Why Haven’t You Purchased an MS-TestPro for Your Installers?


Every AV integrator is using HDBaseT to route signals in systems today. You may not be using exclusively HDBaseT, but you’re using it.

And, what’s the one-and-only drawback to using HDBaseT? Compatibility.

So, for example, you can’t use an Extron transmitter with a Gefen receiver. And, likewise, you can’t use a Crestron matrix with AMX HDBaseT modules. Yet, all of them are using — and promoting HDBaseT as a signal routing standard.

Back in the old-days of RGBHV signals, troubleshooting was easier as, if Red, for example, was missing, we knew the problem was likely with the cable carrying the red signal. But, with HDBaseT, it’s simplifying signage distribution by using CATx cable to send signals so, when there’s a problem with connectivity, it’s not as simple to troubleshoot. In many cases, everything is connected and should be working but, the signal isn’t making it to the display. Or, the audio isn’t working correctly.

Enter the solution – from Media Solutions, coincidentally, it’s called the MS-TestPro. This is THE HDBaseT test tool and anyone using HDBaseT (the integrator and the customer with multiple HDBaseT rooms) should get one. And, not only does it allow for system testing, but Media Solutions, the inventors of the MS-TestPro, also included a systems certification mode too – for peace of mind after system installation is complete.

MS-TestPro, the HDBaseT tester, allows for field testing of HDBaseT based communications systems and cabling. It’s built in HDMI Pattern Generator, link monitoring, logging, and link diagnostics capabilities that allows for quick (and accurate) configuration analysis and troubleshooting of all your HDBaseT ports and signals. That means that you can ensure consistent AV signal quality and guarantee interoperability with any HDBaseT device before you complete the installation. Check out this video on how it works:

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The MS-TestPro itself consists of four parts – the tester itself, a transmitter model, a receiver module and a remote unity adapter. This way, you can set the source compatibility, the display’s ability to accept HDBaseT, and either side of the cabling. This allows you to quickly isolate which part of the system is causing signal inoperability.

And, with systems quickly moving to 4K resolution, testing HDBaseT devices will be more important than ever. As the signal bandwidth and speed of 4K sources is much more critical, every part of a system more sensitive to ambient influences – signal interferences, connector performance, termination quality, CATx cable specs, etc. And, the MS-TestPro is 4K-ready. It already works for testing HDBaseT signal routing of 4K UHD and DCI standards.

You can buy it here – it only takes four minutes.

This is a no-brainer for EVERY AV Integrator – they should have at least one of them for all their install crews. And, if you’re a tech manager who’s decided on corporate-wide or facility-wide HDBaseT adoption for signal routing, you should invest in one, too! It’ll at least triple troubleshooting time and identify the one piece of incompatible gear.

Two companies in North America distribute their products: Pacific Radio Electronics and Anixter Canada Inc.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..