Q: What is the recommended cable for HDBaseT?
A: Although HDBaseT can operate over a Category 5e cable, a shielded Category 6 cable is recommended. Due to the larger copper conductor of the Category 6 cable (23 AWG), the Category 6 is inherently better for longer distances and higher watt devices. And since up to 100 watts can be accommodated, a larger conductor cable is recommended. A shield is also recommended since HDBaseT cables, like Ethernet cables, are susceptible to RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) and EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) which can be found in many facilities and is caused by devices like motors and light fixtures. Close proximity to electrical wiring can also have a detrimental impact on the cables performance. A shield helps block the cable core from these outside influences and thus ensure optimum cable performance.