LTD Hub - 8 Port w/Rackmount
Television and other services on Cat 5/6 cable - A Great Alternative to Coax
The Lynx Television and Data Network delivers digital and analog television (RF) on pair four of a Cat 5/6 cable.
The other three pairs can deliver other services, including:
- Internet TV
- VoIP phone service
- Streaming video / IPTV
- Data and VoIP
Like the Lynx Television Network, the Lynx Television and Data Network uses RF baluns to deliver television on Cat 5/6 cable. The television signal is delivered on pair four, so the other pairs can be used for other services. RF baluns deliver the television signals on the copper pathway in the network cabling, without using any bandwidth on the network itself. The unit consists of two 8 port hubs mounted side by side. RF signals enter the hub through the two F connectors on the back side. Then each signal is split 8 ways and sent to RF baluns. The resulting “balanced” signals are delivered to the RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub. In addition 100 BaseT Ethernet services enter the back of the hub via the RJ-45 jacks and pass through to the corresponding RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub.
Lynx converters installed at the point of use convert the RF signal back to coaxial form for delivery to the F connector on the back of the television. The other services pass through to the RJ-45 jack on the front of the converter. The converters are available in a decora style wallplate or in a freestanding form factor for external use.
Features and Benefits
Lynx has the following benefits relative to coax:
- Simple - One type of horizontal cabling handles data, voice, and television – compared to two types of cable with coax. A universal infrastructure is cleaner, less expensive, more flexible, and easier to maintain.
- Flexible - Moves, adds, and changes are easy with Lynx. MAC work with coax is extremely time consuming and expensive because you have to pull new cable.
- Reliable - Lynx uses a homerun design with no taps and splitters between the wiring closet and the TV. That eliminates problems with oxidation of the connectors provides better picture quality over time.
- Cost Effective - Lynx and Cat 5e is 16% less expensive than coax. Lynx and Cat 6 is 10% less expensive than coax. Contact Lynx for supporting information.
- Future proof - Lynx sets up a twisted pair infrastructure between the wiring closet and the TV that is available for future technologies like IPTV, when this technology becomes less expensive and uses less bandwidth.
In addition, Lynx features a passive (unpowered) design, which has many benefits relative to active products.
- Simple - Keeping amplifiers and other active components outside of the hub and the converters keeps the design simple, small, and trouble free.
- Reliable - Active products have up to 24 amplifiers in each hub and 24 amplifiers in the related converters (as well as a power supply and fan in each hub). This means there are 50 active components that will eventually fail. Ultimately the expensive hub and all the expensive converters will have to be replaced.
- Cost Effective - The Lynx Television Network is 60% less expensive than active products – even when the price of an external amplifier is included.
Layout drawings showing how the equipment is configured are available in Additional Information Tab.
Alternate port and mounting configurations can be selected from the related products listed below.