NAV E 501 New

1G Pro AV over IP Encoder - HDMI, Ethernet, and USB
Key Features
  • Encodes and streams video, audio, Ethernet, and USB signals over 1 Gbps Ethernet networks
  • Supports HDMI 2.0 at resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4
  • PURE3® Codec
  • PURE3 Intelligent Selective Streaming
  • Interoperable with 10 Gbps NAV® endpoints
  • Ultra-low latency with high quality video
The Extron NAV E 501
Model Version Description Part #
NAV E 501 1G HDMI, Ethernet, USB Encoder 60-1525-01

The NAV E 501 is a Pro AV over IP encoder that streams ultra-low latency, high quality video, audio, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 signals over 1 Gbps Ethernet networks at low bitrates. Using Extron’s patented PURE3® codec, it delivers groundbreaking performance with high quality video at resolutions up to 4K @ 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and ultra-low latency. The NAV E 501 is fully compatible with NAV® 10 Gbps endpoints, increasing scalability for large deployments. Support for analog audio, embedded digital HDMI audio, and AES67 audio over IP facilitate flexible integration with DMP Plus DSPs or other IP-enabled audio components. Purpose-built to support demanding professional AV applications, the highly scalable and powerful NAV platform enables secure deployment of AV signals to thousands of endpoints.

PURE3 Codec with Intelligent Selective Streaming

The NAV E 501 utilizes the Extron PURE3 codec, a unique wavelet-based compression technology that exceeds the performance characteristics found in standards-based compression systems. With virtually no latency, encoded video signals are processed with 4:4:4 color quantization, while maintaining original source quality and native resolution. PURE3 Intelligent Selective Streaming, or ISS, is an exclusive Extron streaming technology that leverages periods of low motion streamed content to enhance streaming performance. The PURE3 codec also features advanced error concealment, providing high immunity to network errors such as bit errors, jitter, and out-of-order or dropped data packets. PURE3 error concealment provides robust picture delivery without the increased latency or bandwidth typically introduced by forward error correction – FEC systems.

1 Gbps Ethernet

Designed for 1 Gbps Ethernet networks, the NAV E 501 streams high quality video and audio, delivering an accurate reproduction of original source content. By using standard 1000Base-T 1 Gbps copper Ethernet infrastructure, the NAV E 501 facilitates flexible system design and cost-effective streaming over large distances. The NAV E 501 can be remotely powered with PoE powering over a PoE-compliant network switch or PoE injector, eliminating the need for external power supplies. Ideal for corporate video distribution, command and control, education, or training applications, the NAV E 501 is a perfect solution for any installation where reliable, high quality AV over IP video distribution is desired.

USB 2.0 Extension

With built-in USB 2.0 extension, the NAV E 501 can remotely connect to peripheral USB-enabled devices over the same cable as video and audio. The USB Type‑C connector supports USB 2.0 devices with data rates of up to 480 Mbps and is compatible with USB 3.0 devices that can operate at USB 2.0 data rates. Peripheral emulation is also supported, enabling emulation of connected HID – Human Interface Devices, such as keyboard and mouse, ensuring fast switching and trouble-free remote computer boot-up. The NAV E 501 supports all standard USB peripherals used in professional AV applications, such as keyboards, mice, and mass storage devices, making it ideal for use in KVM applications.

Ethernet LAN Expansion

The NAV E 501 provides a LAN expansion port via a 1 Gbps (10/100/1000) copper, RJ-45, Ethernet interface. This enables Ethernet-enabled devices to connect to the LAN over the same cable as the NAV video, audio, and USB signals. This convenience port facilitates remote LAN connectivity and control of attached IP-enabled displays, smart TVs, cameras, or other Ethernet-enabled devices.

HDCP 2.3

The NAV E 501 is fully compliant with HDCP 2.3 for transmission of UHD content encrypted with the HDCP standard. It also features Extron Key Minder® to enhance and simplify the integration of HDMI-equipped devices. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption to support quick and reliable transmission across a network infrastructure. If HDCP-encrypted content is streamed to a non-compliant display, the receiver sends a full-screen green signal, providing immediate visual feedback that the protected content cannot be viewed on the display.

Interoperability with AES67

The NAV platform supports the AES67 standard for transmission of audio over IP networks, facilitating integration with DMP Plus DSPs or other IP-enabled audio components. The AES67 standard provides interoperability between the predominant network audio over IP protocols in use today. The use of this standard enables AV integrators to more easily add audio networking technology into a variety of applications, ensuring reliable performance and flexibility in the distribution of audio signals.

Quick and Reliable Switching

NAV systems are not limited to video extension and distribution. Multiple encoders and decoders can be deployed together to create an IP-based video and audio matrix. NAV Pro AV over IP solutions provide the flexibility of an IP-based system, with the integration-friendly video and audio switching features found in Extron conventional matrix switchers, such as Key Minder, EDID Minder®, and USB and audio breakaway. Design a small IP-based switching system with multiple endpoints and an Extron Pro Series control system for secure switching. In larger deployments, the NAVigator System Manager can enhance matrix switching capabilities, featuring advanced control and enterprise-level system monitoring.

Priority Routing enables users to create custom tags to ensure that data is properly segregated, and endpoints are more easily located. Users can assign multiple tags to an endpoint using NAVigator software. Used in conjunction with an Extron control system, tags can be leveraged to classify, segregate, or quickly locate endpoints. Priority Routing is useful in systems with multiple security classification levels or in applications that manage many rooms over an enterprise or campus.

Easy Setup and Configuration

The NAV E 501 features a built-in, user-friendly web interface for easy access to network settings, bitrate adjustments, and other parameters from a standard web browser. In addition to the web interface, the NAV E 501 supports configuration from Extron PCS – Product Configuration Software. Larger deployments will benefit from the optional NAVigator System Manager, a powerful, purpose-built appliance for centralized management and control of NAV systems.

System Monitoring and Control

The optional NAVigator System Manager turns any NAV system into a powerful and flexible IP-based matrix solution. NAVigator is a purpose-built hardware appliance with a user-friendly interface for centralized management and control of NAV deployments. It facilitates easy setup, configuration, and quick switching, and includes extensive features for monitoring, diagnostics, and troubleshooting. NAVigator also facilitates bulk firmware upgrades and simultaneous configuration, backup, and restoration of multiple units from a single access point. In addition, NAVigator is designed to integrate directly with Extron Pro Series control systems, which feature a Secure Platform Interface that encrypts all commands from control processor to endpoint.


All NAV endpoints support 802.1X port-based Network Access Control. When applied, 802.1X authentication requires that all devices are approved before network access is granted. Video and data streams are also encrypted with SRTP - Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol. NAV systems work natively with Extron Pro Series control systems, which feature a Secure Platform Interface that encrypts all commands from control processor to endpoint. Together, NAV and Extron Pro Series control systems create the most secure and reliable Pro AV over IP solution on the market. Furthermore, when used with the optional NAVigator System Manager, all communication between the manager and endpoints is encrypted with SSH – Secure Shell protocol. The highly secure nature of the NAV E 501 ensures peace of mind for any modern Pro AV application running over a network.

Pro Series Control

All NAV endpoints have a built-in Pro Series control port for RS‑232 and IR, effectively expanding Extron Pro Series control systems beyond the physical location of the control processor. This unique Extron feature eliminates the need for additional control processors at the endpoints. NAV Pro Series control ensures cost-effective, encrypted control of devices anywhere the network can reach. NAV is an ideal solution for any application requiring device control, flexible video and audio switching, and reliable transmission of high-quality content over long distances.


The NAV platform is the only solution featuring seamless, complete interoperability between 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps encoders and decoders. NAV leverages the PURE3 codec, making it possible to stream video from 1 Gbps encoders to 10 Gbps decoders or reduce bitrates from 10 Gbps encoders so that streams can be readily decoded by 1 Gbps decoders. This flexibility ensures reliable delivery of superior quality video with ultra-low latency across your entire enterprise.


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NAV E 501
   Frame rate2 24, 25, 30, 50, or 60 fps
   Chroma sampling2 4:4:4, 4:2:2, or 4:2:0
   Color bit depth2 8, or 10 bits per color
   Signal type DVI v 1.0, HDMI v1.4 and v2.0, HDCP v1.4 and v2.3
   Max. video data rate 18 Gbps (6 Gbps per color)
    NOTE     14096 x 2160 @ 50-60 Hz is available only for HDMI connectors.
    NOTE     2Subject to the maximum data rate limit. Use our calculator at to determine video parameters supported by this data rate.
Video input and loop through
    NOTE     *Appropriate DVI-D to HDMI or DisplayPort to HDMI cables or adapters are required for DVI or DisplayPort signal input.
   Number/signal type 1 digital HDMI video (input)*
1 digital HDMI video (loop through)
   Connectors 2 female HDMI type A: 1 for input, 1 for loop through
   Resolution range Up to 4K (4096x2160 at 60 Hz) and UHD (3840x2160 at 60 Hz)
   Standards DVI v1.0, HDMI v1.4 and v2.0, HDCP v1.4/v2.3
Video processing
   Digital sampling 8 or 10 bits per color; 600 MHz pixel clock maximum
   Compression PURE3®
   Bit rate 150 Mbps to 900 Mbps
   Latency <1 frame (encode/decode)**
    NOTE     **Indicates minimum latency. Network and video processing dependencies apply.
Video output stream
   Number/signal type 1 PURE3 digital video over IP
   Connector 1 RJ-45 connector
   Gain Analog to analog: -6.5 dBu balanced, -12.5 dBu unbalanced
HDMI to analog: -5.3 dBu blanced, -11.3 unbalanced
   Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB
   THD + Noise <0.1% @ 20 Hz to 20 kHz at nominal level
   S/N Analog to digital: >90 dB, at full scale output, unweighted
Digital to analog: >90 dB, at maximum balanced output, unweighted
Analog to analog: >90 dB, at maximum balanced output, unweighted
   Crosstalk <-80 dB @ 1 kHz, fully loaded
   Stereo channel separation >80 dB @ 1 kHz
   Sampling rates 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
   Bit depths 16, 20, 24 bit
Audio input
   Number/signal type 1 analog stereo, unbalanced or balanced
1 digital stereo, de-embedded from HDMI
   Connectors (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole
1 female HDMI type A (shared with video input)
   Supported formats LPCM (2 channel), analog stereo audio
   Impedance >10k ohms unbalanced, >20k ohms balanced
   Nominal level +4 dBu, -10 dBV configurable
   Maximum level +21 dBu balanced, +15 dBu unbalanced
   Gain adjustment range Adjustable, -18 dB to +10 dB
    NOTE     0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms, 0 dBV = 1 Vrms, 0 dBV ≈ 2 dBu
Audio output stream
   Number/signal type 1 audio over IP LPCM
1 audio over IP AES67*
   Connector 1 RJ-45 connector
    NOTE     *AES67 specifications are compatible with the Extron DSPs.
Network interconnection (NAV)
   Connector type 1 RJ-45 female
   Ethernet standards 1GbE (802.3ab), 10/100/1000 Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
   Termination Auto-MDIX, TIA/EIA T568B
   Power over Ethernet (PoE) Complies with 802.3at (PoE+), class 4 (type 2)
      Streaming SRTP (AES-128) on video, audio, and USB
      Transport Multicast UDP
      All supported DHCP, HTTPS, IGMPv2/v3, IPv4, PTPv2, QoS, SSH, TCP, UDP
   Security AES-256, 802.1X, Active Directory authentication
   Signal transmission distance 330' (100 m) using CAT 5e/6/6a/7 cables
Network extension (EXT)
   Connector 1 RJ-45 female
   Ethernet standards 1Gbe, (802,3ab), 10/100/1000 Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
   Termination Auto-MDIX, TIA/EIA T568B
   Signal transmission distance 330' (100 m) using CAT-5e/6/6a/7 cables
USB extension (USB)
   Quantity/type 1 USB type-C port
   Power 200 mA (max)
   Configuration Host (default) or device
   Host support xHCI (USB 3.0), EHCI (USB 2.0), OHCI/UHCI (USB 1.1)
   Data rates Low speed (1.5 Mbps), full speed (12 Mbps), high speed (480 Mbps)
   Traffic types Bulk, control, interrupt, and isochronous
   Device usage Min: 0 (host/per emulation off)
Max: 2 (all emulation on)
    NOTE     Hub usage is dependent on the system configuration.
   Network switch hops 5 hops (typical)
    NOTE     Network switch hop limitations may apply. Typical limit is up to five network switches.
Communications - external devices
      Quantity/type 1 bidirectional RS-232
      Connector (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole (shared with IR port)
      Baud rate and protocol 300 to 115200 baud (9600 baud = default)
8 (default) or 7 data bits
1 (default) or 2 stop bits
no parity (default), even or odd parity
      Pin configuration Tx, Rx, and Gnd
   IR control 
      Quantity/type 1 TTL level (0 to 5 V) infrared (carrier and non-carrier) up to 300 kHz
      Connector (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5-pole (shared with RS-232)
      Pin configuration S = signal and G = Gnd
      IR output carrier frequency 30 kHz to 300 kHz
   Contact closure 
      Quantity/type 1 contact closure input
      Connector (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 2 pole (shared with tally)
      Input voltage range 0 to 5 VDC, clamped at +5.1 VDC
      Pin configuration C = contact input (+5 VDC) (Ground is supplied by HDMI connector on an Extron Show-Me cable)
   Tally port 
      Quantity/type 1 tally output
      Connector (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 2 pole (shared with contact closure)
      Pin configuration T = tally output (GND) (+5 VDC is supplied by HDMI connector on an Extron Show-Me® cable)
   USB configuration port 
      Quantity/type 1 front panel USB mini-B
      Standard Ethernet over USB
   Power supply External
Input: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Output: 12 VDC, 2.0 A, 24 watts
       NOTE     Each 1G endpoint can be powered either locally by an external power supply or remotely using optional PoE+.
   Power consumption 
      Device TBD watts
      Device and power supply TBD watts
      PoE TBD watts
   Temperature/humidity Storage: -40 to +158 °F (-40 to +70 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Operating: +32 to +104 °F (0 to +40 °C) / 10% to 85%, noncondensing
   Cooling Fan, air flows from top to rear
   Thermal dissipation 
      Device 71.7 BTU/hr
      Device and power supply 81.9 BTU/hr
      Device with PoE 77.8 BTU/hr
      Rack mount Yes, with optional rack shelf
      Furniture mount Yes, with optional under desk mounting kit
   Enclosure type Metal
   Enclosure 1.00" H x 8.75" W x 6.00" D* (half rack wide)
(25 mm H x 222 mm W x 152 mm D*)
(Depth excludes connectors)
   Product weight 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg)
   Regulatory compliance CE, c-UL UL,C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, KC, VCCI,
Complies with the appropriate requirements of RoHS, WEEE
   Product warranty 3 years parts and labor
   Everlast power supply warranty 7 years parts and labor
    NOTE     All nominal levels are at ±10%.
    NOTE     Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Shipping Dimensions and Weights
    Part # Height Width Depth Weight
    60-1525-01 4.5" (11.4 cm) 11.0" (27.9 cm) 9.5" (24.1 cm) 3.73 lbs (1.69 kg)

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