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Old 27th March 2013
Gear Head

How to wire a passive 4 channel Cat5 XLR Snake

I've heard it's possible to use standard Cat5 to create a passive 4 channel xlr snake (8 wires in cat5, just not using the ground in each xlr) Can someone explain how to do this and what equipment I'll need? I'm not sure what kind of Cat5 to use (ie shielded? unshielded? ) and have never terminated Cat5 ends before.

I understand the risk in voiding the ground, and this snake would also not be able to carry phantom, but in my situation it would help out greatly and be very cost effective.

If anyone can provide any pin out diagrams or suggestions on how to go about doing this, it'd be greatly appreciated.