The DM-TX-201-S is a DM 8G™ Fiber transmitter and switcher that provides a convenient interface 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-S 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 via a single multimode fiber strand.
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 is the latest generation of DM®, providing the world's only truly professional, one-wire digital AV distribution and control network. Using the DM-TX-201-S, DM 8G handles uncompressed video beyond high-definition with support for HDCP, plus uncompressed multichannel PCM audio, and high-speed Ethernet, all over one simplex multimode fiber. DM 8G enables wire distances up to 1000 ft using CresFiber® 8G Fiber Optic Cable.
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) without relying on scaling or compression. 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-S 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 signals up to WUXGA 1920x1200 pixels, as well as component 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 fiber strand connects the DM-TX-201-S to a DM switcher or receiver, transporting video, audio, control, and networking signals all through one simple SC type optical connection. Used with a single DM 8G Fiber Receiver/Room Controller and optional Crestron Control System, the DM-TX-201-S affords a very simple solution for extending a multimedia computer or AV signal to a single display up to 1000 feet (300 m) away. As part of a larger system using a DM-MD series switcher, multiple DM-TX-201-Ss 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-S includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, providing a convenient LAN connection for a local network device.
The DM-TX-201-S 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-S 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-S, 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-S 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-S 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-S provides for easy setup and troubleshooting, verifying the status of connections and signal activity at a glance.
A Digital Upgrade for Legacy Systems
The DM-TX-201-S 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-S allows every RGB, component, S-Video, and composite video input on the MPS to be converted to DigitalMedia. Analog audio is converted similarly through a simple unbalanced stereo audio cable. The DM-TX-201-S'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 Design Guide, Doc. #4789 for additional information.
- DigitalMedia 8G™ transmitter and multimedia interface
- Built-in 2x1 AV switcher
- DM 8G™ Fiber output supports up to 1000 ft cable length
- Low-profile surface-mount design
- Provides HDMI® and RGB/component video inputs
- Also supports DVI and DisplayPort Multimode sources
- Handles HD video with HDCP, and multichannel PCM audio
- Includes mini-TRS stereo audio input
- Provides onboard auto-switching capability
- Includes a local HDMI monitor output
- Includes USB HID device port for connection to a computer
- Provides 10/100 Ethernet connection
- Affords a true one-wire connection to a DM® switcher or receiver
- Detects and reports detailed video and audio input information
- Performs automatic AV signal format management via EDID
- Enables device control via CEC
- Allows quick, easy setup and diagnostics
- Extends the life of analog-based AV systems