Key Digital Reveals New Range of HDMI Over CAT5e/6 Extenders, Switchers and Transmitters

Key Digital new range of wall extenders, switchers and transmittersKey Digital has a new range of three-, two- and single-gang wall-plate/desktop box-mount switcher/transmitters. These products provide a range of input options, local and remote control, CEC display control and signal extension via HDBaseT and UHDoTP technology.

The KD-X4x1WUTx is a 4×1 4K/18G Wall Plate Switcher featuring front-panel dual HDMI, Display Port and USB-C inputs. Its HDBaseT output natively integrates with Key Digital’s KD-X100MRx black box HDBaseT Receiver or the KD-UPS52U Presentation Switcher, either of which will provide the switcher/extender Power over HDBaseT (PoH). The only rear-panel connection required is an RJ45 jack paired with a single CAT5e/6 Ethernet cable for power, signals and IP control. The front panel features USB host and device ports that are soft-codec-enabled to create a connectivity hub for USB cameras and mics, audio DSP and keyboard/mouse/touchscreen extension. Connected computers interface with extended devices by way of USB host and device ports on compatible receiver units or by way of device ports on the KD-UPS52U Presentation Switcher. Other features include:

  • Supports Ultra HD/4K up to 4096×2160 at 4:4:4 (signals up to 18 Gbps bandwidth).
  • HDBaseT output can drive 100 meters of cable at full resolution.
  • Fits in a standard three-gang box for wall, podium or table-top AV box mounting.
  • Inputs can be switched manually with front-panel buttons.
  • Auto-sensing allows the KD-4x1WUTx to automatically switch to a newly connected source or away from a disconnected source.
  • HDCP 2.2 capable.
  • Includes TMDS re-clocking and signal regeneration.
  • EDID handshake and management.
  • Bi-directional RS-232 and TCP/IP control and IR remote sensing (including compatibility with third-party control systems from Compass Control Pro, AMX, Crestron, KNX, RTI, Savant, URC, etc. via Open API).
  • Surround audio formats are supported with de-embedding of two-channel analog signals at the KD-X100MRx receiver.

The family of Wall Plate Switchers includes additional models that feature identical video resolution capabilities but are configured for differing sets of input formats. The three-gang KD-X3x1WUTx offers HDMI, Display Port and VGA along with external audio inputs with added ARC/eARC audio return support. The KD-X3x1WUTx also features all of the control options found on the KD-X4x1WUTx. Additional wall-plate switcher/transmitter options are the KD-X2x1WVTx (HDMI plus VGA with analog audio inputs) and KD-X2x1WDTx (HDMI plus Display Port) two-gang box wall-plate switchers, with both units offering RS-232 control extension, IR remote sensing and HDBaseT extension up to 40 meters at full resolution. 

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The final wall-plate switcher in the family is the KD-EXWPSTx with both HDMI and USB-C inputs via a push button, auto-switching or USB. The KD-EXWPSTx integrates with and is powered by the KD-EX18GRx receiver. The switcher/transmitter provides signal extension beyond 35 meters at 18G, along with a pass-thru mode for uncompressed 10.2 Gbps signal extension using Key Digital’s proprietary UHDoTP (Ultra High Definition over Twisted Pair) protocol.