HDBaseT: How One Cable Does it All

These folks - is another game-changing technology that’s worth a good discussion.




       It’s convenient
       It simplifies multimedia device connectivity
       It lowers overall system costs (one cable)


So just what is HDBaseT and what does it do?


HDBaseT technology uses a 5Play™ feature that encompasses full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable, and various control signals through a single Cat5e or Cat6 LAN cable. This enables just one cable to replace multiple cables and connectors in home entertainment or business environment-- thus optimizing for whole-home or whole-office distribution.


As Engadget stated-- until now this technology has been primarily geared towards professional installers and dedicated enthusiasts, but now focuses on user-friendliness and lower cost, which could drive end-user participation in whole-house media usage.


Unlike other HD technologies currently available, HDBaseT is the only technology that enables long-reach wired connectivity up to 100 meters for uncompressed full HD multimedia content and up to 100 watts of charging power via a single cable. Keep in mind that this does mean HDBaseT has its limits, including 100w DC maximum power, 100Mb/s Ethernet, and 10Gb/s uncompressed video.


All in all, HDBaseT was designed to support different types of media and controls. Within it, all HDMI 1.4 video and audio formats are supported. HDBaseT also enables and certifies RS232 and IR in addition to Ethernet. As it is still rather new and continually being tested and improved as time goes on, future generations of HDBaseT will likely include USB too. As for control functions, HDBaseT also allows vendors to send proprietary control signals when their equipment is on both ends.


One of the bigger conveniences of HDBaseT is that it utilizes existing Ethernet infrastructure without the need for changing connector or cabling requirements. As you can suspect, this greatly reduces installation costs and complexity. 


If you’re looking to incorporate this technology into your multimedia infrastructure, we manufacture plenty of products that support HDBaseT technology here at L-com. Take a look at our Cat5e and Cat6 LAN cables, adapters and couplers, and wall plates.