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Digital Transition Solutions Guide for Integrators

In need of a smooth way to transition to digital?

Use this guide to skillfully navigate the digital transition with scalable solutions to ensure a smooth migration path from analog to digital.

IT'S HERE. The analog sunset is a global change, and the term itself has become increasingly popular to describe the transition from the audio/video industry's support of analog video, or analog and digital video signals, to only digital video signals. The two key components that apply to what we coin as the digital transition, are the "actual analog sunset"—which specifically refers to Blu-ray disc players and copyright protection, and the computer industry's drive to remove VGA connections from new laptops and PCs.

The transition to digital presents real challenges when new equipment is expected to be used with existing equipment. The key is making the proper technology investment to bridge the gap between analog and digital, while extending the useful life of the current equipment.


What Are You Facing?

The digital transition will expose real pain points that will impact everyone and all businesses alike. Stay ahead of the game and ensure that you're prepared and know what you will be facing—because the digital transition is here.

Connecting New Devices to Old Displays
Seamless point to point connection between devices and displays will occur less frequently during the digital transition as technology refreshes occur in various stages. (Technological advancements and budgets established for technology updates mean that devices and displays will likely have varying connections which are not directly compatible). In most situations, the rate at which sources such as laptops, PCs, DVD or Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles are upgraded occurs more often than that of projectors and displays. The newer devices will output a digital signal to older displays, where the digital signal must be converted to an analog signal.

Connecting Legacy Devices to New Displays
As technology continues to evolve, many will be faced with the reality that the outputs of their source devices may not match the inputs of a new display. Budgets may only allow for an update to certain technology pieces at the present time—so displays could be refreshed before source devices due to cost conscious efforts. Additionally, display failure or the mere need for higher resolution may drive replacement. Even more often, transient users or presenters may bring in older hardware which must be connected to new technology in the room. When the displays are equipped with digital connections, as they all will be moving forward, connecting the existing legacy devices will become increasingly difficult —as the connections on those devices will not match those of newer technology. These situations can make it seem impossible to transmit content from existing laptops, PCs, DVD players, gaming consoles, etc. to newer HDMI-enabled displays, and buying new equipment may seem like the only solution—but it's not.

Connecting New Devices to New Displays
Even in light of the digital transition where all connections will support only digital video signals, connecting new technologies such as a device to a display can still cause some headaches. There are differing digital connections that could be present within the source device and display which would require a cable or adapter to make the connection.

Supporting Legacy Cabling
In installations that take place in retrofit environments, existing infrastructure is present and needs to be considered. Supporting legacy cabling may be the only means to make the application work; however, technology upgrades to source devices and displays may make the install seem impossibleto accommodate.

C2G provides a number of adapters that provide solutions to the challenges faced during the transition from the support of analog or analog and digital signals to only digital signals. Digital devices are available with a variety of input and output connections including HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display, and MHL. Connecting these devices requires the use of an adapter for compatibility.

DisplayPort Adapters and Adapter Cables

These adapters convert a DisplayPort video output signal for viewing on VGA, HDMI, or DVI-equipped displays. The options available accommodate a transition to digital or a fully digital solution with connections for either older or newer displays. Simply connect the adapter directly to the PC, then use a standard video cable between the adapter and the display, and enjoy PC video content on virtually any display. Offered in a dongle, wall plate or cable form factor, adapters are available to meet the needs of most applications. These adapters support up to a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200.

  • Maximum video resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Form factors available: Cable, dongle, wall plate
  • Connection supported: VGA, DVI, HDMI
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to old displays, Connecting new devices to new displays
DisplayPort Adapters and Adapter Cables

Mini DisplayPort Adapters and Adapter Cables

These adapters convert a Mini DisplayPort video output signal for viewing on a DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, or DVI-equipped display. Connect the adapter directly to the PC, then use a standard video cable between the adapter and the display to enjoy PC video content on virtually any display—no matter if the display is an older technology or not. These adapters are available to meet the needs of most applications and support up to a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200.

  • Maximum video resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Form factors available: Cable, dongle
  • Connection supported: VGA, DVI, HDMI
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to old displays, Connecting new devices to new displays
Mini DisplayPort Adapters and Adapter Cables

Micro USB to HDMI® MHL Adapter

Convert a Micro USB B port to an HDMI connection on MHL-enabled devices. It will support up to 1080p video with up to 7.1 channel digital audio, while providing power to the mobile device. With this post digital transition solution, you can watch high definition movies, view photos, play games, and surf the web—while also viewing the content on your TV. A USB power cable must be connected to power the adapter, which will also allow charging of a phone or tablet.

  • Maximum video resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Audio support: Up to 7.1 channel digital audio
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
Micro USB to HDMI<sup>®</sup> MHL Adapter

C2G has the solutions that make the transition from the support of analog connection from an analog device to a digital device or from a digital device to an analog device requires the use of an active conversion device.

HDMI® to VGA Converter

In order to connect newer laptops or computers that output an HDMI signal to older peripherals—such as projectors or monitors that accept a VGA input—the digital HDMI signal must be converted to an analog VGA signal. Without an active conversion process, there are very few devices that are able to output an analog VGA signal from an HDMI output. The HDMI to VGA Converter is an active device which converts a digital HDMI signal to an analog VGA signal. This product is easy to use with no software or drivers required. Simply connect the unit and enjoy high definition content on an analog display. This device is bus-powered from the HDMI port for added convenience and does not require an additional power source. A 3.5mm stereo audio output is also included so that audio can be enjoyed through the display.

  • Maximum input resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Maximum output resolution: 1080p
  • Audio input signal support: Stereo Audio
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to old displays, Support legacy cabling
HDMI<sup>®</sup> to VGA Converter

VGA to HDMI® Converter

The VGA to HDMI Converter is the right solution for connecting a PC to newer monitors or TVs that do not have a VGA input. With an added 3.5mm audio connection, enjoy high definition video and audio. The converter is simple to use with no software or drivers required. Simply connect the converter and begin enjoying PC content on your HDMI-enabled display.

  • Video bandwidth: 1.65Gbps
  • Supported video input resolutions: 640 x 480, 1280 x 768, 720 x 576, 1280 x 960, 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, 1024 x 768, 1360 x 765, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
  • Support output video resolutions: 480i, 720p, 480p, 1080i, 576i, 1080p, 576p
  • Audio frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Operating frequency: 150MHz
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting legacy devices to new displays
VGA to HDMI<sup>®</sup> Converter

USB to Video Adapters

Use an available USB port to expand your computer's video capabilities. This adapter creates a secondary VGA, DVI, or HDMI connection for dual monitor functionality. Quickly and easily connect existing equipment to a VGA, DVI, or HDMI-enabled monitor or projector using your computer's USB port. Simply plug the adapter's USB cable into a computer, and using a video cable, connect the adapter's video output connector to a second monitor. Now you have dual monitor capabilities without buying a new computer or installing an internal video card. Not only is the adapter simple and cost effective, it's also bus-powered so an external power cord is not required. Its compact size makes it portable so you can use it anywhere.

  • Video bandwidth: 1.65Gbps
  • Supported video input resolutions: 640 x 480, 1280 x 768, 720 x 576, 1280 x 960, 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, 1024 x 768, 1360 x 765, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
  • Support output video resolutions: 480i, 720p, 480p, 1080i, 576i, 1080p, 576p
  • Audio frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Operating frequency: 150MHz
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to old displays, Connecting legacy devices to new displays, Connecting new devices to new displays
USB to Video Adapters

Wireless USB

The USB to HDMI, VGA + 3.5mm or VGA Kits provide powerful solutions to stream audio and video to a remote monitor, projector, or television. Engineered to incorporate Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, these kits allow for in-room wireless connectivity up to 30 feet (line of sight) between the computer and display, when cabling is not an option or user mobility throughout the room is desired. Setup is simple and usage is seamless because all required video drivers are embedded in the host adapter. After initial software setup, these devices provide a plug and play experience for users, as well as various options to support analog or digital connections.

  • Maximum resolution: UXGA - 1600 x 1200, WXSGA - 1680 x 1050, 720p (1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1280 x 800) for video playback
  • Operating systems supported: Windows® XP, Vista (32 or 64 bit), Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit), Mac® OSX
  • USB standard: USB 2.0
  • Range (line of sight): 30ft
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to old displays, Connecting legacy devices to new displays, Connecting new devices to new displays
Wireless USB

HDMI® over Coax

Leverage the HDMI over Coax to upgrade installed legacy coaxial cable in present infrastructure to HDMI resolutions. The HDMI over Coax extender solution supports up to a 1080p resolution at a maximum distance of up to 390 feet (120m) over RG6 coax cable. The system will auto adjust feedback, equalization, and amplification—no matter how long the coax cable run. While this product may be used for the extension of a single monitor, it is also ideal for digital signage applications of up to 24 monitors.

  • Video bandwidth: 3.40Ghz
  • Maximum video resolution supported: 1080p
  • HDMI features supported: sRGB, YCbCr, EDID, Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (10 or 12 bit), XvYCC, Dolby & DTS 7.1, Super Audio PCM, CEC, CEC updated list, compatible with HDCP 1.1, 1.2, 2.0
  • Maximum cable length supported: 120m (390ft)
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays, Supports legacy cables
HDMI<sup>®</sup> over Coax

Transform the connectivity provided to customers after the analog sunset and the transition from the support of analog or analog and digital sig-nals to only digital signals. C2G provides the connectivity solutions to support the digital product of the present and future.

HDMI® Combination Wall Plates

Complete an in-wall audio/video installation that has a clean, professional look. These combination wall plates provide the analog connections required today and the digital connections found now, but are essential for the future. They are not only perfect for the transition to digital, but also the transition to in-wall cabling. The HDMI pass through port includes a thin, flexible HDMI pigtail that accommodates the tight bend radius required for installations within a standard junction box. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, this wall plate is designed for durability and a long life.

  • Maximum output resolution: 1080p or 1920 x 1200
  • Form factors: Single Gang, Dual Gang, decorative style
  • Pigtail length: 110mm
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays, Supports legacy cables
HDMI<sup>®</sup> Combination Wall Plates

VGA and HDMI® over Cat5

The VGA and HDMI over Cat5 products allow you to extend VGA, HDMI, Composite Video, or stereo audio signals over a Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6 cable up to 300 or 500 feet without signal degradation at 1920 x1080 or 1920 x1200 resolutions. The transmitter is a dual gang wall plate and the receivers come in either wall plate or box form factors and are interoperable, allowing you to choose the form factors that are best suited for the application. In addition, this solution utilizes TruChoice Power—providing you the flexibility to power at either the transmitter or receiver end. TruPair and HDBaseT technology ensure compatibility with any monitor by supporting EDID communication, which allows the content from the source to be sent at the optimal resolution for the display. Install this combination plate to support analog connections today, and HDMI in the future.

  • Signals supported: HDMI, VGA, Composite Video, Stereo Audio, Serial RS232
  • Maximum resolution: 1080p
  • Maximum extension: 300 or 500ft
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays, Supports legacy cables
VGA and HDMI<sup>®</sup> over Cat5

HDMI® over Cat5

The HDMI over Cat5 products allow you to extend an HDMI or Serial RS232 signal over a Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6 cable up to 300 feet without signal degradation at 1920 x1080 or 1920 x1200 resolutions. The transmitters and receivers come in either wall plate or box form factors and are interoperable, allowing you to choose the form factors that are best suited for the application. In addition, this solution utilizes TruChoice Power—providing you the flexibility to power at either the transmitter or receiver end. HDBaseT technology ensures compatibility with any monitor by supporting EDID communication which allows the content from the source to be sent at the optimal resolution for the display.

  • Signals supported: HDMI, VGA, Composite Video, Stereo Audio, Serial RS232
  • Maximum resolution: 1080p
  • Maximum extension: 300 or 500ft
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays, Supports legacy cables
HDMI<sup>®</sup> over Cat5

High Speed HDMI® Active Optical Cable

The High Speed HDMI AOC extends high definition A/V from source to display in classrooms, conference rooms, healthcare facilities, and houses of worship. Utilizing AOC technology that performs similar to traditional copper cabling, the optical fiber construction between the connectors provides optimum performance and easy installation. The AOC technology delivers several advantages making it a smart choice in select installations. The cable diameter is smaller than copper and more flexible, which makes it easier to install in tight spaces. Constructed from fiber strands, this cable reduces the risk of EMI/RFI so performance is stable when used in typically high interference environments such as data centers, surgical theaters, or manufacturing facilities where high resolution and consistent display are critical.

  • Physical bandwidth: 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per channel)
  • Refresh rate supported: 120Hz at 1080p, 24 bit color depth
  • HDMI features supported: 1080p video resolution, 3D, Deep Color, x.v. Color, Dolby® True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, HDMI-CEC, HDCP
  • Connector pull strength: 10kg
  • Minimum bend radius: 3mm
  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
High Speed HDMI<sup>®</sup> Active Optical Cable

HDMI® Cables

Our HDMI Cables deliver a strong combination of performance and value, and provide a high performance interconnect for Blu-ray players, high definition DVD players, HDTV receivers, TV sets, projectors, A/V receivers, and other HDMI-equipped devices. Enjoy high resolution digital video and true digital audio up to 65 feet (20m), delivered together in one convenient, compact connection. High quality materials and construction ensure a lifetime of dependable performance. These fully-functional, high bandwidth cables are tested to perform at industry standards and are backed by a lifetime warranty.

  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
HDMI<sup>®</sup> Cables

HDMI® Devices

HDMI is today's standard for transmitting uncompressed digital data to many audio/video interfaces such as TVs, computers, and projectors. C2G offers a variety of HDMI-enabled devices including over Cat5 extenders, splitters, and switches to enhance the functionality of an HDMI installation. The over Cat5 extenders provide a solution for long-length HDMI applications. HDMI splitters and switches provide the ability to connect a single HDMI source device to multiple displays, or the ability to connect multi HDMI source devices to a single HDMI port on a display.

  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
HDMI<sup>®</sup> Devices

DisplayPort Cables

DisplayPort is a next-generation technology that delivers high bandwidth, pure digital audio/video signals from your PC to your display. Quality-made from 28AWG copper wire, these cables are designed to deliver sharp, crystal-clear picture and sound, and are fully shielded to protect against EMI/RFI (aluminum-wrapped, with a copper braid shield). Certified to DisplayPort 1.1 standards, our DisplayPort cables support 10.8Gbps, 12bpc (bits per component), 36bpp (bits per pixel), and have a 120Hz refresh rate. C2G's DisplayPort cables are tested to pass DisplayPort 1.2 specifications. DisplayPort 1.2 specifications include higher resolutions and double the bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.1—while using the same DisplayPort connector!

  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
DisplayPort Cables

DisplayPort Devices

The C2G DisplayPort + USB + Audio KVMs are perfect for those who need to use multiple computers and want to eliminate clutter from a desktop. These switches allow you to control and display two or four computers with a single monitor, keyboard, mouse, and set of speakers. Connect the switch to your computers using USB, DisplayPort, and audio cables. Enhance the capabilities of your devices that use a DisplayPort connection.

  • Pain points addressed: Connecting new devices to new displays
DisplayPort Devices

Solutions Matrix

From To    
  VGA HDMI DVI
VGA See VGA Cables 40010 – VGA to HDMI Converter 40010 – VGA to HDMI Converter (with HDMI to DVI Adapter) – Digital Video
See Passive – DVI to VGA Adapters
– Analog Video
HDMI 40714 – HDMI to VGA See HDMI Cables See HDMI to DVI Cables and Adapters
Component 40240 – Component Video to HDMI Converter 40240 – Component Video to HDMI Converter (with HDMI to DVI Adapter)
USB 30545 – USB 2.0 to VGA Adapter 30547 – USB 2.0 to HDMI Adapter 30546 – USB 2.0 to DVI Adapter
DVI 40714 – Active - HDMI to VGA (with DVI to HDMI Adapter) – Digital Video
See Passive DVI to VGA Adapters – Analog Video
See HDMI to DVI Cables and Adapters See DVI Cables
DisplayPort See DisplayPort to VGA Adapters See DisplayPort to HDMI Adapters and Cables See DisplayPort to DVI Adapters and Cables

VGA Cables

1ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50210
3ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50211
6ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50212
10ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50213
12ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50214
15ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50215
25ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50216
35ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50217
50ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50218
75ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50219
100ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50220
125ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50221
150ft VGA Video Cable M/M 50222
1ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50223
3ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50224
6ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50225
10ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50226
15ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50227
25ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50228
35ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50229
50ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50230
75ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50231
100ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50232
150ft VGA + 3.5mm A/V Cable M/M 50234

HDMI Cables

Value Series  
1m High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet (3.28ft) 40303
2m High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet (6.56ft) 40304
3m High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet (9.84ft) 40305
Velocity Rotating  
1m DisplayPort 1.1 M to HD15 VGA M (3.28ft) 40211
2m DisplayPort 1.1 M to HD15 VGA M (6.56ft) 40111
3m DisplayPort 1.1 M to HD15 VGA M (9.84ft) 40217
Pro Series — Plenum  
15ft Plenum HDMI Cable 41190
25ft Plenum HDMI Cable 41191
35ft Plenum HDMI Cable 41192
50ft Plenum HDMI Cable 41193
HDMI AOC (Active Optical Cable)  
15m High Speed HDMI AOC (49.2ft) 41402

HDMI to DVI Cables & Adapters

SonicWave  
0.5m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (1.64ft) 40286
1m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (3.28ft) 40287
2m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (6.56ft) 40288
3m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (9.84ft) 40289
7m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (22.9ft) 40291
10m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (32.8ft) 40292
15m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (49.2ft) 40310
20m HDMI to DVI-D Digital Video Cable (65.6ft) 40293
Adapters  
Velocity DVI-D Female to HDMI Male Adapter 40745
360° Rotating HDMI Male to DVI-D Male Adapter 40930
360° Rotating HDMI Female to DVI-D Male Adapter 40931
360° Rotating HDMI Male to DVI-D Female Adapter 40932

DVI Cables

SonicWave  
2m DVI Digital Video Cable (6.5ft) 40296
3m DVI Digital Video Cable (9.8ft) 40297
7m DVI Digital Video Cable (22.9ft) 40299
10m DVI Digital Video Cable (32.8ft) 40300
20m DVI Digital Video Cable (65.6ft) 40302

DisplayPort to HDMI Adapters & Cables

Wall Plate Adapters  
DisplayPort to HDMI Active Adapter Wall Plate - Aluminum 29442
DisplayPort to HDMI Active Adapter Wall Plate - White 29443
DisplayPort to HDMI Active Adapter Wall Plate - Ivory 29444
DisplayPort to HDMI Active Adapter Wall Plate - Black 29445
Adapters  
DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter 54151

HDMI Mini Adapters & Cables

Velocity Adapter  
HDMI Female to HDMI Mini Male Adapter 40435
Velocity Cables  
1m High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI Cable (3.28ft) 40162
2m High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI Cable (6.56ft) 40163
3m High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI Cable (9.84ft) 40164
Value Series  
1m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Mini Cable (3.28ft) 40306
2m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Mini Cable (6.56ft) 40307
3m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Mini Cable (9.84ft) 40308

Passive DVI to VGA Adapters & Cables

Cables  
1m DVI Male to HD15 VGA Male Video Cable (3.2ft) 26958
2m DVI Male to HD15 VGA Male Video Cable (6.5ft) 26954
3m DVI Male to HD15 VGA Male Video Cable (9.8ft) 26955
5m DVI Male to HD15 VGA Male Video Cable (16.4ft) 25823
Adapters  
DVI Male to HD15 VGA Female Adapter 26956
DVI Female to HD15 VGA Male Adapter 26957

HDMI Micro Cables

1m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Micro Cable (3.2ft) 40309
2m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Micro Cable (6.5ft) 40313
3m High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Micro Cable (9.84ft) 40317

Mini DisplayPort Cables & Extensions

2m Mini DisplayPort 1.1 Cable (6.5ft) 54165
1m Mini DisplayPort 1.1 Extension Cable (3.2ft) 54167
3m Mini DisplayPort 1.1 Extension Cable (9.8ft) 54169

This white paper is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. C2G makes no guarantees, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information found in this document.