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Old 12-21-2000, 07:12 PM - Thread Starter
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I've got a boat load of Cat 5 cable left over from my home network wiring and I'm wondering if it's kosher to use it to wire a Xantech IR receiving distribution system. I'm planning on using the VCIR volume control IR receiver combo modules with cable runs of <50ft to the distribution panel.

If it's okay, what's the best way to wire it. I'm guessing with the length of the runs it would be okay to use a single twisted pair set for the +12v/Ground wiring. Should I use a single conductor from separate twisted pairs for the status and signal lines? Will the lack of shielding be an issue? The runs will have speaker wires running in parallel for much of their length.

Any and all suggestions appreciated.

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All we use for IR is Cat 5. Its cheap and can be used for many different applications if the IR is upgraded to a keypad, balanced line driver wire, phone, etc. I would double up if you can.

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Old 12-22-2000, 08:46 PM - Thread Starter
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Thanks David, that's what I wanted to hear. At $50 for a 1000ft roll of Cat 5E it certainly was cheap. I bought 2 spools so I could have different colors for the phone and ethernet wiring, thus the sizable length leftover. Looks like I'll be spending my holiday week pulling cables.

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I can think of nothing more enjoyable.. unless you live in Chicago or Denver.

Cat 5 is VERY popular for IR systems because it can be "upgraded" to a keypad in the future. Doubling up is also a great idea. at $50/1000ft I'd run cat 5 to every switch in the house and 2 runs to each room for ethernet and future "datacasting" services.

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