Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you want to share the excitement of a movie, a presentation, or a gaming session to multiple displays in your home, only to realize that the standard HDMI Splitters fall short in reaching the distance you need? Imagine setting up an entertainment hub or a professional display system where you want to transmit a high-definition signal from a single media source to various screens. This is where a challenge commonly arises. While standard HDMI splitters are very useful, they have their limits – especially in terms of distance. Standard splitters usually only reach up to 30 feet (in cable length), so what happens if you need more? The solution: An HDMI Splitter over Ethernet, or an HDMI Extender Splitter

What is an HDMI Extender Splitter?

Before we dive into the intricacies of extending HDMI signals to multiple displays, let's understand what makes HDMI Extender Splitters unique. An HDMI Extender Splitter is a device designed to address the limitations of standard HDMI Splitters. It combines the functionality of both an Extender and a Splitter, allowing you to transmit high-definition audio and video signals over extended distances of up to 130 feet, and in some cases, even more, while simultaneously connecting multiple displays.

Now, you might be wondering why such a device is necessary. Let's explore the scenarios where an HDMI Extender Splitter becomes indispensable.

Picture this: you’re about to organize a movie night for your organization, and are expecting a lot of guests. You know you don’t have a display big enough to cater to all of them, so you bring out another set of TVs or monitors which you’ll be placing all over your venue. However, an issue arises when your media source device is not conveniently located next to every display. Standard HDMI Splitters can only take you so far, so what if your TVs have to be at least 100 feet apart in order for your guests to have an optimal viewing experience?

This is where the HDMI Extender Splitter steps in to bridge the gap—literally and figuratively. The Extender aspect ensures that the high-definition audio and video signals can travel over long distances, reaching up to 130 feet or more. Meanwhile, the Splitter functionality allows you to share this extended signal with multiple displays simultaneously. 

Extender splitters achieve this level of use by utilizing CAT cables, such as CAT5e, CAT6, or CAT7, for long-distance setups. By using CAT cables, you get excellent bandwidth, minimal interference, and cost-effectiveness, making it perfect for when you need a display setup that requires your display outputs to be far apart. This flexibility, affordability, and compatibility make CAT cables a straightforward and reliable choice for extending HDMI signals to multiple displays.

To understand better how this device works, let’s break down its key components.

  • Transmitter
  • The transmitter component of an HDMI Extender Splitter is the starting point of your signal's journey. It connects to your HDMI source device, or your input device, such as Blu-ray players, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. The transmitter captures both the audio and video signals, transforms them into a format suitable for long-distance travel, and dispatches them through multiple CAT5e/6/7 cables.

  • Receiver
  • At the other end, near your displays, or output device, is the receiver. Its primary role is to decode the signals it receives from the transmitter and then, through another HDMI cable, deliver high-quality audio and video to your display. It's as simple as that.

  • Splitter
  • The Splitter functionality comes into play as the Transmitter sends the signal to multiple Receivers simultaneously. Whether it's a 1x2 Extender Splitter, 1x4 Extender Splitter, or 1x8 Extender Splitter, the number indicates how many displays the device can connect to. We’ll be discussing this in more detail later.

    And now, with everything considered, let’s discuss more about the benefits of using HDMI over Ethernet Extenders.

  • Extended Reach:
  • HDMI Extender Splitters can cover distances far beyond the capabilities of regular HDMI Splitters. Whether you need to reach 50 feet, 100 feet, or even up to 400 feet, these devices have you covered.

  • Multiple Displays:
  • Unlike standard HDMI Splitters limited to a specific distance, HDMI Extender Splitters offer flexibility. Whether you need to connect two, four, or eight, there's an option that suits your requirements.

  • High-Quality Signal:
  • The combination of Extender and Splitter ensures that each display receives a high-quality audio and video signal, maintaining clarity and resolution.

  • Seamless Setup:
  • While we won't delve into the technical setup details, it's worth noting that HDMI Extender Splitters are designed to be user-friendly, eliminating the need for extensive technical expertise.

    Exploring Multiple Options

    Now that you understand the power of HDMI Extender Splitters, let's explore the various options available based on the number of displays you want to connect and the distances you need to cover.

    1x2 HDMI Splitter Extender:

    Ideal for smaller setups, the 1x2 Extender Splitter allows you to connect one source device and transmit the signal to two displays simultaneously.

     

    1x4 HDMI Splitter Extender:

    If you have a slightly larger space or more displays to connect, the 1x4 Extender Splitter is a perfect choice. It can transmit the signal to four displays with ease.

    1x8 HDMI Splitter Extender:

    For larger setups, the 1x8 Extender Splitter takes it a step further, connecting one source device to eight displays, providing a comprehensive solution for expansive areas.

    The right HDMI Extender Splitter for you depends on the specific needs of your setup. Consider factors such as the distance you need to cover, the number of displays you want to connect, and any additional features that might enhance your experience.

    In conclusion, extending HDMI signals to multiple displays is no longer a challenge with the innovative solution provided by HDMI Extender Splitters. Whether you're hosting events, crafting immersive gaming setups, or delivering impactful presentations, these devices offer the flexibility and reach you need. Explore the options, find the perfect fit for your requirements, and elevate your multimedia experiences.

    And finally, before you buy your first or next HDMI Extender Splitter, it’s always best to consider the brand of what you’re buying. OREI is known for its excellent craftsmanship, and our collection of extender splitters is not an exception. In order for you to have the best setup with little to no problems, it’s always best to go for a brand that’s trusted all over the world.

    To start exploring a wide range of HDMI Extender Splitters and find the one that fits perfectly to your needs, you may take a look at our collection in our shop. There, you'll discover their features, strengths, and a comprehensive list of technical specifications. Discover the possibilities, and make every viewing or presentation moment truly unforgettable.

    For more insights into HDMI devices and setups, check out our blog for informative articles and guides.
    December 27, 2023 — Bilal Kothawala