Originally Posted by pfmueller
A couple of you mentioned splicing into Cat5. I called up CablesForLess, and they set up a SKU for my custom cables: RJ45 on one end, and two 2.5mm plugs on the other. A second cable with RJ45 on one end, and two 2.5mm jacks on the other. They are wired to match (male and female) on both ends.
I ordered 1 foot cables, and they plug into my hub with no issue, then to a wall jack which then runs about 100' to my rack. That end gets the female set, and a blaster for all my downstairs equipment and a pair of emitters for duplicated equipment (TWC cable boxes).
I got a second set for my upstairs setup, feeding three TV's and audio from a separate hub, placed centrally to ensure radio reception.
The cables make for a super-clean solution, and work great without depending on my (very) limited soldering skills.
Happy to share the SKU, and contact info at CablesForLess. Tom was great about making sure they built exactly what I needed.
It sounds like you have what might be the most elegant/clean solution for extending the range of the Harmony cables. I'm looking at around 60' of extra range to cover, and I will be having some cable run for cat6, hdmi and an IR "blaster" of some sort. Vendor-provided IR cables are all very short, though, including the Harmony one.
Can you please help me make sure I understand your setup and the cable? It looks like the cable receives the male end of the IR blaster and goes into a cat5 jack. I would then have cat5 run to another jack in my closet housing the receiver/AV gear, and then in my closet the second cable you mention with the male end would connect that jack to the plug on the Logitech hub. Is that correct?
As I said above, I'm already having cat6 installed in several rooms, running back to a patch panel in a completely different room. I am guessing I should have your cat5 solution on a separate isolated point to point cable/jack setup, instead of feeding back to that panel.
If my assumptions are correct and you think it'll work, I would love to have that SKU and contact you mentioned in your post. Thanks in advance!