DMX 512 Over Category 5 (CAT 5) Ethernet Cable, XLR and RJ45 Connectors
LedShed RJ45 to XLR 3 Adaptors
Our range of RJ45 to XLR3 Adaptors uses 2 pairs of the Cat 5 cable, one twisted pair carries Data + & - , the other pair Ground.
The wiring colour code used matches ESTA`s recommended color code for DMX 512 over Ethernet Cabling and is used by most LED drivers and lighting units using a RJ45 Port for DMX 512.
Allows use of CAT 5 cabling for single universe of DMX .
These are passive adaptors and do not convert DMX to Ethernet.
Yes,Cat 5 Cable is absolutely fine for DMX use and is often used in large installations.
DMX 512 is a very robust protocol based on RS 485 ,tolerant of cable types and will usually work even along microphone cable.
Balanced Mic cable has a characteristic impedance of 60 Ohms , DMX prefers 110 Ohms ,where possible avoid using mic cable for DMX.
Conversely balanced audio will usually be fine over Cat 5 Cable.
AES/EBU Digital Audio cable has a characteristic impedance of 110 Ohms and is also fine for DMX.
CAT 5 cable has characteristic impedance of 110 Ohms making it suitable for DMX use.
- Cat 5 is 8 core as 4 twisted pairs.
- STP is Shielded Twisted Pair usually foil and braid overall screen.
- UTP is Unshielded Twisted Pair and has no screen
- CCA Copper Clad Aluminium , copper plated aluminium conductors , avoid.
Solid Core Cat 5 is typically supplied in a 1000ft 330m Box, suitable for installation or one time temporary use, re use will fracture conductors.
Terminate Solid Core Cat 5 to Punch Down or Crimp on Plugs, soldering solid core Cat 5 is prone to stress failure over time.
Stranded Core Cat 5 is typically supplied as flexible Patch Lead in a wide variety of colours.
Cat 5 Patch Leads are insulated in soft vinyl and do not make good long term temporary DMX cables.
Stranded will solder to connectors.