to any or all displays.
The Sender features a 1U tall and half-rack-width enclosure. It can also be surface mounted or be placed on a shelf, as can the Receiver. The IR Extender module allows this receiver to be hidden away behind a display or in the equipment closet.