Airports, bus and train terminals, as well as hospitals are locations where digital signage helps move people throughout the facility. Maps and text messages are used to inform pedestrians of their location and how to get to their final destination. This same concept is used to display commercial messages in a variety of situations to include financial companies, stock brokerages, retail stores and even grocery stores.
The challenge in all these situations is pushing the video and audio signals a long distance. In some facilities fiber optic solutions offer the best alternative. However, this is an expensive upgrade to computer hardware, displays and distribution of the fiber optic cable. This is where using a CAT5 VGA extender and inexpensive network cable provides a more affordable solution.
These VGA over CAT5 systems consist of two paired devices: a transmitter and receiver. Some units require a separate power supply so be sure to confirm that with the vendor's support team. The transmitter is plugged into the VGA connection on the computer or signage player.
A Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6 cable is then plugged into the back of the transmitter. This cable will lead to the receiver unit connected to the monitor. The Cat5e/6 cable is designed for routing high-resolution VGA signals and stereo audio over remote distances up to 1,000 feet or 300 meters.
If you need to send the audio/video signal to more than one monitor, be sure to purchase a multi-port unit. Some devices also support daisy chaining several CAT5 VGA extenders together. When using a 4-port high-resolution VGA extender you can send video from one computer to 4 monitors. Or you can connect as many as 3 more VGA extenders and send the signals to as many as 12 remote monitors without experiencing degradation to the sound or video.
If you are struggling to find the best way to play your media on multiple screens spread out throughout your location using a single player; then consider using VGA over CAT5 solution. This is an affordable solution that sends crystal clear video and audio up to 1,000 feet away from the player.