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Sewell Direct Ibis - 2x1 or 1x2 HDMI Bi-Directional Switch with HDCP Passthrough, 3D and 1080p Support

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  • No external power required
  • LEDs indicate port usage and Supports full 1080P resolutions
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  • Simple switching features and HDCP Passthrough
  • Full HDMI 1.3 compliant
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Technical Details

Style: 2x1 or 1x2 Port
  • Brand Name: Sewell Direct
  • Model Number: SW-8876

Product Description

Style: 2x1 or 1x2 Port

Sewell Direct SW-8876 Ibis - 2x1 or 1x2 HDMI Bi-Directional Switch with HDCP Passthrough

Have a setup where you need to connect two high-definition HDMI sources like a Blu-Ray player or PS3 to a single HDMI display like your big screen LCD? Or, do you want to switch your single high definition video source easily between two displays? This HDMI bi-directional switch will work for you.

Bidirectionality

One huge benefit that the Ibis has over other switches on the market is that it can be used with two sources and one display- a PS4 and a Blu-Ray player for instance. Additionally, it can be used with one source and two displays- you can send the signal from your Blu-Ray player to an HDTV and a projector.

HDCP Passthrough

The switch supports full HDCP passthrough, so you don't need to worry about data encryption. Plus, a simple LED system lets you know which source or display you'd like to switch to. A simple push-button design lets you easily move from one to the other and back. Plus, it's about the most affordable 1x2 switch on the market, even without it's bi-directional capabilities.

Ibis is easy to hook up

All you need is three HDMI cables and you're set.


Features
  • No external power required
  • LEDs indicate port usage
  • Simple switching features
  • Plug and Play
  • Supports full 1080P resolutions
  • HDCP passthrough
  • Full HDMI 1.3 compliant

Product Details

Style: 2x1 or 1x2 Port
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00629NHW6
  • Item model number: SW-8876
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2011

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: 2x1 or 1x2 Port Verified Purchase
When we received our Roku for Christmas we were so excited until we discovered we only had one HDMI port, already occupied by our DVR. Some Internet research led me to the bidirectional switch which definitely solved our problem. It works like a charm...easy to install. It does need it's own HDMI cable...order when you purchase the switch. A good buy...I strongly recommend.
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I use this to switch my computer from displaying on my 22" desktop or my 55" television. Just one push of the button and I'm streaming all web content onto my television. Great device!
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***UPDATE*** This worked really well for a couple of weeks, then started showing interference in the outgoing feed. When I removed the switch and connected directly to the TV, it worked fine, so it was definitely the switch. After a couple more days, it stopped sending a signal at all. Seems like it is not well made, as I have seen others with the same problem...left 2 stars for how well it worked the first couple of weeks...

***OLD REVIEW***
If you are looking for a splitter to switch your HDMI signal between two devices, you can't do better than this Sewell box.
I have a home theater projector that I use a few times a week for sports and movies and was concerned that frequently plugging and unplugging the HDMI cable from my TV would damage the HDMI port. While there were powered options that would output to both displays simultaneously, I was looking for a non-powered switch - the back of my home theater setup already looks like the snake pit from Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I did not want something else to plug in. This device has idiot-proof setup and is extremely easy to use. It renders the signal at the same quality as a direct connect from my AV receiver to the TV/Projector does.

Please note:
1. This will SWITCH a HDMI output signal between two devices. It WILL NOT display the signal to both devices simultaneously. IF you want to display a single HDMI output to multiple devices simultaneously, you will need a powered box to amplify the signal.

2. I have only used this to switch an HDMI output signal between two devices. This is a bidirectional switch, so you can also use it to connect two HDMI outputs to a single display or other device. I have not tested this functionality, but would guess that it works just as well the other way.
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I currently have four of these in service ensuring I can use both my XBox and computer on either my TV or a projector. I am using them for both 1x2 and 2x1 depending on where they are, and they work great. They feel pretty well made too, the case is steel I think and they have some heft to them. It's a mechanical switch, which feels a little old school for the times, but on the other hand should this start to act up you could probably pull it apart and fix it pretty easily. I approve.

My longest connection spans 43' over four cables, two of these switches, and a powered splitter (my projector lacks audio out and has the sound quality of a cell phone from 1987). As far as I can tell, there's little to no noise, distortion, etc. but when I watch Netflix via XBox and it goes in to 'movie mode' or whatever, I get artifacts, but if anything it just makes it seem that much more theater-like! The menu screens are fine, and when I use my computer on the projector it also is fine. And to be fair, that could just be because of the aforementioned 43' of cable, the splitter that was so cheap it didn't have a brand; or both. Too many variables to pin it on one thing..

Just be prepared though - they have blue LED's as indicator lights. They are SUPER BRIGHT! As in, concerned I may have damaged my eyes, it physically hurt, bright. As in, I can still see light coming through the electrical tape I put over them bright. B-R-I-G-H-T. Warnings aside, covering them with masking tape leaves them visible in daylight. Covering with electrical tape lets just enough light through to see in low light conditions, which is perfect for something like a movie room where it's nice to see but you don't want it lighting up a corner of the room. Actually I bet one of these could light an entire room. BRIGHT.
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As the title says, I'm connecting two computers via HDMI to a single monitor that only has one HDMI input. This little switch works great - and by little, I really mean that. I didn't realize how small it was until it arrived.

As at least one other person noted, the blue LEDs on this thing are bright. Very bright. I was able to reduce it enough for my tastes by putting eight layers of blue painters tape over the top of each one (and they are still easily visible). A very easy fix, so no big deal, but I don't know why they had to be that bright to begin with.

So, I recommend it. My only suggestion to you is to consider the orientation of the input and outputs. IMO, this isn't a convenient form factor to place on a desk or in an entertainment center. I like the boxes with the inputs/outputs on the back and the selector buttons on the front. However, those didn't get as good of reviews, so I picked this one. It works perfectly for me because I have it on the floor in my office and push the button with my foot, but I wouldn't want it in my main living room system. Also, there is no remote control for this like you can get with some other switches.

UPDATE: I purchased their newer 3x1 switch for my parents in December 2014, and they say that it works great. They aren't overly tech savvy, but the switch is very simple to set up and use. I really like the new form factor of the 3x1 that addresses the orientation of the inputs/outputs that I mentioned in my original review. Based on my positive experience with the 2x1, and my parents' positive experience with the 3x1, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these switches if they have the features that you want.
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