CAT Snake Audio Over CAT5

CAT Snake

Audio Over CAT5 Stagebox Send or receive up to four audio lines down shielded CAT5/6/7 cable.

  • Compatible with balanced analog, AES/EBU, DMX, and Clear-Com signals
  • Low cost splitter system
  • Supports phantom power
  • Anodized Aluminium

Starting From $120

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General Information

The CAT Snake Stage Box allows four lines of balanced analog audio to be run down a shielded CAT5/6/7 cable. Each of its four channels can carry balanced analog, AES/EBU, DMX, and Clear-Com signals hundreds of feet away. The CAT Snake is a fully passive unit which can be input directly into analog or digital consoles. Each channel is isolated which means channel 1 can send a DMX Signal while channel 2 is sending balanced analog all down the same shielded CAT5 cable. Multiple CAT Snake stage boxes can be daisy chained to allow the same four analog channels to be dropped in multiple locations. Each CAT Snake stage box has an Ethercon input and Ethercon parallel output that allows the CAT Snake to be used as a hard-wire split.

Available in four male XLR and four female XLR versions.


Starting with either the CAT Snake MX or CAT Snake FX attach your XLR cable ends to channels 1, 2, 3, or 4 and insert your shielded CAT cable into the input or parallel ends. Repeat the process for the other CAT Snake Stage Box to complete the system.

The CAT Snake is compatible with the CAT Rack, CAT Tails, and WallCAT units.


Data Sheets

etherCON Wiring Diagram



Do I need to use shielded CAT5 cable?

Yes. Each of the channels share a common ground. This is especially important with digital signals.

How far can I send a my mic lines?

For balanced analog we've achieved distances of over 600ft using our SuperCAT cable. The results will vary with other CAT5 brands. For digital signals we reccommend distances up to 330 ft as per AES/EBU standards.

SoundTools Warranty Policy

All SoundTools products are covered by a one year no questions asked “Happy Human” warranty, wherein if a customer is unhappy for any reason they shall be able to return the item in the original packaging for a full refund from the place of purchase. Additionally, SoundTools strives for total customer satisfaction forever. If a customer wishes a replacement after the initial one-year warranty for any reason, we will replace it with one of equal or better condition.