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DrayTek HVE290 - HDMI-over-IP Set (TX + RX) Converts HDMI video to IP for VigorSwitch V1281

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    DrayTek HVE290 - HDMI-over-IP Set (TX + RX) Converts HDMI video to IP for VigorSwitch V1281
    The DrayTek HVE290 takes an HDMI input from your video device (Satellite Receiver, DVD/Blu-Ray player, Cable TV box etc.) and converts it into an IP signal on standard CAT5e/CAT6 cable which can then be distributed by DrayTek's VigorSwitch V1281. Ports on the VigorSwitch 1281 not used for video can be used for normal data networking.


    • HDMI-over-IP Extender
    • Companion Device for VigorSwitch V1281
    • Video Performance:
      • Full HD, up to 1080P
      • Up to 36-bit Deep Colour
      • HDCP Passthrough & HDMI 1.3
      • Upscaling/Downscaling (auto or manual)
    • Audio Compatibility:
      • Mono & Stereo PCM
      • Dolby® Surround 5.1/7.1
      • Dolby® TrueHD®
      • DTS®
    • One-to-one or one-to-many (sender-to-receiver)
      (One-to-many requires VigorSwitch V1281)
    • Infrared Remote Control signals sent back to source
    • 2-Year DrayTek UK warranty
    • UK Power Adaptor (BS1362 compliant)
    • CE, ROHS & WEEE certified/compliant
    • Dimensions: Length:95mm, Width:75mm, Height:30mm

    The HVE290 comes as a pair (sender and receiver) although additional receiver units are available separately too. The sender unit connects to your video source (HDMI) and to the VigorSwitch V1281 (RJ45 sockets). The receiver unit connects back to your VigorSwitch 1281 and outputs to your TV, screen or projector's HDMI input, elsewhere in your building.

    The HVE290 uses a video codec designed to balance bandwidth conservation with frame rate - i.e. to reduce dropping frames in fast-moving scenes which can cause 'jerkiness', particularly on larger screens or projectors in 'panning shots'.  The HVE290 also provides full HD with up to 36-bit colour to ensure you get great resolution and picture fidelity, even on a large screen and can transmit regular PCM Stereo, Dolby® surround or DTS® sources to the receivers.   The HVE290 can also downscale or upscale when you're using a one-to-many configuration with screens of different resolutions (e.g. transmit a 1080P picture and display it on a 720P and 1080P screen simultaneously).

    DrayTek HVE290 Sockets (Sender and Receiver)

    The image above shows the sockets on the receiver and sender units. The RJ45 (network) socket is on the other side of both units, as shown. Individual receiver units are also available separately which is useful if you have different numbers of sources and outputs (screens), e.g. 3 sources but 8 outputs (screens) when you're using a VigorSwitch V1281 (available separately). Do not connect the HVE290 to a regular switch which cannot switch/segment signals and seperate it from LAN/Internet data.


    HVE290 Sender Unit connected to Satellite TV receiver and VigorSwitch V1281. In this scenario, you'll probably also want to use an IR 'eye' pair (not shown) to send remote control signals back to the Satellite receiver from the output locations (screens).
      HVE290 Receiver unit connected to a TV. The green CAT5e cable will go through your building's cabling back to the VigorSwitch V1281 (or directly into an HVE300 sender unit).

    You will be able to control your source device from the screens around your building using the original Infra-red remote control if you fit the IR 'eyes' (receiver and emitter) pairs onto the HVE sender and receiver units. The IR addons may be included with your unit, depending on which model you purchase.


    Each unit needs power, either from the AC/DC power supply (included) or if you have many sender units, you may prefer a multi-outlet USB power supply (of adequate power/Amps). USB DC cables are available as an optional accessory. It is very convenient to power the receiver directly from the TV's USB port however many TVs do not provide sufficient power (some larger ones do).

    Above: Accessories. The USB DC cable is an optional extra.

    Direct Connection (no Switch)

    As well as connecting the HVE290 through the VigorSwitch V1281, with multiple senders and receivers, you can also use the units as lone pairs, connected directly, sender to receiver:

    Without the VigorSwitch V1281, you can connect the units directly to each other using a CAT5e cable of up to 170 metres, far exceeding HDMI cable limits. CAT5e or CAT6 is also lower cost and easier to terminate than HDMI and often part of an existing structured cable installation.

    DrayTek VigorSwitch V1281

    The DrayTek VigorSwitch V1281 (sold separately) has 27 ports which can be used for HVE290 senders or receivers, so you can have any combination of source devices or TV outputs and any of the screens can select any of the inputs using the smartphone app. 

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