Cables To Go TruLink HDMI over Cat5e Extender review

Cables To Go HDMI Over CAT5e Extender boosts your HDMI range from 10 metres to 60

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  • Simple to set-up
  • Good range
  • HDCP support


  • Not compatible with powerline networking
  • Signal deteriorates after 40m

The HDMI standard is one of the best things to happen to home entertainment. It's such a successful method of delivering high-definition audio and video, most new home entertainment devices like Blu-ray players, games consoles, and media streamers come with HDMI ports built in.

As your home becomes filled with HDMI devices, you'll notice that they begin to spread apart, requiring longer HDMI cables to connect them all up. This can be a problem for a number of reasons.

To begin with, while HDMI is excellent for transferring crystal clear images and sound over short distances, the further the data has to travel – especially distances further than 10 metres – the more the signal deteriorates.

Another problem is that HDMI cables can become very expensive when you want them to cover long distances.

The Truelink HDMI over CAT5e addresses this problem in a novel way. It uses two network CAT5e cables to transmit the signal up to around 60 meters. Not only does this extend the range of HDMI devices by up to six times, but even two CAT5e cables will be cheaper than one long HDMI cable.

When using the Truelink HDMI over CAT5e extender the video bandwidth is 4.95Gbps, which although lower than HDMI 1.3 (which is capable of up to 10.2Gbps) is still able to transmit full 1080p video over 40 metres without too much loss of quality.

Below 40 metres and the signal is carried perfectly, though between 40 to 60 metres, the 1080p quality breaks down and a lower resolution of 1080i or 720p is needed.

It's not perfect and can't compete quality-wise with a HDMI 1.3 cable over a short distance, but the ability to transmit signals over a much greater distance is so useful that a slight drop in quality is forgivable.

It's a great tool for transferring signals, but you can't use it with wall plug networks – the cables must be dedicated to the task.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeAudio/Video Extender
Product FamilyTruLink
Brand NameC2G
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Product Model89027
Product NameTruLink 89027 HDMI via Cat5E Extender
Product LineTruLink
Manufacturer Part Number89027
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The TruLink HDMI over Cat5E Extender is a robust solution that extends your HDMI signal up to 60 metres over two Cat5 UTP patch cables. This solution is ideal for applications where your HDMI monitor needs to be placed further than the average 10 metre HDMI cable limitation. Driving an HDMI signal over Cat5 allows you to take advantage of your UTP cable infrastructure already installed for a cost-effective and reliable in-wall installation. This HDMI over Cat5E solution is ideal for applications where you need to place your HDMI-compatible screen in a remote location. This is common in large home installations or digital signage applications typical in retail stores, houses of worship, classrooms, and boardrooms where you need video presentation in one room but want the source to be out of sight and in a safe and secure environment. With our HDMI over Cat5E Extender, you can place your display across the room, in another room, or on another floor while your source remains in a convenient location. 1080p resolution; HDCP-compatible.

Package Contents
  • TruLink HDMI over Cat5e Extender- Transmitter Unit
  • TruLink HDMI over Cat5e Extender- Receiver Unit
  • Mounting Bracket
  • Universal (UK & EU) Power Adapter
  • User Manual
Weight (Approximate)827 g