Originally Posted by jeremytodd1
I don't get how Cat 5 works... I'm new to all wiring stuff too...
It's the Swiss Army Knife of wire... Perhaps the Chuck Norris of wire...
I'd have to splice (or whatever it's called) the right ends to use cat 5 with the ir repeater, right?
The Hot Link system linked by Brad has RJ45 connectors on it, so no, just patch cables...
How do you use Cat 5 to do wiring? I see a lot of posts on this site that use SO much Cat5 when I can only think to use it for like 2 things tops... Networking to my PS3 and my HTPC. Other than that I can think of no other uses for Cat5 cable. Am I missing something?
Yes, you're missing something.
Cat5 is commonly called "Ethernet cable", but it can be used for a wide variety of non-networking uses, especially in the A/V distribution area. There are a mountain of products that utilize Cat5 cables in ways different from Ethernet - and don't connect to your Ethernet network.
Why Cat5? Because it's everywhere, and its inexpensive if it's not.
So in the case of the Hot Link, an "unused" cat5 cable already in the wall could be used to carry the IR signal from the receiver module to the emitter module. (Doesn't go through Ethernet switches or anything else)
Hope that makes sense,