Cat 5 Connector Questions

peterbogJanuary 24, 2008

Will a normal phone jack still plug into an RJ45? (Ie can I install all RJ45 jacks and have flexibility through a wiring closet to convert as needed from phone to data, vs. having separate dedicated data and dedicated phone outlets throughout the house?)

What do you use to convert CAT 5 wire to - RCA, BNG, etc that are typically found on video/audio equipment?

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Yes, you can use all RJ45 jacks and your phone cord (RJ11) will work fine.

What are you trying to accomplish by converting CAT-5 to RCA or other? Audio/video equipment typically requires a coax type cable (vs twisted pair) unless you use baluns at each end .

    Bookmark   January 25, 2008 at 5:20PM
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tmnjus: Thanks for the information on the RJ45. Re. what am I trying to do with the cat5:

When I wired the house I put in a coaxial cable and a cat5 wire to areas where I thought in the future I may want to install a security camera. As I now look at security cameras, they appear to come with "50 feet of cable provided." Well I don't want to use their cable as it would be impossible to pull it where I need it and I hopefully have the necessary wires in place.

So my question is whether if I cut their cable, can I get (make)whatever required connectors I need to connect it to the installed coax and cat5 wires? (I know I can get the video signal down the coax...will the cat5 carry the power and audio? Longest run is up to 100 feet from the wiring closet.)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 8:39AM
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Why not get ethernet based cameras? If you have the cat5 jacks in the right place, then you're all set.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2008 at 5:19PM
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