Cat5 Pinout for DMX Print E-mail
 DMX Wiring Guide

 

The following table is shows the ANSI E1.27-2 standard DMX pinout when

using Category 5 (or higher) wire and an RJ45 connector:

 

Wire Color

and #

Function

Equivalent

XLR Pin #

 1

White/Orange

 Data + (pair 1 true) 
 3

2

Orange

 Data - (pair 1 complement) 
2

3

White/Green

 Optional Data + (pair 2)
5

6

Green

 Optional Data - (pair 2)
4

4

Blue

 Unassigned
-

5

White/Blue

 Unassigned-

7

White/Brown

 Common   1

8

Brown

 Common  1

 

 

Note on RJ45 for DMX Chart

This chart is intended for DMX512 cabling only - NOT DMX-over-Ethernet cabling.  Great care must be taken to prevent the accidental connection of DMX equipment to non-DMX equipment. The connection of DMX equipment to non-DMX equipment such as Ethernet switches or telephone equipment may result in serious equipment damage and/or personal injury, as pins 4 and 5 may carry voltages of up to 48VDC or greater.

Category wire is not recommended for loose or temporary cabling.  The use of RJ45 connectors for DMX equipment should be restricted to patch bays in access controlled rooms and should not be used for the direct connection of portable equipment.

Please be aware that some non-standard pin-outs are also in use (i.e. Color Kinetics).