The following table is shows the ANSI E1.27-2 standard DMX pinout when using Category 5 (or higher) wire and an RJ45 connector:

Wire Color and #

Function

Equivalent XLR Pin #

1 - White/Orange

Data + (Pair 1 True)

3

2 - Orange

Data - (Pair 1 Complement)

2

3 - White/Green

Optional Data + (Pair 2)

5

6 - Green

Optional Data - (Pair 2)

4

4 - Blue

Unassigned

-

5 - White/Blue

Unassigned

-

7 - White/Brown

Common

1

8 - Brown

Common

1

IDC Wire Diagram

This chart is intended for DMX512 cabling only - NOT DMX-over-Ethernet cabling.  Great care must be taken to prevent the accidental connection of DMX equipment to non-DMX equipment. The connection of DMX equipment to non-DMX equipment such as Ethernet switches or telephone equipment may result in serious equipment damage and/or personal injury, as pins 4 and 5 may carry voltages of up to 48VDC or greater.

Category wire is not recommended for loose or temporary cabling.  The use of RJ45 connectors for DMX equipment should be restricted to patch bays in access controlled rooms and should not be used for the direct connection of portable equipment.

Please be aware that some non-standard pin-outs are also in use (i.e. Color Kinetics).