Shure DIS Cabling Best Practices
Introduction
The Shure DIS conferencing system operates on an isolated network of microphone units, interpretation
stations, and additional conference accessories. Referred to as DCS-LAN (DCS 6000 local area
network), the network transports audio, power, and control data to the components over the same cable:
shielded Cat5e (or higher).
Important: Shielded Cat5e cables are critical to system operation. If you are not using the Shure EC-6001 pre-tested
cables, make sure they meet the cable requirements detailed in this guide.
Microphone units
Central Unit
Audio, power, and control data
Dedicated Network for DIS Components
The DCS-LAN uses shielded Cat5e cable to transport the signal for up to thousands of microphone units and additional
components.
Importance of Correct Cables in Audio Networks
Cable integrity is even more critical in a digital audio network than in a standard data network. While
browsing the internet, network issues might cause a short delay in the page response or prompt the user
to reload the page. In contrast, the audio network has no acceptable delay window: the audio must be
delivered in realtime for transparency.
Shure DIS conferencing equipment achieves signal integrity by using shielded Cat5e, Cat6, or Cat7
cables. The shield carries the DCS-LAN signal, and must be continuous from end-to-end in the chain.
Shielded connectors
Foiled shield
Shielded Cat5e
The shield is critical for operation
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Planning
There are two sections of the DCS-LAN network: the patch cables between the components and the
longer source cable from the equipment closet.
Patch cables between components
Long source cable from the CU rack
Terminate the source cable to a patch panel in the event space. Components connect using short jumper cables.
Source Cable from the CU Rack
The source (feed) cable connects the CU rack in an equipment closet to the components in the event
space. Often this cable is long and built into the infrastructure of the building, either in the walls, ceiling or
floor. A short jumper cable connects the CU to the rack patch panel.
Always terminate the source cable to a shielded female connectors in the patch panels. This cable can
be custom-made to fit the infrastructure, but must meet cable requirements detailed in this guide.
• CU rack to event space (between patch panels)
• Female-to-female cable
• Follow instructions for making a custom source cable
Patch Cables Between Components
Use short patch cables between components and from the patch panel. Shure offers pre-tested cables in
various lengths from 0.5 m to 100 m for these connections.
• Between components, and from the patch panel
• Male-to-male cable
• Use Shure EC 6001 pretested cables for most reliable setup
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Pre-Tested Shure Cables
Shure offers individually-tested cables for Shure conferencing and discussion equipment. The EC 6001
are high-quality, shielded Cat5e cables available various lengths from 0.5 m to 100 m. Made with maleto-male shielded connectors.
Male-to-Male Patch Cables
0.5 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-0.5
1 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-01
2 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-02
3 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-03
5 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-05
10 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-10
20 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-20
30 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-30
50 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-50
100 m black shielded Cat5e U/FTP cable (shielded RJ45) EC 6001-100
EC 6001 Cable Specification
Standard
TIA/EIA-568-B CAT5e
Rating
350 MHz
Category
Shielding
Connector
Gauge
Fire Rating
Delay Skew
Return Loss
3
Cat5e
F/UTP
Shielded RJ45
24 AWG
CMG Rated (General Purpose)
<25 nsec/100 m, maximum
18.9 dB at 100 MHz, minumum

Cable Requirements and Specifications
If you are not using Shure-tested cables to connect DIS components, the cables must meet the following
specifications:
Cat5e Cable Requirements
Type
Cat5e twisted pair (or higher)
Connector
Shielded RJ45
Shielding
Weight
F/UTP or U/FTP
AWG 24
Making your Own Cables
An installer can make the cable that connects the CU rack to a patch panel in the event space. The CU is
typically stored in the IT booth or tech closet apart from the main area. A short jumper cable connects the
CU to the rack patch panel.
Terminate the source cable to a patch panel for the most reliable operation. Then, simply connect the
components using short male-terminated cables.
Shure strongly recommends only making a source cable that terminates in female connectors, most often
in a patch panel or outlet box. Crimping the cable to a female connecter is easier and far more reliable
than attempting to terminate to a male connector.
Tip: Use Shure pre-tested EC 6001 patch cables for short connections for the microphone units from the patch panel.
Follow these guidelines for making your own cable:
Conductor (Core) Type
CAT-5e, CAT-6 and CAT-7 cables come with either solid or stranded copper conductors (cores). Only
use the solid conductor type for structured cables that terminate to a patch panel (female connector).
Connectors
Terminate the cables to shieldedRJ45 female connectors.
1
8
Shielded RJ45 Female Connector
Pin numbers when looking into the connector
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Pin Wiring
How to wire a CAT-5e and CAT-6 Cables using the EIA/TIA 568-B standard:
Pin
Function
Connector #1
Connector #2
1
In-going +
ORG/WHT
ORG/WHT
3
+48V
GRN/WHT
GRN/WHT
2
4
5
6
7
8
In-going 0V
0V
+48V
Outgoing -
Outgoing +
ORG
BLU
BLU/WHT
GRN
BRN/WHT
BRN
ORG
BLU
BLU/WHT
GRN
BRN/WHT
BRN
If other color codes are used then the four pairs are connected as follows:
Pair 2: Pin 1 & 2
Pair 3: Pin 3 & 6
Pair 1: Pin 4 & 5
Pair 4: Pin 7 & 8
The phase of the pairs must be correct and the wiring spec. as stated in Cat5e (EIA 568-B) has to be
followed.
Testing
Test all homemade cables before installation. Use a cable certifier, like the Fluke DSX-5000
CableAnalyzer™ for the most accurate results.
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Installation Best Practices
Follow these guidelines for the most reliable installation.
Continuity of Shielding
Shielding must be consistent through the DCS-LAN chain. Any cable or patch panel used for DIS
components requires shielded RJ45 connectors. All DIS components feature shielded RJ45 female
connectors.
Avoiding Accidental Grounding (Galvanic Isolation)
Avoid accidentally grounding the DCS-LAN signal with the chassis ground of a patch panel. The DCSLAN uses the shield as a signal ground reference and cannot contact another ground anywhere in the
connection.
Space between connectors
Plastic Frame
Avoid Grounding in a Patch Panel
To avoid ground issues:
• Plastic frames in patch panel: this ensures that the female JR45 connectors do not ground to the
chassis of the patch panel.
• Blank space between connectors: leave a space between each female RJ45 connector in a patch
panel.
• Shielding continuity: each component in the chain must be shielded properly.
Note: The female connectors in all DIS components units feature an air gap that isolates the chassis of the connector
and the chassis of the unit preventing any galvanic (physical and thus electrical) connection.
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Properly Securing Cables
As with any cable carrying a signal, use care when installing the equipment.
Bending Rule
Do not sharply bend the cable. Ethernet cables cannot bend more than four-times the diameter of the cable.
Pinching
Do not over-fasten the cable. A pinched cable may not operate correctly.
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Checklist
The DIS line of conferencing and discussion systems operate reliably when installed with the right
equipment. Use this checklist before an installation or when troubleshooting a system.
1.Cables meet the minimum requirements:
•Cat5e or higher specification
•Shielded cables - FTP or STP type
•Shielded connectors
2.Shielding is continuous from end-to-end of the DCS-LAN.
3.Self-made cables terminate to female connectors in a patch panel.
4.Patch panel does not ground the DCS-LAN signal.
•Plastic frame
•Empty space between connectors
5.Cables are properly installed.
•Do not over-bend
•Do not crush the cable
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