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video over cat5 -- any ideas


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does anyone have experience in extending video over cat5?
we are looking to run several monitors through our server over cat5 in dvi or vga
any input would be great
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what's the distance you're wanting to traverse? what's the purpose? are all the monitors showing the same thing? is there a terminal at the other end for input or is this just for display? what's your budget?
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less than 100' -- just for display purposes -- i believe we may want to have an option for different view on each monitor-- budget? wow --- most cost effective
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well you can get 100+ foot VGA cables pretty easily (of course, they're not the cheapest things in the world... 125' is around $400 us depending where you get them from

then there are the cheaper VGA to ethernet converters (like these), for these you've got to get a base unit and an extender device...so, you may end up spending the same as the really long VGA cables
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can't run wire -- everything under floor -- thanks
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well..then you may be out of luck. if i'm correct (which i may not be, you may want to contact one of the manufacturers of the vga to ethernet devices i posted above to be sure) you can't plug that contraption into a switch and have it work, you've got to run the ethernet cables directly from one end to the other.
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cat 6 already run everywhere-- already connected to patch panel --
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You can do this (send DVI video over CAT6 using your existing structured wiring) with our HDMI over IP devices. A simple and inexpensive HDMI > DVI adapter cable would be all you need to convert the HDMI over IP Transmitters and Receivers to work with DVI sources and screens.

Hope this helps.
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