ALL FOUR pairs of the cables are used in the Exakt-Link cable. This is NOT an ethernet transport cable but an Exakt transport cable. These pairs are used to transmit the audio data, power triggers and a master timing control to ensure that the audio from all channels are in perfect sync.
The Exakt-link has been designed to operate with the CAT-5 cable electrical specifications for signal timings. There have been NO changes to this design for any other CAT cable standards. (updated 2019)
- We recommend using the 100Base-T4 / 568B ethernet cable pairing
- Exakt Link uses readily available network cables:
- CAT 5 UTP/FTP
- CAT 6 UTP/FTP
- Note: There is no change in the audio performance of the Exakt Link between Cat 5 or Cat 6 Cables.
CAT 7 and CAT 8 cable electrical specifications do NOT work well with the EXAKT-LINK transport. These cables will limit the Exakt cable length that can be used and reduce the sound quality.
We advise this cable is not used and replaced with CAT-5/6 in Exakt-Link installations.
Typical Ethernet 100Base-T length restrictions guide:
- Patch cable < 30M
- Solid core cable < 100M
EXAKT-LINK CANNOT be used with:
- Ethernet Isolators,
- Ethernet conditioners,
- HomePlugs/Ethernet-over-Mains devices
- WLAN bridges etc
Exakt-Link can ONLY be a CAT5/6 cable from Exakt socket to Exakt socket