Gefen introduces two 4K video over IP products

Gefen has introduced two 4K Ultra HD Video over IP products. The Sender and Receiver KVM units join the existing family of Gefen’s Video over IP products and add 4K and HDR support, built-in scaler, video-wall controller, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), and digital/analog audio break-out.

The models feature HDMI and VGA inputs and outputs, and can support DVI when using Gefen HDMI-to-DVI cables. They support HDMI input resolutions up to 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 and output resolutions up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4, HDR support, HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, and 7.1 channels of HBR (High Bit Rate) lossless and LPCM digital audio up to 330 feet (100 metres).

The Sender also features a VGA output for local monitoring of the input. The VGA input and output support VESA resolutions up to 1920x1200 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.

PoE (Power over Ethernet) allows the new Sender and Receiver units to be powered through a standard PoE-enabled IP network switch, without the need for external power supplies.

Built in scaler and videowall controller provide flexibility in sizing and manipulating live and signage content in installations such as sports bars and restaurants, or corporate, education, hospitality and retail establishments. Additionally, digital and analog audio break-out allow the audio from the HDMI output to be sent to a separate audio system, enhancing the impact of presentations in large venues.

USB inputs and the 4-output USB hub accommodate touch panels, a keyboard and mouse, and a variety of supported USB devices. This feature– along with analog audio inputs and outputs for use with microphones and headphones– makes these products suitable 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 100 metres (330 feet). A built-in Gigabit switch on each receiver allows the connection of additional receivers, providing daisy-chaining functionality.

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, so it can be rack mounted using the Gefen EXT-RACK-1U-GRY rack tray (sold separately). It can also be surface mounted or be placed on a shelf. The Receiver can be surface-mounted or placed on a shelf. It is also rack mountable using the rack tray, but features a low profile enclosure that can fit in tight places. The IR Extender module allows this receiver to be hidden away behind a display or in the equipment closet.

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