New CAT5E Stageboxes And Multicore Branded CatKit
12 January 2012
(UK) Canford’s newly launched Cat5e Stage boxes and multicore cables have been branded the CatKit range.
The devices feature 4 or 8 way, Cat 5 connectivity with the CAT5E Multicore cable also available in 4 or 8 way versions and come in multiple standard lengths with custom lengths made to order. Also launched were Fibre Optic breakout boxes. Both types are intended for applications where a tough resilient solution is required.
The new CatKit range is intended for multiple uses in the live production, touring and outside broadcast environments. The first pre production versions were successfully deployed at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and at the ‘mud bath’ that was the 2011 Glastonbury Festival.
Canford’s new breakout boxes have a rugged steel construction and are designed to withstand the rigours of a touring production. All feature metal end plates and bottom skid bars for added protection and employ tough Neutrik etherCON connectors. This means the whole cable run right up to the operator is of the most robust construction possible but still permits the use of standard RJ45 patchcords for that last metre or so into the laptop or other device.
The Optical fibre boxes use the same rugged construction as the CAT5 units. The end connection is an opticalCON Quad connector and can be custom made by Canford with any combination of ST, LC, SC or opticalCON DUO connectors.
To further aid in easy roll out of Cat 5 cable, Canford have designed 4 and 8 way multicore Ethernet cables which are available terminated with the stage boxes or ‘stand alone’. The Cat5e multicore cables come as standard in 25m, 50m and 75m lengths. Canford are also offering a custom build service where customers can specify the lengths of the cables and tails.
The multicore Ethernet cables employ Canford’s reduced size CAT5E-F-M, designed specifically for installations where a high quality but very flexible screened Category 5E cable is required. The core construction and jacket material is identical to CAT5E-F; the difference is only in the jacket thickness. The individual cables are collected within a tough outer sleeve enabling their uses in deployable applications. Each cable is individually numbered to aid termination.
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