Coaxial Cable Solutions Guide - General Cable - Digi

ELECTRONICS PRODUCT BULLETIN
Coaxial Cable
Solutions Guide
General Cable offers a complete line of Carol® Brand and Helix-HiTemp™
Coaxial Cables for today’s sophisticated high-speed, wide-bandwidth
electronics products that run over long distances with minimal signal
loss or degradation.
General Cable has the right coaxial cable to serve every application,
including:
• CATV/MATV/DBS
• HDTV/SDI
• CCTV
The General Cable Coaxial Cable Solutions Guide is a quick-reference
tool to make it easier to specify and sell the right cable for the required
application—residential, commercial, entertainment and security.
Whatever the application calls for, we have a coaxial cable that delivers
the performance your customers need.
CATV/MATV/DBS
Broadband signal, 5MHz–3GHz, VHF/UHF, is traditionally transmitted as an analog signal received directly off air (MATV) or delivered as a community access
television (CATV) service and uses a 75 Ohm system.
Recommended Coaxial Cable Construction: Copper clad steel (CCS) conductor with a foam polyethylene or Teflon* core, an aluminum/Mylar* foil, a
minimum of 60% braid, which is typically aluminum (AL) for this application, and a PVC jacket.
For home use, a CM rated coax should be used. A commercial application may require a National Electrical Code (NEC 800 or 725) Riser (CMR) or Plenum (CMP) rated
cable. Economical cable solutions use low smoke PVC (75˚C) jackets. Teflon* (FEP) and other fluoropolymer materials (150˚C) may be used to provide a more durable
and higher temperature cable alternative.
It is a common misconception that RG 6 coax is “better” than RG 59. While RG 6 has become the industry standard, and is an excellent value, it is a larger cable than
RG 59. RG 6 allows the same signal level to be delivered a greater distance. This is expressed as a decibel value at particular frequencies. For example, at 100Mhz,
General Cable’s Carol Brand part number C5775 RG 6 coax cable has an attenuation value of 2.05 db/100'. A similar construction Carol Brand part number C5782
RG 59 coax cable, exhibits an attenuation value (loss) at 100 MHz frequency of 2.70db/100'. This may or may not be significant, depending on the input signal level
and distance of the cable run.
For a longer cable run, or if the coax cable is planned for use as the backbone in a system, Carol Brand part number C5039, RG 11 coax cable, should be used because
its attenuation at 100 MHz frequency is 1.30 db/100'.
CATV/MATV/DBS
RG 59, RG 6 and RG 11 Ratings
Coax Solution
Carol/Helix-HiTemp
Belden
RG 6 CCS/Foil/60% AL Braid CATV/CM
C5775
9116/1829A
5303
841
RG 6 CCS/Foil/60% AL Braid CATVR/CMR
C5886
9116R
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—
RG 6 CCS/Quad/Foil/60%/40% AL Braid CATV/CM
C5785
1189A
5307
Q841
RG 6 CCS/Quad/Foil/60%/40% AL Braid CATVR/CMR
C5889
1884A
—
—
RG 6 CCS/Foil/60% AL Braid CMP - Plenum
C3524
9116P
—
25841
RG 6 CCS/Quad/Foil/60%/40% AL Braid CMP - Plenum
C3525
1189AP
—
25Q841
RG 11 CCS/Foil/60% AL Braid CATV/CM
C5039
1525A
—
—
RG 11 CCS/Foil/60% AL Braid CL2P/CMP - Plenum
C3528
1523AP
—
—
Genesis
West Penn
*Note: DuPont™ trademark
HDTV/SDI
A DTV signal is a television signal provided in a digital form. Data bits, like in a computer, provide a dramatically better picture and better sound quality called High
Definition TV (HDTV). HDTV is the highest quality of DTV and is only one of the available formats. In addition to enhanced picture quality, the DTV signal allows
several program streams (multicasting) on one channel, providing more program potential, as well as interactive services.
Serial Digital Interface (SDI) is the standard for digital video transmission over coaxial cable. The SMPTE 295M standard provides maximum distances (300 meters;
140 meters for High Definition) typically at 270 Mbps with 540 Mbps possible over a coaxial cable.
Recommended Coax Cable Construction: Cable providing signal to and within the home/building will continue to be CCS construction (C5775, C5785). Cables
with SBC conductors (395011, 495025) are recommended for the interconnect between the decoder box and other electronic devices (TV, DVD, DVR, CD, Bluray).
HDTV/SDI—Interconnect Cables
RG 59, RG 6 and RG 11 Ratings
Coax Solution
Carol/Helix-HiTemp
Belden
Genesis
395025
1505A
5361
819
395031
395031X3
395031X5
1855A
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
RG 59 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMP - Plenum
495023
1506A
—
—
RG 6 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMR
395011
1694A
—
—
RG 6 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMP - Plenum
495025
1695A
—
—
RG 11 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMR
395029
7731A
—
—
RG 11 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMP -Plenum
495027
7732A
—
—
RG 59 SBC/Foil/95% TC Braid CMR
RG 59 SBC/Miniature/Foil/95% TC Braid CMR - Single
RGB - Overall jacket containing 3 x 395031
RGB - Overall jacket containing 5 x 395031
CCTV
West Penn
Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) signals are typically lower-frequency analog signals. Attenuation increases as frequency increases, therefore lower baseband signals
are able to travel longer distances on an RG 59 type coaxial cable than a higher-frequency television signal. This is why RG 59 is the most common coax for CCTV.
It is becoming more common for Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) products, like Category 5e and 6 cables, to be used for Closed Circuit over Twisted Pair (CCTP) or
Web-enabled cameras implemented over a Power over Ethernet network architecture, however these solutions require the use of specialized equipment.
Recommended Coax Cable Construction: Solid bare copper (SBC) conductor and a bare copper (BC) braid shield with coverage of 90–95% to minimize
signal loss of both the horizontal and vertical sync signals. Stranded conductors are recommended for pan, zoom, tilt (PZT) cameras.
CCTV
RG 59 and RG 11 Ratings
Coax Solution
Carol/Helix-HiTemp
Belden
Genesis
West Penn
RG 59 SBC/95% BC Braid CM
C1142
543945
5001
—
RG 59 Stranded (7/30) BC/95% BC Braid CM
C1103
9259
—
—
C8025
9265
—
—
C8028
549945
—
—
C8030
649948
—
—
RG 59 SBC/95% BC Braid CMP - Plenum
495028
643948
5351
25815
RG 11 SBC/95% BC Braid CM
395058
513945
—
811
RG 11 SBC/95% BC Braid CMP - Plenum
495015
613948
—
—
RG 6 BC/95% BC Braid CMP - Plenum
495035
—
—
—
RG 59 Stranded (7/30) BC/95% BC Braid + 22 AWG
(7/30) Shielded Pair CM
RG 59 SBC/95% BC Braid + 18 AWG (7/26)
Unshielded Pair CM
RG 59 SBC/95% BC Braid + 18 AWG (7/26)
Unshielded Pair CMP - Plenum
*Abbreviation Key
AL - aluminum
SBC - solid bare copper
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