The DM-TX-201-C provides a simple interface solution for computers and other high-resolution AV sources as part of a complete DigitalMedia™ system. With both HDMI® and RGB inputs, the DM-TX-201-C is ideal for use at a lectern, conference table, wall plate, or any remote location in a boardroom, classroom, or residence to provide an input for a laptop computer, DVD player, or similar source. It connects to the head end or display location using a single CAT5e or Crestron DM 8G™ cable.
As the leader in HDMI and control system technologies, Crestron developed DigitalMedia to deliver the first complete HD AV distribution system to take HDMI to a higher level. DigitalMedia allows virtually any mix of AV sources to be distributed throughout the home, office, school, or virtually any other facility.
DigitalMedia 8G+ breaks even further ground, providing a true one-wire transport for moving high-definition video, audio, and Ethernet over low-cost twisted-pair cable without any compression or repeaters. Just one 8-conductor twisted-pair cable is required, supporting distances up to 330 feet (100 m) using Crestron DM 8G Cable or CAT5e.
DigitalMedia thoughtfully manages all of the various AV signals and devices in your system, matching each source's output to the capabilities of the selected display(s). Every signal is preserved in its native video resolution and audio format, ensuring a pure, lossless signal path throughout.
Multimedia Computer/AV Interface
The DM-TX-201-C provides simple switching between two inputs. Its HDMI input supports HDCP and handles WUXGA computer resolutions and 1080p60 HDTV with multi-channel lossless audio. The HDMI input can also handle DVI and DisplayPort Multimode signals using an appropriate adapter or dongle. The RGB input handles analog RGB and VGA signals up to WUXGA 1920x1200 pixels, as well as analog video up to 1080p60. A mini-TRS stereo audio input is also provided to accept analog audio signals from an unbalanced line-level or headphone output.
A single cable connects the DM-TX-201-C to a DM® switcher or receiver, transporting video, audio, control, networking, and power signals all through one simple RJ45 connection. Used with a single DM 8G+™ Receiver/Room Controller and optional Crestron Control System, the DM-TX-201-C affords a simple solution for extending a multimedia computer or AV signal to a single display up to 330 feet (100 m) away. As part of a larger system using a DM-MD series switcher, multiple DM-TX-201-Cs may be installed to enable the distribution of several sources at different locations to feed multiple displays throughout any room or larger facility.
In addition to its DM output, there is also an HDMI output provided to feed a local HDMI or DVI monitor, eliminating the need for an extra outboard distribution amp or other hardware.
Along with high-definition AV and control, DigitalMedia also integrates high-speed Ethernet networking for a total signal distribution solution. The DM-TX-201-C includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, providing a convenient LAN connection for a local network device.
The DM-TX-201-C also functions as a keyboard/mouse extender, providing a USB port which connects to the source device (i.e. computer or other USB HID-compliant host device), allowing it to be controlled by a mouse or keyboard located in another room, or at a presentation lectern, conference table, or some other remote location.
EDID Format Management
The DM-TX-201-C allows for management of the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) information that passes between the display devices and input sources in the system. Using Crestron Toolbox™ software, the format and resolution capabilities of each device can be assessed and managed through the DM-TX-201-C, ensuring reliable operation by instructing sources to output only the resolutions and formats that can be handled by the displays and system wiring.
CEC Embedded Device Control
The primary objective of every Crestron system is to enable precisely the control desired for a seamless user experience. DigitalMedia provides an alternative to conventional IR and RS-232 device control by harnessing the CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) signal embedded in HDMI. Through its connection to the control system, the DM-TX-201-C provides a gateway for controlling the connected source device right through the HDMI connection, potentially eliminating the need for any dedicated control wires or IR probes. Through proper CEC signal management, DigitalMedia allows you to take control of each device in the system as you like.
Compact and Versatile
The DM-TX-201-C is designed to be mounted to a flat surface or placed on a shelf. It is compact enough to fit discreetly inside a presentation lectern or beneath a table, and can even be attached to a rack rail in the back of an equipment cabinet. An array of indicators on the DM-TX-201-C provides for easy setup and troubleshooting.
A Digital Upgrade for Legacy Systems
The DM-TX-201-C also affords a perfect signal converter for integrating DigitalMedia with analog-based systems like Crestron MPS, QuickMedia®, and the CEN-RGBHV Series. A simple HD15 VGA cable connected between the output of an MPS system and the input of the DM-TX-201-C allows every RGB, component, S-Video, and composite video input on the MPS to be converted to DigitalMedia. Analog audio is converted similarly through an unbalanced stereo audio cable. The DM-TX-201-C's HDMI input may also be used to expand the input capabilities of the MPS system to handle digital AV sources.
Please refer to the DigitalMedia Resources Webpage at http://www.crestron.com/dmresources/ for additional design tools and reference documents.