Genesis is owned by Resideo, and the company is known for its top-quality alarm system cables. This product represents 500 feet of 18-gauge, 4-conductor stranded copper wire. It is perfect for applications that require four conductors, such as hardwired keypads and 4-wire smoke detectors.
By most accounts, 18-gauge is the standard wire thickness for most alarm system applications. Whether you're running sensor wires or connecting the panel to its transformer, 18-gauge is the gold standard. You can use slightly thicker or thinner wire it that's what you have available, but 18-gauge offers the ideal balance of flexibility and maximum recommended run distance.
As 4-conductor cabling, this wire contains four inner wires for making individual connections. Most security sensors use only two conductors, but there are situations where having the extra two conductors is required. This includes wiring keypads and 4-wire life-safety sensors. You can technically use 4-conductor cabling with 2-conductor applications. This is done by just leaving two inner wires disconnected.
Each inner wire is made of copper, which makes it perfect for conducting data and power. DIY users should find that these wires are extremely versatile. Nearly any alarm system application that needs a 4-conductor wire can make use of this cabling. The four inner wires have insulation that is individually colored red, black white and green.
Note: This is unshielded cabling.