altFull-HD distribution for up to 100 screens without a matrixing device? That’s Gefen’s offer with a new Daisy Chain HD System, which creates an extended infrastructure for wiring displays using CAT-5 cable.

The system includes sender, splitter and receiver units — all interconnected in a daisy-chain concept, extending 1080p full-HD with RS-232 and IR control signals using the same CAT-5 cable.

Similar to a tree scenario, the system uses splitters to create new ‘branches’ — up to 10 branches each supporting 10 displays, with individual screens mounted next to each other or up to 100 metres apart. Source video is sent to the sender unit, then over a single CAT-5 cable to the splitter, which outputs two signals: one that connects to a receiver (and display), one that connects to another splitter. Each splitter also provides one HDMI output for a local display connection. Alternatively, the Daisy Chain HD System can create a straight daisy chain to 30 displays running from one splitter to the next splitter.

This new system works with all high-def displays and video sources using HDMI; it would be particularly useful for commercial applications that use multiple displays.

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