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Author Topic: What sort of network cable to buy  (Read 4315 times)

Mac Kerr

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Re: What sort of network cable to buy
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2018, 02:15:49 pm »

I asked in another thread whether anyone has had any problems using these for unbalanced signals like COM. Dave Ratt seems to think it's not a problem, but I'll bet that he was using CAT6a (individually shielded pairs)...

Even individually shielded pairs within a CAT6a only have the metal shell of the connector to connect the shield to. They are all going to be tied together in any case.

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Re: What sort of network cable to buy
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2018, 02:59:06 pm »

How does that relate to running 4 network cables between backstage and FOH?

Andrew's question is specifically about 4 CAT5 runs, not 4 audio pairs in 1 CAT5 cable.

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My bad. I read it as 4 analog lines to/from FOH on 4 separate lines.

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If you were in my boat, would you prefer a single 4ch snake or 4 cables taped together?
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Re: What sort of network cable to buy
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2018, 02:18:49 am »

Rat is selling a SuperCat Cable that can be terminated to 4 XLR/DMX/whatevers and used as a 4 ch snake OR as ethernet. . .

http://www.ratsoundsales.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=soundtools-supercatsound


Even individually shielded pairs within a CAT6a only have the metal shell of the connector to connect the shield to. They are all going to be tied together in any case.

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Re: What sort of network cable to buy
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2018, 10:05:58 am »

Rat is selling a SuperCat Cable that can be terminated to 4 XLR/DMX/whatevers and used as a 4 ch snake OR as ethernet. . .

if you terminate the cable with an EtherCon and use their breakout boxes to get to 4 XLR you will still have a shared ground and shield as I said in my previous post. An EtherCon connector has 8 connections for signal, plus the shell for the common shield/ground connection.

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Re: What sort of network cable to buy
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2018, 12:39:54 am »

I have not had good experience with the Elite Core product. Something about the shields not being terminated in the connector.

I just bought some of their CAT5e for linking an A&H IP8 to a DM32 and it's not what it was 2 years ago.  Last time I bought from them the cable was DuraCAT with Neutrik shells - this isn't either.  Is stranded DuraCAT still one of the better choices for heavy duty Ethernet?         
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