Cable Connectors and Their Common Types

While many prefer electronics that are completely wireless, many systems still require various cables for transferring the power and data needed for functionality. In other cases, cabling and wires may also provide more strength, stability, and security that can be highly beneficial. Whether one is using coaxial cables for telecommunications or a fiber optic cable for internet connectivity, all cable types require cable connectors for the means of interconnecting cabling and systems. As there are many types of cable connectors, it can be very beneficial for one to familiarize themselves with common connector types that they may use or come across.

Ethernet Cable Connectors

When setting up a hardwired network with CAT6 or CAT5e cables, RJ45 connectors are the most common. Generally, such connectors have a similar appearance to conventional telephone cord connectors, though have double the amount of conductors which make them wider. For installation, the twisted pairs of cable wires may be exposed with a stripping tool before they are positioned on the terminal plug. To finalize a connection, a crimping tool is used to crimp the connector onto the cable.

USB Connectors

USB connectors are widely used across countless systems and accessories, allowing for external devices to be connected to computers, USB wall plugs, and other electronics. Generally, USB connectors find use for phone charging, peripheral connectivity, and more.

Coaxial Cable Connectors

Coaxial cable connectors are often paired with RG59 and RG6 cables, ensuring the proper functionality of televisions, CCTV security cameras, broadcast TV antennas, and other equipment. Easy to connect and disconnect, coaxial cable connectors are a simple solution that are stable and inexpensive. To install a BNC connector, stripping tools may be used to remove protective shields before a crimper is used to attach the connector to the conductive material of the cable.

Fibre Optic Cable Connectors

Fibre optic cables necessitate more specialized connectors as compared to other cable variations, due to the fact that data and power is transferred through light. When using optical cables in lieu of Ethernet cords, a special adapter may be used. Depending on the jack style on a particular device, common fibre optic cable connectors include SC, ST, and LC connectors. With each of the common fibre optic connector types, mechanisms such as push-pull latching, plug and sockets, and more may be used.

When using any of the more common types of network cables, it is important that the connector types and cables are matching for optimal functionality. Generally, it is important to consider factors such as system bandwidth, transmission speeds, and other required characteristics before making a purchasing decision. Additionally, pairing the most optimal connector with a matching cable can better ensure that everything runs smoothly and intended. If you find yourself in need of top quality coaxial cables, fibre optic cables, USB cables, Ethernet cables, and their various connectors, there is no better alternative to Industrial Parts Circuit.

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