Updated: Apr 16, 2020
CAT5 cable has become increasingly popular for CCTV installations. It’s easy to install and produces excellent results.
Featuring quality copper cores, it can often outperform standard computer CAT5 producing a better quality picture over longer distances.
To make the cable suitable for most installations, it is available with either a black or white outer sheath so it looks right on either white or dark skirting boards or building fascias.
☑️ Using CAT5 cable in CCTV
Most use of CAT5 cable in CCTV installations involves using equipment called baluns, however, it is possible to use CAT5 without a balun on short cable runs although using a balun will always produce superior results.
If you are not using a balun and wish to experiment using CAT5 to send power to a camera and use other cores in the cable to bring a video and audio signal back along the CAT5e cable please study and use the following diagram.
"Please note the above diagram and all these notes are a “courtesy” additional information on baluns and CAT5 cable. Please refrain from contacting our technical staff regarding about “theoretical” matters not covered by our actual balun instructions."