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Hall Research launches auto-switching HDBaseT wallplate

Hall Research has announced the UHBX-SW3 auto-switching wallplate with HDBaseT.

The UHBX-SW3 is a kit comprised of a multi-input wallplate sender and an HDBaseT receiver. The wallplate accommodates two HDMI and one VGA input with audio. It also supports the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) with phone-charging feature to allow video presentation from a smartphone using just a passive cable. The VGA input can also accept YPbPr Component video. The wallplate can manually or automatically switch between the various video inputs and extend the video using HDBaseT standard.

To control the power on/off function of the remote display, the wallplate can generate RS232 and IR control signals which are extended using the same Cat 6 cable. Virtually all VGA and HDMI resolutions are supported including 4K (UHD). 4K video can be extended to 100m while 1080p signals can go as far as 150m. The wallplate is powered through the same cable from the receiver using PoH (power over HDBaseT), simplifying installation. A compatible receiver (UHBX-R-PSE) is provided in the kit.

To guarantee proper display of the VGA input, the wallplate scales the output to 1080p which is supported by all HDMI TVs. Audio connected to the 3.5mm input can be extended by itself regardless of VGA input allowing connection of audio players.

The system can automatically (or manually) control the power on/off function of the remote display. If a video input is detected, the wallplate can automatically issue the desired power on command, and in the absence of any video input, it can send an off command. The power commands can be RS232, IR, or CEC depending on the user’s needs. To select the control method and to upload the commands, a USB port is provided on the wall-plate for programming using Hall Research’s free Windows GUI software. In addition, the wall-plate features an IR detector that can extend IR signal to the remote receiver. In this way, an IR remote can be pointed to the wall-plate and its signal will be extended to the TV.

The UHBX-SW3 complies fully with HDBaseT Alliance’s design specifications and may be connected to displays or projectors with HDBaseT inputs without the external receiver. In that case, a PoH compliant power inserter would be needed to power the wallplate.