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    CAT5 and DS10

    Hi All,

    I'm having all my internal doors replaced in a couple of weeks including the frames etc.....so this gives me a perfect opportunity to add contacts to every one, I currently have DS10's on a few but the transmitters aren't the best looking things and now I don't really want them mounted on the inside of the room.

    So I wondered how far I could extend the wires on one, I can then run CAT5 to all the door frames for the contacts and place all the DS10's in a neat mounting under the stairs out of the way.

    Has anybody extend the wires say 20 meters, I guessing that would be my longest cable run?

    Cheers,
    Lance

    #2
    I don't see it being an issue. Try it now by stringing it across the floor. To make it real world wrap the CAT-5 near some fluorescent bulbs and stuff. Twisted pair is pretty good stuff for low current signaling. It does get a little brittle so don't be too rough stringing it through walls and such. It will be a good set up I think.


    ~Bill

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      #3
      Are you going to use the magnetic contacts on the doors? Since you a putting in new doors you can use hinge switches instead. They are much better.

      Steve Q
      HomeSeer Version: HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.368, Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 - Home, Number of Devices: 373, Number of Events: 666, Enabled Plug-Ins
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        #4
        I know this does not answer your original question but since you have the door frames open.....

        I had CAT 5 put in my door frames and I used 1 pair for a door magnetic reed switch to tell if the door is open or closed and another pair for a magnetic reed switch to tell if the door is locked or not. The lock switch is just a magnetic reed switch in the frame and I drilled a small hole in the Thumb-bolt cylinder and glued in a high power magnet that I purchased at Radio Shack.

        The other side is using Stargate to detect if the switch is open or closed however I am testing out the use of the U421 USB interface in it's place when I phase out of Stargate. Using the Stargate plugin I can detect the open/closed from HS.

        All my doors are wired back to my wiring closet and I guess the longest run is over 100 ft with no issues.

        This works great when I go to bed at night I can tell which doors are locked. With the HSTouch it is even better.

        Great feature to know the door is locked not just open.

        Good Luck.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Steve Q View Post
          Are you going to use the magnetic contacts on the doors? Since you a putting in new doors you can use hinge switches instead. They are much better.

          Steve Q
          Hinge Switches new seen these where from?

          Bill - Unfortunately the carpenter starts on the 23rd and I've only just ordered the DS10s from over the pond so not sure if they will arrive in time to test before I have to run the cable but I think I'm pretty confident just wanted some reassurance really. Thanks
          Lance

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            #6
            I have two gates that are quite a ways from my antenna and the signal was not reliable in cold weather, so I wired magnetic contacts from the gates to DS10s that are located closer to the house. One run is at least 300 feet. I used UV stabilized security wire and the reliability has improved to 100%. I would expect Cat5 to work just as well, but why not use security wire?
            Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
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              #7
              Only reason to use CAT5 is I use it pretty much for everything and I have 300m in my shed!! What do you mean by security wire?
              Lance

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                #8
                Originally posted by lancenorton View Post
                What do you mean by security wire?
                He probably means 4 cond, non-twisted, 22g solid core. It it probably the least expensive if the wires never vibrate or have to move.


                ~Bill

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Bill Brower View Post
                  He probably means 4 cond, non-twisted, 22g solid core. It it probably the least expensive if the wires never vibrate or have to move.
                  Yep. But I've also seen stranded and 2-conductor too. Link
                  Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
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