Can I Use a Longer Ethernet Wire for My Coal Trol Thermostat?

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 7:00 pm

Can I use a eternet wire for my coal trol themostat?, the one came with it is too short
Thank you, Gerard

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 8:09 pm

You could get a roll of bell wire from the local hardware, the stuff they use for doorbells. The ethernet stuff may work, I'm not sure though. The voltage used for Tstats is very low, say 18-24 volts, I think the ethernet stuff is in the 5 volt range. Just for the record, standard house wire will work fine but may raise a few eyebrows. :roll:

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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 8:46 pm

I used cat 5 cable to extend the Coal Trol.
The connectors are put on with NO cross over.
Check with the Coal Trol people if your not comfortable
doing your own cable. I'm sure they will make one up for you.


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Post Thu. Aug. 20, 2009 11:32 pm

HI Gerard, a standard ethernet cable will work. Like Tom said, do not get a crossover cable. Also, do not plug the control module or the thermostat into an actual ethernet network! :)

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Coaledsweat, the Coal-trol does not use standard bell wire for the thermostat, we use RJ-45 sockets and standard 8 conductor ethernet wiring. However, we do use low voltage, in the area of 12VAC.

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Post Fri. Aug. 21, 2009 6:28 am

For all, CoalTrol thermostats are NOT standard 2 wire type hookup, they require the Cat 5 Ethernet cable per Paul V.

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Post Wed. Aug. 26, 2009 2:41 pm

I also used a CAT 6 Ethernet cable for my coal-trol hookup. Like everyone else has stated it can't be a crossover cable, a standard patch cable will def work. If you are going to make your own cable (only recommend if you know how to) RJ45 connectors are the only ones that will work. Regular phone cable won't do the trick because they don't have the correct connectors and they don't have the correct amount of actual wires within the cable.

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