How to Put RF Connectors on a Coax Cable

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Coaxial cable is used for audio, video and data transmission applications such as cable and satellite television. Routing and installing your own coaxial cable within your home or business may save you money by eliminating the costs associated with having a professional cable or satellite installer perform the work. Coaxial cable lines connect to devices using special radio frequency (RF) connectors. Installing RF connectors to coaxial cable requires a special crimping tool in order to provide a secure connection between the cable and connector.

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Things you need

  • Coaxial cable crimping tool
  • Side cuts
  • Coaxial cable
  • RF connector(s)

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  1. 1

    Remove 1 1/4 inch of the black-coloured insulating material from one end of the coaxial cable using the portion of your crimping tool labelled "outer". To remove the exterior insulating material, you must clamp down firmly on the cable using the crimping tool and rotate the crimping tool back and forth in order to provide a clean cut. Slide off the exterior insulating material to expose the outer metal conductor.

  2. 2

    Cut off the exposed wire strands surrounding the solid metal conductor using your side cuts. Cut off the solid metal conductor using the portion of your crimping tool labelled "inner", leaving 1/2 inch of the outer metal conductor material exposed from the end of the cable. You should now be left with 3/4 inch of inner solid wire conductor exposed along with 1/2 inch of outer conductor visible.

  3. 3

    Insert the prepared end of the coaxial cable into the small rounded end of the RF connector. Make sure that the cable's white interior plastic insulator matches up firmly against the inside portion of the RF connector.

  4. 4

    Locate the area marked "6" or "RG6" on your crimping tool and insert the small rounded portion of the RF connector into the appropriate slot on the tool. Crimp the middle and end portion of the connector by squeezing the crimping tool's handle together. Check the connector to make sure that it is securely installed on the cable by attempting to pull the connector off the cable.

  5. 5

    Use the cutting portion of your crimping tool to remove the excess solid wire conductor sticking out from the end of the installed RF connector. Repeat the process for any other remaining cables.

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