About DMX Cable
When it comes to theatre equipment, digital multiplex is the go-to for light management and other stage effects. A DMX cable is universal, but before DMX became standard, most lighting systems used proprietary cables, making system management more difficult. Unlike similar cables, these cables include shielding to protect the signal as it transmits. However, they are not your only option for controlling a lighting installation. Cat5 and Cat6 cables, both networking cables, work in a pinch. These cables lack the shielding and have some quirks regarding signal termination. For the sake signal integrity, DMX cables should only connect one device to another. This is why you cannot find a cable splitter. They have a female end and a male end, both with three prongs or sockets at the end. Options on eBay come in a range of sizes, from 10 to 50 m. Look to DMX cables rated for your lighting system to ensure that you get the right effects at every performance.