1000 ft. Genesis WG-11191101 18 gauge 4 conductor (18/4)

unshielded stranded cabling

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Genesis Cabling offers its 1,000 foot box of 18-gauge, 4-conductor wiring for DIY and professional installers who need a large amount of additional cabling. The cable is perfect for hardwired keypads and 4-wire life-safety devices that use four conductors. Buy Genesis Wiring from Alarm Grid.
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Genesis of Resideo offers a very high-quality product with their 18-gauge, 4-conductor stranded cable. This 1,000 foot cable is perfect for DIY and professional installers looking to achieve strong results for their projects. This is great wire to have on hand for almost any situations.

Most alarm system installers choose 18-gauge wire due to its superb flexibility and its relatively long wire run capabilities. Of course, you can choose a slightly thicker wire to increase the maximum run distance. Likewise, you can select a thinner wire to increase installation flexibility. But 18-gauge wire really provides the best of both worlds.

The reason this wire is referred to as "4-conductor" is because of the four smaller inner wires house inside the larger cable. There are a few hardwired security products that rely on the four connections offered from 4-conductor wires. The most notable of these products include most wired keypads and 4-wire life-safety sensors.

Keep in mind though that the majority of standard security sensors will only need 2-conductor cabling. You can use 4-conductor wiring with 2-conductor devices, as you can just leave two of the internal wires disconnected. However, this can appear sloppy and unprofessional. You should avoid doing this, as completing each connection is best practice.

The inner wires for Genesis Cables are built from copper. This construction helps the wires transmit both data and power almost seamlessly. The two cables are color-coded black and red respectively. Black signifies negative, and red signifies positive in most situations.

Note: This is unshielded cabling.

Brand: Genesis

Excellent Alarm Wire!
Submitted on 05/27/2020 Alarm Grid

The Genesis WG-11191101 is a 1,000 foot box of 18-4 (18-AWG, 4-Conductor) stranded alarm cable. This cable is used for setting up hardwired security equipment, including wired sensors, keypads, and more. This type of cable is best-suited for 4-wire devices, such as motion sensors and keypads. However, it can also be used with 2-wire devices by just leaving two of the inner wires unconnected. This type of cabling is very versatile and easy to work with. That is why we give it a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the Genesis WG-11191101. For one, it is stranded, which makes it more flexible and more forgiving when making tight connections. This is important, because many DIY users will not have much experience performing their own wiring. Most professional installers also prefer stranded cabling, due to the simple fact that it is easier to work with. The four (4) inner wires are color-coded so that you can easily observe polarity when making the connections. The 18-gauge size is considered ideal for alarm products. This size allows for long wire runs, while still remaining flexible and easy to work with.

There are some downsides regarding the Genesis WG-11191101 that should be discussed as well. Like any alarm cabling, the wire must be prepared prior to use. This means cutting the wire into the desired length and then stripping the wire so that the inner copper is revealed. You only need to reveal the very top of the copper, as stripping too much is considered poor practice. This will mean obtaining a wire-stripping tool to complete the process. Another downside is that 1,000 feet of wire will be considered overkill for most installations. You can always save the extra wire for later. And if you really have a massive wiring project, or you use wire frequently, then this is a non-issue. But these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving this product 5 Stars.

Good: Stranded Wire, Color-Coded, 18-Gauge

Bad: Must be Prepared, 1,000 Feet is Often Overkill

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

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