I understand that I'm not suposed to use mic cable for DMX sygnal. And that's the reason why the standard mandates 5-pin XLR connectors.
I also know that in practice 20 out of 20 events I've witnessed here in Ukraine used mic cables, and all the gear had 3-pin XLR for DMX.
I currently own an installation of DMX console and 8 PARs, connected with 1*6 + 7*3 meters of mic cable with 3-pin XLR connectors. It works seamlessly, no visible glitches whatsoever.
My question is purely practical: I want to connect another piece of equipment at 5 meters from the end of the aforementioned sequence of PARs. And I want to do it with Cat5 cable, as it's both cheaper and more appropriate as per standard.
Would it work? Or would it work better/more reliable if I use mic cable for the extension?