The components in your connectivity solution need to have enough ports to support the number of video sources and displays in your installation. Do you need to send content from one source to one display, one source to multiple displays, multiple sources to one display, or multiple sources to multiple displays simultaneously?
The connectivity solution you choose should be suitable for the location of the source and display. Some through-wall installations may require wall plate components or may benefit from easy pull solutions.
The distance the video signal needs to travel also helps determine the type of solution you need. For example, if your source and display are hundreds of feet from each other, you might need an over Cat5 solution.
Determine what type of connectors are on the video source device and what type of connectors are on the display. Your connectivity solution needs to be compatible with those technologies. A wide variety of adapters are available for installations that involve more than one technology.
The maximum resolution you can achieve is the highest resolution that both the source and the display can support. Your connectivity solution should at a minimum support this resolution. If you want to plan for the capability of future equipment, choose a connectivity solution that supports a higher resolution than your equipment can currently achieve.
Building codes vary by municipality. The codes in your community may define how cabling needs to be run between spaces, especially in ceilings, between floors and through walls. For example, cables may need to be run in conduit.
Codes may also define what type of cable is used in a particular application. For instance, some installations require plenum-rated cable. Always check local building codes when planning your connectivity solution.
HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection. It's a form of digital copy protection that prevents interception of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections. If you're transmitting content from a DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ player to a display, your connectivity solution needs to support HDCP to transmit the HDCP signal.
You may want to control you equipment remotely via an IR remote or an RS232 (serial) signal from a control system or a computer. For example, you may want to transmit an IR signal from the Display back to the source in order to control your source. Or conversely you may want to transmit an IR signal from the Source to the Display in order to control the display. Or perhaps you need to transmit an RS-232 signal from the media player or computer to the display in order to control the display. If that is the case, you will need the extender to be able to pass the IR or RS232 signal through to the remote device.
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