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The Gefen EXT-HDFST-848CPN Matrix Switcher allows you to route any eight HDMI inputs to any eight HDMI outputs. This unit supports up to 1080p Full HD with Deep Color and multi-channel digital audio. It supports 3DTV, and Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, for uncompromised audio/video entertainment. Each source can be controlled through the front-panel push buttons, the IR remote control, the RS-232 port, or the IP by using the Web interface or Telnet.
Gefen FST Fast Switching Technology (FST) is a Gefen software implementation for HDMI products. FST helps improve the lengthy HDMI authentication process, based on the HDMI and HDCP specifications. FST allows connecting/disconnecting or turning any of the HDTV displays on or off without affecting other displays within the audio/video distribution system.
EDID Support Advanced EDID Management allows for rapid integration of sources and displays.
DVI Devices Support You can use DVI sources and displays with HDMI-to-DVI cables or adapters.
Control effortlessly in different ways This Matrix Switcher offers several different methods for effortless control. You can use the included IR Remote Control via front panel sensor (using EXT-RMT-EXTIR) and back panel input, the IP (Web Server and Telnet), the Serial (RS-232) port, or the front-panel push buttons.
How it works Use the HDMI cables, and connect up to eight Hi-Def sources to the HDMI inputs on the matrix. Connect up to eight HDTV displays to the HDMI outputs on the matrix. 3D content can be displayed only when connecting a 3D source. Connect the included power supply to the matrix switcher, and plug it into an available electrical outlet. Turn on the matrix by pressing the power switch, and then apply power to the sources and to the displays.
This review is from: Gefen 8x8 Crosspoint Matrix for HDMI EXT-HDFST-848CPN
Pros: Machine has 8 HDMI inputs and 8 HDMI Outputs. You can display any of the inputs to any output you want. It lets you have only one input at a time per output; however you can make whatever combinations of inputs/outputs you want. Even lets you have one input on all outputs. The signal seems strong even when you have all or one.
You can save macros on the system for quick switching. There is a built in web-server to use that makes this easy.
The device is rack mount and sturdy. It can also sit out on a desk if that is how you have your setup.
The machine has not crashed even once. It is very stable.
The push buttons are nice. There is enough room for tape labels if you are frugal with space and use small type without margins.
I have one hooked up with mac minis, windows PC, a chrome cast, an apple TV, a DVD player, and a receiver that does HDMI output. I used cat6 to HDMI converters to reach some of the TV's that are far away. I have TV's on all of the outputs however sometimes I will temporarily attach a PC monitor. So far no issues with any of these technologies.
Cons: I'd make sure you have a firewall on this one as the built in web server is not encrypted. Someone else in your network and anywhere in between may be able to get your login password with the correct tools. You can only have two users on this.
The onboard screen is not very intuitive and low resolution. You're better off using the web console for administration.
Other Thoughts: This is professional grade gear.
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