New-Tech Europe Magazine | May 2018
Interoperability is the name of the game A well-known rule in the HDBaseT world is that not all systems are capable of supporting all the elements transmitted in HDBaseT using 5Play technology. As a result, the ability of two devices with HDBaseT channels to work in concert is not obvious. Coordinated operation is known as the interoperability or compatibility of the HDBaseT device. Testing the HDBaseT interoperability of devices saves time and money both for the installer and for the end user. It enables freedom of choice between different brands and products, and greatly improves the ability of home systems and smart factory designers to meet the exact needs of each customer and adapt themselves to the system's topology. Ignoring the issue of reciprocity and/or compatibility may cause problems that affect the overall functionality and quality of the system and cause technical problems, such as lack of control or inability to support high transmission quality (when 4K content is transmitted, for example). Many AV and IT installers and integrators are not aware of the features of 5Play HDBaseT, and, as such, are unaware of their responsibility to look closely at the compatibility of HDBaseT channels (device technical specifications must be checked to determine whether the specifications are supported or not supported by the remote side). For example, it is not possible to control an HDBaseT video projector using RS232 serial communication if the projector does not support serial transmission. In other words, even when connecting two devices with an HDBaseT channel, it is imperative to ascertain the channel attributes supported by the manufacturer, including support for 5Play. This data is not always easily or fully detectable, especially when a significant period of time has elapsed since the installation date. To overcome this problem, we created the MS-
HDBaseT failures can occur for many reasons, such as adding noise sources near existing networks that can cause electrostatic noise and random transmission disruptions. In most cases, failures of this type simply cannot be seen and / or detected by visual inspection. That being said, this is a situation that is unacceptable to the end user, for whom each and every one in the installation chain is at fault - from the installer to the equipment supplier. In addition, high resolution transmissions, which the system probably was not tested for during installation, will expose the network to greater sensitivity to environmental interference. In other words, when relying solely on visual inspection, HDBaseT systems tested at 1080P transmission resolution will be more resilient to failures than 4K transmission systems that appear to be sound at the time of installation. Problems such as these are likely to grow and multiply in the "smart" world, where many devices around us will rely on an extensive communications network in order to work. This is exactly why many systems and devices that worked perfectly when first installed mysteriously fail the next day. For these and other reasons, it is imperative today that IoT installers have a comprehensive understanding of HDBaseT technology and understand the way in which problems can be diagnosed, and even prevented in advance, when laying the network infrastructure. The market today offers a wide range of systems using HDBaseT technology, each with unique needs and capabilities. As a result, any attempt to try deal with HDBaseT as a "black box", without really understanding it, will be frustrating, inefficient, will take longer than planned, and may prove to be unprofitable. Let's see how all of that can be avoided and how to easily adopt advanced IOT technologies.
TestPro, the only testing device in the world capable of testing in seconds all the various types of HDBaseT channels available on the market and providing information on 5Play elements from all the manufacturers in the world. The MS-TestPro is the only test device in the world today that can test and validate HDBaseT Spec. 2.0 systems, the most advanced systems on the market. The MS-TestPro is used in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest integration companies in the US, which have already adopted it as an integral part of their test equipment, report savings of up to 30% in time and money, while significantly improving customer satisfaction with the quality of the installation service. In the age of IOT quality is not a dirty word The truth of the famous proverb that the strength of each chain is measured by its weakest link is even more valid when it comes to complex IOT infrastructures required to deliver quality content at UHD level of 4K or higher. If the transmission quality of the system is poor, then any component, smart and advanced as it may be, will simply not work. While HDBaseT provides an excellent platform for 4K UHD broadcasts, inappropriate image: MS-TestPro – the only hand held HDBaseT tester
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