- Written by Sumit Chawla
- Published on 11 May 2012
Conclusions About the Accell UltraCat HD HDMI Cable Extender
Accell's UltraAV Mini 1x4 HDMI splitter and UltraCat HD HDMI extender paired well and allowed me to share an HDMI source among two rooms. While I only used two output devices, the compact and sleek looking splitter is capable of mirroring an HDMI source across its four output ports. I would have liked for the handshake between it and my SSP to be more reliable, however, I was able to resolve this by inserting Gefenís HDMI detective into the signal chain or by bypassing my SSP. Not having another splitter or a SSP with HDMI capability on hand, I was not able to debug this further. I give it a guarded recommendation, as the handshake issue could be related to the other components in the signal chain.
The UltraCat HD packs a lot of functionality in its compact enclosure. Based on HDBaseT technology, it allows for the transmission of several signals, HDMI, IR, RS-232 and Ethernet, over a single Cat 5e/6 cable for distances up to 100m. It future proofs itself by adding support for 4kp30. I would like to see a lower price-point, which I hope will happen as the economies of scale come into play. The UltraCat HD is an excellent product and one that is easy to recommend.