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Global Cache Global Connect, GC5 w/ PoE, HDMI Switch, Serial


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Allows Various Devices To Connect Over Your Home Network

The Global Caché Global Connect GC5 with PoE, HDMI Switch, and Serial allows you to connect HDMI and serial devices to a network. This module provides an HDMI switch and RS232 serial port. It uses Ethernet to connect to the Internet and can be powered via PoE. It includes a 5 Slot, 7.5-inch freestanding chassis and power supply.

  • Modular network adapter enables universal control over multiple connection types
  • Configure Module Setting using the Global Connect Online Web Portal
  • Allows HDMI, serial, 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
  • Bi-directional with hardware RTS/CTS flow control
  • Uses TCP port 4999 for communication
  • Can be powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet)
  • Integrated web server for easy configuration

Dual Ethernet Network Module

The Dual Ethernet Network Module has 2 Ethernet ports and a power connector. The module supports Power over Ethernet and network switching. Network switching capabilities allow for daisy-chaining of multiple Global Connect units, or connecting Raspberry Pi software to your network.

HDMI Switch (3 input: 1 output)

This module 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.

RS232 DB9 Connector

This bidirectional module connects RS232 devices to a network and serial devices and includes an easy to use, highly configurable web interface. To access the serial configuration settings, navigate to the Serial Settings page on the unit's configuration pages. Each RS232 interface includes a male DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) DB9 connector.

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
  • RS232 DB9 Connector
  • 5 Slot, 7.5-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 #: GC5/NS/HM/SL

Dual Ethernet Network Module

  • Network Connector: 2 x RJ45
  • Network Speed: 100Mbps, Full Duplex
  • Power Connector: Barrel Jack: 5.5mm x 2.1mm (Center Positive)
  • Power Input: Range: 5V-24V
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability (GCSW-P only): 802.3af Powered Device (PD)
  • Chassis Slots Occupied: 2

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

Serial RS232 Bi-directional

  • Ports: 1 x Male DB9
  • Baud Rate: 300-115200 baud
  • Flow Control: Hardware, None
  • Parity: None, Even, or Odd
  • Data Bits: 8
  • Stop Bits: 1, or 2
  • Certifications: Tested to CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Technical Features:
    • 300 baud to 115.2 Kbaud data rates supported Odd, Even, and None parity settings
    • TCP and HTTP API (Restful)
    • Integrated web server for easy configuration
    • Requires 1 GC Chassis slot
    • Support Available via phone, email, and portal