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Old 02-17-11, 09:55 AM
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Coax termination

The electrician that wired my basement never bothered to tie the cable TV runs to my main box in the basement. In fact, he never even terminated the cables. So I have three loose coax cables ready to be connected. He didn't even bother to tag them indicating what jack they are run to. (He also by bypassed my phone distribution panel which are all home runs and evidently daisy-chained the phone jacks in some manner.)

I ordered a cutter and crimper from Monoprice. I couldn't locacte crimp on F connectors so I went to Radio Shack. Only there do I find out there is RG59, RG6, quad shield, regular,etc. What a nightmare.

I went home and the print on the cable itself indicates it is RG6 which is what I though. But I don't know if it's quad shield or not. The web page from the manufacture doesn't seem to indicate anything of the sort so I suppose I'll conclude it is not? http://www.platt.com/CutSheets/Honey...is/GNC5003.pdf

I bought a bunch of packs of connectors and will return the ones I don't need. Not sure why this needs to be so complicated.
Old 02-17-11, 11:11 AM
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Re: Coax termination

You might want to look into compression F-Type connectors rather than the crimp on type.

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Re: Coax termination

The compression connectors are much better than the crimp on ones, both in looks and in how well they work.

I had set up an antenna outside for HDTV and used crimp on connectors at all connection points. After some frustration with dropouts and pixilation, I replaced all the connections with compression connectors and everything has been fine since then.

I got the compression connector tool from a local hardware store (Menards) for less than $20 and the fittings themselves are about $7 for 10 at the store (and would be less at Monoprice).

Note: We're quite the distance from the broadcast towers, so our signal is not the best to begin with, but the compression connectors don't drop the signal we do have nearly as much as the crimp on ones.
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Re: Coax termination

crimping does take a little bit of practice to get exactly right, I still have all the tools leftover from when 10base2 was fairly common

but I would fear I have lost my touch in doing it and I agree with other posters that the compression fittings are better to use if you are only doing a couple of them and have no desire to be an 'expert crimper'
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Re: Coax termination

What does it take to do it right. I did 2 of the 3 last night and they were really hard to get on. But will they drop a signal if I didn't do it right? The white inside just needs to be up against the connector with the wire sticking through, right?

Yes, too late for the compression types. If this doesn't work, I'll try that. I haven't tested by connections yet.

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