VGA over Cat-5 ethernet


If you’ve ever needed to place a VGA monitor further than the standard 6 foot cable allows, you may be familiar with some of these problems:

  • VGA cables are expensive
  • Several cables chained together affects signal quality
  • Running a VGA cable through conduit is pretty difficult

You can avoid a lot of these problems by making a couple VGA to Cat-5 adapters. This will let you run standard, cheap, easy-to-pull ethernet cable between your computer and video display. The twisted pair helps reduce signal loss, though it doesn’t work quite as well as the long-run shielded VGA cables. Unless you need to extend your display to over 50 feet, this might be a much easier and more cost-effective way to do things.

VGA over Cat-5 ethernet cable – Link