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  1. Eddiesparks
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    Only had cat5e on my van, I know it is dearer etc than alarm cable, just needed to get it done there and then. 4 twisted pair. Wired 3x pirs, 1x door contact, 1x sounder.

    Will it work ok? I know it is twisted & solid, not stranded & untwisted. In this instance, will I be ok?
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    it will , unless the solid strands snap at the terminals. then again, the crappy alarm cable that's beeing supplied lately, your cat5 is probably better.
     
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  3. Eddiesparks
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    Ok, thanks mate . The fact it's twisted won't affect things?
     
  4. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    nope and if you wanted you could double up most connections
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    i'm twisted and work perfectly.
     
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  6. Eddiesparks
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    Excellent. Thanks for that
     
  7. amlu
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    amlu Electrician's Arms

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    nothing wrong with cat5. is designed to carry high-speed data, will be more than happy with simple on-off signals from sensors at 5v voltage level.
     
  8. 7029 dave
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    7029 dave Forum Mentor

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    That's a bit extravagant OP very posh.:smiley2:
     
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  9. Eddiesparks
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    Haha yeah like I said it was what was on the van at the time. Worth more to me to get it done before the over-zealous builder started laying floors all around me!
     
  10. UNG
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    UNG Forum Mentor

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    Installing an alarm using Cat5 is not a problem it's the future maintenance of that may be the problem

    I noticed a while ago that CCA cable is creeping into the alarm industry and some of it is not very clearly labeled as such

    I just wouldn't use the CCA stuff
     
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  11. Eddiesparks
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    Eddiesparks Regular EF Member

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    Why is that?
     
  12. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    its copper clad ali
     
  13. Eddiesparks
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    Eddiesparks Regular EF Member

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    Cheers man, I meant why is cat 5e not good for future maintenance?
     
  14. UNG
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    UNG Forum Mentor

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    It's a solid core cable so it can be prone to snapping at the termination points if moved during maintenance or fault finding
     
  15. Eddiesparks
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    Eddiesparks Regular EF Member

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    Oh I understand. Yeah I get it of course
     
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