New HDBaseT Tester Measures Cable Length, Signal Integrity, HDCP 2.2 Compliance
Revealed at Essential Install Live, new 4K-9000 HDBaseT tester from Smart-e measures bit error rates, signal strength and HDCP 2.2 compliance.
Julie Jacobson · July 7, 2016
One of the most interesting new products at Essential Install Live, UK’s home-technology show, is nothing too sexy, but it’s something every installer will want in their vans: the 4K-9000 HDBaseT Tester from Smart-e.
The compact handheld tester estimates cable length and measures signal integrity, including bit error rates and HDCP 2.2 compliance.
“Every engineer can pop it into their toolbox,” suggests Smart-e operations manager Adam Lehane.
There is at least one other HDBaseT tester on the market today from Quantum Data, but it’s bulky and expensive, costing several thousand dollars. The Smart-e product will retail for about £499 ($650) when it ships this fall. Smart-e will also provide a 4K/60 Hz HDCP 2.2 signal generator for testing.
Lehane says Smart-e worked with Valens Semiconductor, the developer of HDBaseT technology, to “unlock the information for installers.”
The data does exist in the Valens chipsets (VS100 and VS010), he explains, “but it takes some doing” to extract it.
Smart-e offers a mobile app to log data from the tests.
The 4K-9000 HDBaseT Tester is so new that Smart-e doesn’t have information available online yet, but the spec sheets can be found in the gallery here.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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