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Connect Common Devices To Your Home Network

The Global Caché Global Connect GC4 with HDMI Switch and an IR Port allows you to connect HDMI and IR devices to a network. This module provides an HDMI switch with 3 inputs and 1 output and 3 emitter IR ports/sensor inputs. It connects to the Internet via Ethernet and includes a 4 Slot, 6-inch freestanding chassis and power supply.

HDMI Switch (3 input: 1 output)

Allows your home electronic devices that connect through HDMI (such as TVs or gaming consoles) to communicate with each other over a network. The HDMI switch module allows for network-controlled switching between 3 different sources at resolutions up to UHD 4K at 60Hz via HDMI cables. This module provides 3 in 1 out HDMI switching functions and allows for switching to any one of the 3 HDMI inputs as well as turning off transmission completely from the HDMI switch. The switch can also detect whether the connected HDMI devices are powered on, off, or are in standby mode.

This module also includes HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) injection capabilities and support for HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) devices. With CEC control many commands typically sent with a physical remote can be performed over a hard-wired HDMI connection.

3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs (3 Emitters/1 Blaster included)

Infrared modules can control any device that utilizes an IR remote. In addition to IR control the IR ports can be configured for Sensor Input. This allows for the use of iTach sensor cables for sensing the presence of voltage, contact closure, or composite video.

IR Emitters:

IR emitters are short-range IR transmitters designed to physically transmit IR signals to a single device while avoiding cross-talk with neighboring devices. Visible IR emitters, such as the emitters included with this module have a range of around 1 inch (2.5 cm). Due to the short range of IR emitters it is important to place the IR emitters directly on top of the IR receiver of the controlled device.

IR Blasters:

IR Blasters are long-range IR transmitters designed to control devices across the room or to control multiple devices that are near each other. The IR blaster included with this module is designed to transmit up to 35 feet (10 meters).

  • Modular network adapter enables universal control over multiple connection types
  • Configure Module Setting using the Global Connect Online Web Portal
  • Allows HDMI and IR devices to connect to a network
  • Network-controlled switching between 3 different sources at resolutions up to UHD 4K at 60Hz
  • Supports HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) devices
  • 3 independent selectable 3.5 stereo jack IR outputs or sensor inputs
  • Built-in IR learning (range 20KHz to 200KHz)
  • Integrated web server for easy configuration

Single Ethernet Network Module

Each Global Connect includes a network module. The network module provides the network connection and power input for the entire unit. Network modules can be powered with any power supply between 5v and 24V DC. All Global Connect units ship with an appropriately rated power supply.

Installation Details

The Global Connect is a freestanding chassis that can placed on your entertainment stand or in your office or server room. Connect Global Connect to your home network via Ethernet.

Global Caché Global Connect uses an online web tool to set up and configure each module installed in the Global Connect chassis. Additionally, Global Caché has a list of partner apps and software that can integrate with their online web tool and even allow for remote control of your connected devices.

To configure the Global Connect, download and run Global Caché's iHelp program. The program will detect the individual IP addresses for each of the modules installed. Select the module you wish to adjust settings for and apply the relevant changes.


  • HDMI Switch
  • 3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs
  • 4 Slot, 6-Inch Freestanding Chassis
  • Manual

IMPORTANT NOTE: Global Caché products are not available to ship outside the U.S. Please contact Global Caché directly for international orders.

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  • Manufacturer Part #: GC4/NE/HM/IR

Single Ethernet Network Module

  • Network Connector: RJ45
  • Network Speed: 100Mbps, Full Duplex
  • Power Connector: Barrel Jack: 5.5mm x 2.1mm (Center Positive)
  • Power Input: Range: 5V-24V

HDMI 3:1 Switch Module

  • Ports: 3 Inputs, 1 Output
  • Data Bandwidth: 18Gbps
  • 4K Resolutions:
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:4:4 8 bit
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:2:2 8 bit|10 bit|12 bit
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:2:0 8 bit|10 bit|12 bit
  • Certifications: Tested to CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Technical Features:
    • Integrated web server for easy configuration
    • CEC injection and CEC snooping
    • HDCP 2.2
    • 3:1 HDMI switching
    • Supports 18Gbps, including UHD 4K 4:4:4@60fps 8bit or 4K 4:2:0@60fps 16bit
    • Network controlled switching
    • HDMI cable from Raspberry Pi to the front panel included
    • Support available via phone, email, and portal

3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs

  • Ports: 3 x IR Outputs/Sensor Inputs
  • Included Cables: 3 x IR Emitters, 1 x IR Blaster
  • IR Output Frequency: 20KHz – 500KHz
  • IR Learner Frequency: 20KHz – 200KHz
  • Chassis Slot Occupied: 2
  • Certifications: Tested to CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Technical Features:
    • Individual IP address for true IoT
    • Integrated web server for easy configuration
    • Downloads iLearn software facilitates capture and playback of IR commands
    • Includes 3 IR emitters and 1 IR blaster
    • LEDs to indicate IR/sensor port activity
    • Requires 1 module slot
    • Blaster support on IR port 3
    • Supports Global Caché' video (IT-SV1), voltage (ITSP1), and contact closure (IT-SC1) sensors
    • Support Available via phone, email, and portal