Niles CAT-5 HDMI baluns use durable, inexpensive CAT-5 cable to send high-def video and surround sound to another room in your home. They're a great solution for folks creating a multi-room audio/video system, and also give you some cool options for your main home theater room. Wall-mount your flat-panel TV, then hide all your video sources in an adjacent room for a super-clean look. Or send a 1080p HD video signal to a ceiling-mounted projector without having to invest in a long, expensive HDMI cable.
These HDMI baluns are a good option for homes with existing dual-CAT-5 cable runs, since you might not have to install any new in-wall wire. And they deliver clear, high-resolution video up to 1080p and full surround sound, even over cable runs of up to 100 feet.
How it works
You'll need to purchase two HDMI baluns to set up a fully functioning system — both this receiver and a matching transmitter (sold separately). HDMI's high bandwidth requires the use of two CAT-5 cables. Installation is straightforward just connect the receiver and transmitter to your two lengths of CAT-5 cable. Connect this receiver balun to your HDTV or home theater receiver via an HDMI cable. Connect the transmitter balun to your video source, like a high-def cable box or Blu-ray player, using another HDMI cable. Now you can send high-def video and surround sound and to a system in another room.
What is a balun?
A balun gets its name by converting signals between balanced and unbalanced lines. Balanced cables can carry signals over much longer distances than unbalanced lines, because of their superior noise rejection. This balun converts audio/video signals between balanced CAT-5 connections and unbalanced HDMI connections.