Introduction to AnyWire

Introduction

A while ago, one of my customers asked me if we can send an HDMI signal over a single CAT6 strand. It appeared that he only had one twisted pair available to transmit the full 1080p/60 signal about 600 feet and the IR signal back to the transmitter. After some thought, I asked, “What if we could transmit the HDMI signal over any type of wire, and I mean any?”

“That would be great!” he said. “When can I see the prototype?”

After hard work by our engineering department, Altinex is pleased to announce that we are able to send 1080p/60 HDMI signal over any type of wire. And when I say any, I mean any. We called this system “AnyWire.”

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Figure 1: The complete AnyWire system (TP315-101 and TP315-102)

Discussion

Current technology enables users to extend an HDMI signal over CAT6 type cables. The more popular system is HDBaseT. It is a real time transmission system that extends the HDMI signal over 300 feet (or 100 meters).

But what if you do not have a CAT6 cable running, and what if the only cable you have is a speaker wire, low voltage power wire, or any other type of wire? Fear not, for the solution to this application lies with AnyWire.

If you have a wire, we can transmit the HDMI signal over it. It doesn’t matter what type of wire it is, as long as it runs between a transmitter and a receiver. To make things even more interesting, you can connect multiple receivers on the far end to build a small distribution amplifier with up to 4 outputs.

How AnyWire Works

AnyWire employs a special design that converts HDMI signal into a serial stream of data. This data stream is encoded to allow transmission over any copper media.

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Figure 2: HDMI conversion to AnyWire

The conversion provides a slight delay in the video signal. Even though audio and video signals are fully synchronized, it takes about half a second to perform the full conversion. The AnyWire is perfectly fit for transmitting live video and computer video signal over long cables.

The complete system consists of the AnyWire transmitter and up to 4 AnyWire receivers. The diagram below shows a typical system configuration with AnyWire devices. Note that adding an additional receiver is just like daisy chaining another device. The distance between receivers can be up to 50 feet.

Blog 03072016 - Figure 3 - Typical system diagram for Anywire system

Figure 3: Typical system diagram for AnyWire system

The AnyWire transmitter and receiver are very small and will easily fit behind a monitor or wall plate. The transmitter has local HDMI output for use with a local display.

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Figure 4: Front panel of the AnyWire transmitter (TP315-101)

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Figure 5: Back panel of the AnyWire transmitter (TP315-101)

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Figure 6: Top view of the AnyWire transmitter (TP315-101)

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Figure 7: Front panel of the AnyWire receiver (TP315-102)

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Figure 8: Back panel of the AnyWire receiver (TP315-102)

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Figure 9: Top view of the AnyWire receiver (TP315-102)

With AnyWire transmitters and receivers, the applications are limitless. This technology can be easily incorporated into digital signage, rental applications, courtroom setups, sports bars, and much more. This product can also be used for many retrofitting projects where running additional wires is not practical and using existing wiring will provide an easy upgrade path.

Conclusion

Altinex is introducing a new generation of audio visual products that use AnyWire technology. These products provide new opportunities for Audio Visual installers and new opportunities to upgrade countless existing installations.

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