The Aurora Multimedia extender was the top performer in terms of distance achieved with both CAT5 and CAT6 cables.
Independent 3rd Party shoot-out of 23 of the latest HDBaseT Extenders availalble has stated Aurora Multimedia's DXE-CAT-S2 extender pair as the "Top Performer" and pointed out the unique features of the unit including:
*Flex Power(TM) with POE
*Distances tested up to 625ft over CAT6a Shielded
*Bidirectional IR Pass through
*Form Factor (Smallest unit tested)
*2-Port Ethernet Switch
*S2L version with embedded "complete control system"
Findings will be presented in the December edition of Sound & Video Contractor magazine.
The excerpt from the article appears below reprinted with permission by Sound & Video Contractor, December 2012 by Patrick Barron:
"The Aurora Multimedia extender was the top performer in terms of distance achieved with both CAT5 and CAT6 cables. Aurora was able to make modifications to the firmware that allowed the distance to dramatically increase while still maintaining the HDBaseT designation. ....One of the features unique to Aurora was that both units could be powered by a power supply at one side only. This meant you could place a power supply at the TX or RX based on the installation configuration of which side was more convenient. This extender can also be powered with POE which eliminates the need for a traditional power supply.
Bidirectional IR pass-through was another feature that was not tested but it could be useful in many instances. The size of the box itself was the smallest one tested which makes it very easy to locate in small spaces such as behind a wall mounted flat panel display......
Another version of this extender is available at a higher price that adds a complete control system into the extender. The DXE-CAT-S2L (not tested) has 8MB of storage capability for hosting a Web Control page enabling control of any IR or RS232 controllable device. Configurable as Telnet Client/Server, the S2L can also be integrated with existing supporting control systems. Additionally it provides a 2-port Ethernet switch at both ends allowing connectivity of IP capable displays and components."
Performance Specs as stated by the article are below:
*Model: *DXE-CAT S2 (with extended firmware as a standard feature)
*Style of RS-232 Connector: 1/8th"
*Product website link:
*CAT5: *Works up to 425' at all resolutions tested
*CAT6: *Works up to 625' at all resolutions tested
*BluRay Player: CAT5 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 425'
*CAT6 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 625'
About Aurora Multimedia
Founded in 1997 by veterans of the audiovisual industry, Aurora Multimedia uses state-of-the-art technologies to define the cutting edge. Since the introduction of its IP-based control systems and touch panels, Aurora Multimedia has become a dominant force in the control system market. Advanced audio/video processors with features such as audio delay compensation, scaling, multi-image rotation and dual/quad display processing add to the highly-adaptive, diversified product line. Aurora Multimedia provides solutions for a variety of global markets including government, education, security, hospitality, corporate and residential.