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Zektor Debuts 8x8 HDBaseT Switch at ISE 2013

Zektor CEO Jeff Haynes explains special circuitry that enables any brand of IR transmitter to pass signals over HDBaseT, debuting in new 8x8 matrix switch at ISE 2013.


Thanks to a luggage mishap, the real 8x8 HDBaseT switch never landed in Amsterdam, but Jeff Haynes shows us a mock-up at ISE 2013.

Zektor used ISE 2013 to launch its brand new 8x8 matrix switch with native HDBaseT. Previous products required HDMI breakout boxes to implement the Cat 5 technology.

In the video below, CEO Jeff Haynes explains how Zektor “redesigned the IR circuitry” in its HDBaseT implementations to allow the product to work with anybody’s IR connectors, IR emitters and IR blasters.

“Whoever you want to use, our products are going to work,” Haynes says. “It’s like a plug-and-play situation for IR.

Naturally, Haynes wouldn’t miss an opportunity to promote his latest Clarity HD Elite matrix switch that debuted at CEDIA 2012.

Haynes notes that the product can “pull the HDMI audio stream out to a distributed speaker amp so … stereo left/right, conversion, whatever you want to do, Zektor is doing it.”

Exhibiting for the first time at ISE in the Control4 booth, Zektor was proud to be the first matrix switch manufacturer to implement the home automation company’s Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), allowing integrators to discover and pull all necessary drivers.

Other Zektor goodies in the video below.

Zektor at ISE 2013

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Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]


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