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levet
12-05-2017, 07:50 AM
Looking for recommendations on what type of ethernet cable to install for a NDI network.
Cat6 or Cat6a, shielded or unshielded, solid copper or stranded.
I will be using the poe+ for power to cameras.
Thanks, Claude

PIZAZZ
12-05-2017, 08:17 AM
Looking for recommendations on what type of ethernet cable to install for a NDI network.
Cat6 or Cat6a, shielded or unshielded, solid copper or stranded.
I will be using the poe+ for power to cameras.
Thanks, Claude

What lengths are you planning on working with? that is the bigger question.

levet
12-05-2017, 08:45 AM
What lengths are you planning on working with? that is the bigger question.

Thanks, Longest run from camera to switch about 115 feet.

PIZAZZ
12-06-2017, 09:32 AM
Thanks, Longest run from camera to switch about 115 feet.

At those lengths, a good tactical stranded Cat5 will work just fine. Some of our runs we have in the production dept are up to 300' over the same cable with no issues and full gigabit speed.

I would suggest Gepco's or Clark Wire and Cable's tactical Cat5. If you have the ability to use Neutrik Ethercon network connections your cables will last quite a while. Some of our Tactical Cat5 has been around for 8 years or more.
Now these recommendations are for portable setups where solid core wire doesn't last long. IF you are doing a fixed install then the type of cable matters much less. Cat6 solid core is cheaper than Tactical Cat5 in that case.

If you are completely confused and still clear as mud, give me a ring and I will be glad to help you get it sorted out. Welcome to the NDI world!