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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
One reviewer is slightly incorrect in his/her description, but not the 5 star review. I assumed all the wiring was solid copper.

The actual important center coax wire is indeed 100% copper.

The 95% shielding, which means the braiding surrounds 95% of the inner coax, is actually copper plated/clad aluminum.

The two power lines (Black and Red) are copper plated strands (7 strands in each).

I gave this five stars, because I feel this manufacturer took the best of both worlds. As current generally flows on the outside of whatever it is traveling on, having braided and/or stranded wiring, which means multiple contact points, is an economical way to have your cake and eat it too, as you won't have significant, if any loss of the integrity of a signal/shielding or power line. On the other hand, like Romex or RG59 coax, it is, IMO, far more important to have solid copper when using a single line (think of heat and resistance or as another example, dielectrics with copper and steel plumbing. I am not a total expert, but I hope this was understandable. I saved $100 buying this as opposed to another spool that had 100% copper on everything. Remember, although you need a ground to make the connection, the signal only travels down the solid copper middle. Think of an AC plug where one side gets hot when it is not plugged in properly; poor contact and too much current trying to go through too little surface causing oxidation and more heat, that is where the signal/current flows - the positive/signal side, even with a lighter switching power supply. Hope I didn't get too technical. Another example would be where they place a fuse in any equipment that has an external power source, it is always on the power side, not the grounded/shielded side. The grounded/shielded side is for stability and to protect from external influences; so to speak.

The exterior of this Siamese cabling is made of a decently thick PVC jacket. The insulation between the shielding and the coax is a nicely dense foamy, probably PVC, which makes the whole cable reasonably flexible.

This was a great purchase, though I bought it for someone else, that looks like it will be very durable. I am very happy I was talked out of buying premade cables by some experts, since a lot of this cabling will be run outdoors and having something robust will pay off in the end. This cabling will work for years and has proven ideal for less expensive installations. Even a mid range install, depending on environment will work fine with this cabling. Just remember, a DVR system is not real high speed and uses a small amount of data transfer compared to even HD cable or DSL. If you ultimately decide to replace to a higher end system, then do use solid copper throughout, instead of CCA shielding and power lines, but if you are going to go that route, consider an MVR and use IP cameras with quality Cat5 cabling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
We use a lot of cable here and when I saw this listed at Amazon, I decided to try it out. I thought it's cheap and it may not pass the sweep test, but for as inexpensive as it was, it was worth the risk. Not only did it pass the sweep test, it out performed some really expensive cable we have been using. Great product and Great price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
I've run 500' of this cable so far with no issues whatsoever. Easy to pull, strips easily, and the image quality is excellent. The only small complaint I have is sometimes when trying to separate the two cables, the jacket tears, and you end up with the power wires tearing through. A little care in separation is all you need.
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on September 24, 2013
Could not believe the price.. great. the wire is all copper and good quality. Use it for security cameras.. this is a deal.
fast shipping.
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on August 27, 2014
This cable is much better then the wires that came with my Lorex security cameras that I got from Costco. I had a 130' run with this cable and the picture looks better than the other run with the factory 60' cable.
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on October 9, 2014
I liked the wire really easy to work with the power wires were a little weak so when stripping I need to be real careful otherwise just cuts through it that's why three stars
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on August 1, 2014
came on time.have not use at this time wire looks good.
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on February 22, 2015
It worked very well for my need.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
Solid copper core with copper braid. High quality wire for cctv use. 18g power is copper strand. I would purchase again
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on July 30, 2015
Great cable, great price!
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