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  • Data Cable Wire Length, Specs, Substitutions 

    ETC makes the following recommendations for low voltage data transmission in permanently installed lighting systems:

     Protocol Signal     Auxiliary Power    Notes

     Wire Type  Max Length   Wire Type   Voltage   
     DMX Input Belden 9729  1640ft / 500m  NA    Run in series (i.e. daisy-chain) or home-run to ETCNet Gateway
     DMX Output Belden 9729  1640ft / 500m  NA    Home-run to opto-splitter or ETCNet Gateway or consult factory
     GDS Blues  Belden 28082A  747ft / 225m (See Notes)  NA    Distance varies based on supply/wire size
     Unison or SmartLink  Belden 8471 + 1 #14 AWG  Total length of all signal wire not to exceed 1640ft / 500m   2 #16 AWG   42vDC Signal
    (+/- 21v ref. GND);
    24vDC Power
     Reference documentation for whether stations need power in addition to signal
     Echo \ EchoConnect  Belden 8471 + 1 #14 AWG  Total length of all signal wire not to exceed 1640ft / 500m   2 #16 AWG  24vDC Signal;
    24vDC Power
     Reference documentation for whether stations need power in addition to signal
     Network: UTP and ETCNet  Cat5: Belden 1583A;
     Cat6: Belden 2412
    328ft / 100m   NA     Install per EIA/TIA 568B Test per TSB 67 Standards
     Network: Fiber  Belden FI3D006R9  550m for 50μm (OM3) Multimode applications only  NA    Consult factory for application-specific and singlemode applications
               

    Acceptable Cable Substitutions

     Belden 9729 Belden 8471  Belden 1583A 
     Carol C0910A  Alpha 1899C  Cat 5 or Better
     ProPlex PC244T  Belden 5200UE  Comm Scope 5504
     West Penn DA2402   Carol C8661  West Penn 4245
       West Penn 225  
       TMB PCLP1PT  
       TMB PCLP2PT  
       

    Plenum Versions

     Belden 9729   Belden 8471   Belden 1583A 
     Belden 89729   Belden 6200UE   Belden 1585A 
     Belden 82729   Carol C8621   West Penn 254245 
     West Penn DA252402   TMB PCLP1PTP    
     Manhattan M42891   TMB PCLP2PTP   
         


    Other wire substitutions may be acceptable, but must be confirmed by contacting ETC Applications Engineering.