Maximum cable distance for a PTZ camera using Category 5 unshielded twisted pair.

Issue

  1. What is the maximum cable distance for a PTZ camera using Category 5 unshielded twisted pair cable?
  2. Recommended Serial Data Wire Type

Product Line

Pelco Cameras

Environment

  • CAT5/e
  • CAT6/e

Cause

  1. Cable distance for RS422 PTZ control
  2. DATA wire recommendations

Resolution

Pelco Recommends CAT5 or better for all serial data cabling applications.

  • RS422 2-wire data for PTZ control can achieve distances of up to 4000ft using unshielded twisted pair cable CAT5 or better cable.
  • Using Pelco Active UTP transceivers the video signal can achieve distances of up to 3000ft over CAT5 or better cable.
  • CAT5 cable contains four twisted wire pairs.  One pair can be used for the Active UTP video connection and another wire pair can be used for PTZ data. 
  • This will allow a video and PTZ data connection using a single CAT cable up to a maximum distance of 3000ft.

For more detailed information on UTP Page.