September is seeing the release of another low-cost, high-value extender from TechLogix Networx: the TL-TP50-HDIR.
The TL-TP50-HDIR replaces a traditional HDMI cable with active electronics designed specifically for sending digital AV signals up to 165 feet. Plus, built-in IR control signal embedding allow you to also transmit IR commands from the remote room to the equipment rack or source device.
In actual practice, this means you can use the TL-TP50-HDIR to send audio and video signals from your source device (often a switcher, cable box, or DVD player) to your destination device (often a display or projector) and control the source device remotely...all using a single twisted pair cable. In other words, you can install your source device in a remote closet or cabinet and control it with the same remote control used for your display.
The only catch with the TL-TP50-HDIR is that it requires shielded twisted pair cable. TechLogix CTO Christopher Melendy doesn't see this as a barrier, as most installers are pulling shielded Cat 5 and Cat 6 as standard practice.
Additional information is available on the TechLogix product page.