Distributing Video Over Cat5 and Cat7: Things You Need to Know About Video Distribution Through Cat5 or Cat7

When thinking of setting up your home video system, it means that you should know something about distributing video over CAT5 and CAT7 because it is the kind of system that will broadcast optimum performance. It also means that you can now have your source from a distance away from the display device, television or monitor.

There are three (3) general types of video distribution system:
1) Analog or Baseband
2) Internet Protocol
3) Radio Frequency

Any of these types may use coaxial cables, category 5 or more commonly known as CAT5 cables, CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6e or CAT7 cables. What are the differences between them?

1) CAT-5 distributes video up to 100M.
2) CAT-5e 350M.
3) CAT-6 and CAT6e distributes video as far as 550M to 1000M
4) CAT-7 is rated from 700M to 1000M.

Viewing Video Over CAT5 or CAT7

Video over CAT5 or CAT7 like those delivered by CATV, data, and telephone are all distributed in similar wiring closets. It delivers videos that may run along a distance of 100M for CAT 5 or even up to 1000M for CAT7. Video over CAT5 or CAT7 all goes out on the same cabling system. The system is channeled in a passive broadband balun that converts any uneven coaxial signal into a balanced signal through the video over CAT5 or CAT7. Even when distributed to different channels simultaneously, it will not slow down the network because the air analog signals do not travel on that similar network, and thus, it does not rely on the bandwidth of the video signals.

Presently, the use of FTP or UTP cables for audio and video needs is prevalent. Instead of using coaxial cables, CAT5 and CAT7 cables are used. Coax are first installed into the hubs and everything else is distributed through the FTP/UTP. Video over CAT7 or CAT5 for that matter are now possible at a limited cost. There is ease in the installation and location change is not a big deal. All one needs to do is connect patch cords from the distribution hub to the patch panel and have a single port converter connected to the television.

Advantages of a Video System Using CAT5 and CAT7

1) Video over CAT5 or CAT7 is cost effective as it eliminates the need for additional coaxial cables.
2) Configuration of video over CAT5 or CAT7 is much easier than having multiple splitter taps, amplifiers and combiners of coax.
3) A high quality signal is maintained as the distribution system of video over CAT5 or video over CAT7 uses active RF video hubs. It makes automatic slope adjustments hence all video channels’ image quality is sustained.
4) The video distribution system of CAT5 or CAT7 can carry out voice and auxiliary signals simultaneously. There are no interferences between the voice and video data.
5) A system with video over CAT5 or CAT7 allows video streaming from the computer and it is made possible through a broadband video system.

Distributing video over CAT5 and CAT7 is made possible through an RF broadband system. It broadcasts CATV, HDTV, internally generated video, video-on-demand services, and satellite videos through twisted pairs of CAT5 or CAT7 cables.

Know the difference of how your video system will work. Systems working with video over CAT5 and systems running video over CAT7 will have their own advantages and disadvantages that you have to evaluate.