HDMI Over IP vs HDBaseT – What is the Difference?

Published on Updated on November 28, 2023

Building a network with minimum cables has become an important requisite for businesses these days. This is because cable cluttering may result in confusion and accidents if not managed properly. Fortunately, several technologies have been developed to accomplish this. HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT are increasingly popular and have gained immense acceptance owing to their beneficial features. Both HDMI over IP and HDBaseT distribute high-definition video signals from a single source to multiple screens using the existing Ethernet infrastructure. The distribution of video signals is performed using devices such as switches, adapters, splitters, and so on. However, both technologies do it differently. Whether to choose HDMI Over IP or HDBaseT largely depends upon your application needs. This post discusses HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT in detail.

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What is HDMI Over IP?

As discussed earlier, HDMI over IP or HDMI transmit high definition audio and video over Ethernet using devices such as switches, extenders, adapters, and Ethernet-enabled HDMI cables. These devices distribute received signals to multiple destinations without any degradation. An Ethernet HDMI cable can support a high speed of 100Mb per second required for the most demanding networking applications. HDMI over IP is best suited for long-distance data transmission. It uses fiber optic cables and AV/KVM extension devices for transmitting audio or video over long distances at a high resolution.

What is HDBaseT?

HDBaseT is a global standard used for the data transmission of uncompressed ultra-high-definition multimedia contents. The keystone of the technology is 5play that enables up to 8Gbps of high definition digital video and audio as well as control signals to be transmitted over a single cable on 100BaseT Ethernet. Since its introduction in 2010, the technology has drastically transformed the video distribution sector with increased reach, a rich feature set, and improved performance. HDBaseT provides a seamless experience by eliminating cable clutter without compromising on performance and quality.

What is the Difference Between HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT?

Here is a list of pointers that would help you understand how these technologies differ from each other. Let’s have a look at them.

Data Transmission Distance:

  • With HDBaseT, you can transmit HDMI signals up to 100 meters. On the other hand, HDMI over IP doesn’t have any distance limitations. As HDMI over IP is network-based, it can transmit signals over a long distance. HDMI signal distribution is achieved using several network devices, including HDMI extenders, transmitters and receivers, switches, and matrices.

Device Flexibility:

  • Compared to HDBaseT, HDMI over IP offers a more flexible device setup. In the HDMI over IP system, source devices are physically located in a centralized rack, rooms, or a combination of both. No matter where you locate them, they become a part of the HDMI matrix once connected to the Layer 3 managed switch. Therefore, it is possible to access them on every integrated screen using a receiver behind it. On the other hand, HDBaseT matrix switches support several remote sources on one or two inputs. The HDBaseT matrix units with this feature are expensive as more HDBaseT chipsets are required to enable this feature.

4K Capabilities:

  • HDMI over IP offers a better 4k experience than HDBaseT. For instance, HDMI over IP supports 4k and 1080p television on the same network. In the HDBaseT system, you need to purchase the corresponding hardware for the same functionality. It only supports one function at times, meaning either upgrade all to the 4k or reduce all TV resolutions to 1080P.


  • HDBaseT is much cheaper than HDMI over IP technology. HDBaseT- based Ethernet cables with RJ45 connectors are less expensive than HDMI cables. Against this, HDMI is a closed standard that requires a certain fee for utilizing the HDMI interface, while HDBaseT is an open standard. Therefore, it does not require any additional fees.

After understanding both technologies and their dependability on HDMI products, you must source them from a trusted industry player. With years of market presence, VERSITRON offers superior quality HDMI over Ethernet products such as HDMI converters, HDMI adapters, HDMI over Ethernet switches, and HDMI video transmitters and receivers. The company also provides HDMI video to fiber optic installation kits in custom specifications to fulfill your application need.

Rich Tull

Rich Tull
R.W. Tull is the President of Versitron, a leading technology company specializing in data communication and networking solutions. With expertise in Guiding network switches and media converters, R.W. Tull has played a pivotal role in driving Versitron's success. His deep understanding of these technologies has enabled the company to provide innovative and reliable solutions to clients. As a visionary leader, He ensures that Versitron remains at the forefront of the industry, delivering cutting-edge networking solutions that enhance data communication efficiency.
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