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New Daisy Chain System from Gefen Supports Connectivity for up to 100 Displays using CAT-5 Cables with Video over IP Technology

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen is pleased to unveil its Daisy Chain HD System for large-scale display deployment at ISE. Comprised of a sender, splitter and receiver unit, all three devices work together to deliver 1080p full HD. Up to 100 displays can be connected at the same time using one CAT-5 cable between them in a daisy chain concept. Individual displays can be mounted next to each other or up to 100 meters apart. HDMI with IR and RS-232 control is carried on the same CAT-5 cable.

The Daisy Chain HD System can be used to create a daisy chain to 30 displays from one splitter to the next splitter or receiver. It can also be used to create a tree-like signal distribution in which splitters are used to create “branches.” The system supports a maximum of ten branches, or a total of 100 displays. The source video is sent to the sender, then over a CAT-5 cable to the splitter, which splits the signal to two outputs, one which can connect to a display through a receiver up to 100 meters away and another which connects to another splitter. Each splitter also provides one HDMI output for a local display connection.

This new daisy chain video system works with all hi-def displays and video sources using HDMI including Blu-ray players, satellite set-top boxes and tablets. IR and RS-232 controls key features of the display, including powering displays on and off and switching inputs.

“This is an evolutionary new daisy chain concept for many commercial applications including digital signage,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “The video source can be routed to many locations and integrated to support a large display deployments such as airport terminals using up to 100 displays in one system.”


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