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CE Labs HMICK-3

Jan 4, 2013 10:44 AM, By Patrick Barron


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Style of RS-232 Connector: 1/8in.

MSRP: $700

HDBaseT: Yes

www.celabs.net

Maximum Distance:

· Cat-5: Works up to 250ft. at all resolutions tested

· Cat-6: Works up to 300ft. at all resolutions tested

· Blu-ray player: Cat-5 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 200ft. Cat-6 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 300ft.

The extender from CE Labs was priced in the middle of the range and the performance was also in the middle of ones tested. There were a few that worked out to a greater distance, but several that did not perform as well. The unit was nice and neatly packaged. One useful feature was that it has a red light when not linked and a green light when linked. When we called customer service they were very helpful. The form factor on this case is identical to a couple of others and the pictures show that the case and connectors on the case are literally the same. CE Labs has very nice and professional-looking silkscreen wording on the top and sides of the box that identify the manufacturer, model number, and clearly shows which unit is the transmitter vs. the receiver. But just because the case is the same for a product does not mean that what is found inside is the same.

Many manufacturers have production done overseas to reduce costs. In speaking to the engineers at CE Labs, we found out that all of the design of the firmware and hardware layout inside of the case is done locally in the U.S. by the CE Labs engineers. They develop the hardware specifications and write the firmware inhouse. The firmware on the chip is unique to the CE Lab product and the performance obtained is unique to this product. This extender also has bi-directional IR capability.

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