Audio Video DevicesWe’ve explored a seemingly endless array of A/V connectivity and distribution solutions lately that are suitable for a seemingly endless range of needs and technical levels — from one-room home entertainment systems to vast multi-display classroom, training center, and convention hall environments.

In other words, much of what we provide are advanced A/V solutions to both casual and sophisticated A/V users, for projects both big and small. The goal is always pull, plug and play capability.

What we’ve talked about so far is just a tip of the iceberg for what the future will hold when it comes to connectivity solutions here at MilesTek. But now is a good time to stop for a second and review how exactly our products provide our customers an unparalleled A/V advantage.

Here are three keys:

1. Smart bargains

Many of products smartly take advantage of high-quality, low-cost CAT5E Ethernet cables and CAT6 Ethernet cables. Without them, running top-quality audio and video from sources to displays over long distances would be either prohibitively expensive or simply impossible without losing signal purity.

The use of Ethernet cables lowers costs and lengthens your signal transmission capabilities. It’s a win-win.

2. Comprehensive Cable Coverage

We have solutions for just about every common (and some that are not-so common) cable technology available.

For example, while HDMI cables have only been on the market since 2003, we offer a full range of innovative HDMI extenders, HDMI switches, HDMI splitters and HDMI converters (as well as simple, reliable, high-speed HDMI cables as well). But we can also provide a full range products for older cable technologies like VGA, Composite/Component Video, and DVI distribution as well. And when the next wave of new cable technology hits the market, we’ll figure how to make it better, simpler, cheaper, and more usable for our customers as well.

3. Flexibility

Sure, we have products than can enhance just about any A/V cable technology your source or display needs. But what if you need a mix (as most multi-source systems do)? We’ve got solutions for mixed systems as well.

For example, check out our HDMI to component/composite video switchers, as well as our VGA-to-HDMI converters. Whatever you need to make your system go.

That’s the bottom line. Our A/V solutions make your A/V needs and problems simply solvable. Go ahead and browse through our complete catalog of audio video devices for more information.

Last week on the Milestek blog, we talked a bit about our custom VGA wall plates. The active wall plate sets we’ve designed for component and composite video (over CAT5E/CAT6 Ethernet cables) capabilities feature a similar set of benefits — but for a different set of needs.

CAT5E/CAT6 Ethernet cables are an excellent way to be able to run component and composite video over long distances at just a fraction of the price of regular cable extension — without sacrificing quality. In fact, these wall plate sets can extend AV signals up to 300 feet over a single CAT5E Ethernet cable or CAT6 Ethernet cable.

The wall plates are ideal for component and composite AV setups where your video source is in a separate room from your HDTV or other video display (it’s especially ideal when you need the source device to be securely located in a locked room).

So we’re proud to sell four different component video wall plate sets. Let’s take a look:

1. Component Video over CAT5E/CAT6 Extender Wall Plate Set

Like each of our CAT5E and CAT6 active wall plate kits, this one can extend your component video signal up to 300 feet. It includes a 110-type rear punch down connector for easy in-wall installation, as well as a source wall plate, display wall plate, and mounting wall plates and screws. Component video transmits in sparkling quality, including Y/Pb/Pr up to 1080i @ 164 feet, plus up to 720p @ 246 feet for HDTV. No software or adapters are required.

2. Component Video with Digital Audio over CAT5E/CAT6 Extender Wall Plate Set

This wall plate set is similar, but it also includes audio support for RCA SPDIF digital connections.

3. Composite Video with Stereo Audio over CAT5E/CAT6 Extender Wall Plate Set

Again, this wall plate set boasts identical features as the others, except for one key added capability: composite video at 100ohm and stereo audio at 600ohm impedance.

4. Component Video with Stereo Audio over CAT5E/CAT6 Extender Wall Plate Set

This wall plate set supports an extraordinary range of component video signals with stereo audio support, including 480p up to 500 feet, 720p up to 400 feet, 1080i up to 350 feet, 1080p/24Hz up to 300 feet, and 1080p/60Hz up to 300 feet.

Three VGA wall plates. Three unique options. Three AV solutions that can keep your AV systems tidy, organized and connected.

Let’s take a look at our complete line:

Plastic VGA Wall PlatePlastic VGA Wall Plate

Fully wired with a straight-through connection for universal VGA compatibility, our line of RoHS-compliant plastic VGA wall plates allow for easy termination of VGA connectors for in-wall connections. The plastic face plate fits into most standard wall mount boxes. Crafted out of white, durable ABS plastic, the kit comes with mounting screws for simple installation and a female-to-female pass-thru coupler.

Plastic VGA with 3.5mm Stereo Audio Wall PlatePlastic VGA with 3.5mm Stereo Audio Wall Plate

Similarly, our VGA wall plates with 3.5mm stereo audio lets you terminate VGA connectors for in-wall connections, but adds a 3.5mm 6-inch pigtail connector for an extra bit of welcome flexibility. This plastic, RoHS-compliant face plate is also designed to fit snugly into standard wall mounts, and its made out of the same tough, sleek ABS plastic.

VGA Aluminum Wall PlatesProfessional VGA Aluminum Wall Plates

Our plastic wall plates are tough, attractive, and will do the job every time. But certain commercial environments benefit from something a little bit more physically resilient industrial-ready. A metal wall plate can make a noticeable difference, and our professional VGA aluminum wall plates are some of the best in the industry. Combined with any of our other AV connectivity solutions, these wall plates provide the last link in our end-to-end installation solutions.

Built from clear, anodized aluminum, the sleek plates will provide rugged reliability and professional-grade AV connectivity year after year without breaking or becoming dingy or dour. Each one is custom assembled and engraved, providing the exact match you need for your AV setting — ideal for commercial systems integration, classroom and training settings, conference rooms and boardrooms, churches, music venues, and convention halls.

The VGA aluminum wall plates include:

  • Engraved text
  • Tough 1/8″ (11 gauge) aluminum
  • Double beveled edges (0.0635 at 45 degrees)
  • Clear anodized finish
  • Vertical grain
  • Feed-through connectors
  • Matching mounting screws

We’ve got eight different models of VGA aluminum wall plates. And, of course, each one is manufactured right here in America. Contact our VGA distribution solutions for more information.

USB ExtendersHere at MilesTek, we love exploring ways to meet our customers’ audio/visual needs. All of our extenders, whether DVI extenders, VGA extenders, HDMI extenders, composite and component extenders, or USB extenders, provide unique audio/visual solutions for our customers, many of which they won’t find anywhere else in the industry.

One thing that is unique about our USB extenders is that their uses extend far beyond the audio and visual. They can be used for any creative scenario involving USB peripherals that are beyond the reach of a normal USB cable, from a keyboard to a mouse to a hard drive to digital audio systems to security and surveillance video. Our USB extenders utilize the affordable empowerment of CAT5E or CAT6 Ethernet cables, similar to all of our extenders.

Much like extension power cables that can be used for powering any out-of-reach object, from a vacuum cleaner to a guitar amp, USB extenders can be used for connecting any out-of-reach USB device. We offer a variety of USB extenders to be used with CAT5E or CAT6 Ethernet cables for any situation where a USB peripheral is distant from a computer (at a much lower price than rigid and expensive USB cables).

How Do The Extenders Work?

With a USB extender, you can use a regular CAT5E or CAT6 Ethernet cable to connect any USB device to a computer, anywhere from 50 feet away to 330 feet away, depending on which extender you choose. All of our USB extenders have built-in buffers and actively regenerate signals to ensure that all of your data comes through crystal clear with full integrity, even over long distances.

For example, if you set up a USB video camera in a different room, 150 feet away from your computer, the video signal will come in perfectly clear due to the quality of our USB extenders. So will the signal from any other type of USB device.

Which Should I Choose?

Each of our USB over CAT5E/6 extenders boast valuable features, but the most significant factors to consider when deciding which USB extender is right for you are (1) how much extension length you want, (2) the number or USB ports you want, and (3) whether you want a plastic case or a wall plate. We offer these styles of USB extenders:

To learn more about USB over CAT5E/CAT6 extenders, contact our USB distribution specialists. You can also take a look at our other CAT5E/CAT6 extenders, including Ultimate VGA extenders, VGA extenders, HDMI extenders, and composite and component extenders.