1000 ft. Genesis WG-11191101 18 gauge 4 conductor (18/4) - unshielded stranded cabling Reviews
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