F connectors are designed to connect coaxial cable to television and satellite television tuners. F connectors are also used to connect video cassette recorders, DVD players and home theatre systems to TV receivers. These versatile cable connectors are a popular choice for attaching coax cable because they are inexpensive and simple to attach.
Screw on and crimp on F connectors can be purchased in both male and female types. Adaptors are also available to attach F connectors to other coaxial cable connector types.
RG6 Coax Connector
RG6 coaxial cable is the standard cable for connecting televisions and video equipment. F-type connectors for this type of cable come in several varieties. The twist on variety is the easiest to install as it simply is twisted onto the end of the cable wire. Unlike pin-type connectors, the F-type coax connector uses the wire in the centre of the cable as the pin that carries the signal.
According to Gardner Bender the outer insulation is cut away and the wire braid lining is pulled back before the F connector is attached to the cable. F connectors also come in crimp on, push on and compression types. (See reference 1)
F Connector Coupler
Often, setting up coaxial cable connections requires connecting two or more cables together. Use an F connector coupler to attach the two female F connectors of separate coaxial cables together. This is useful when one section of cable isn't long enough.
According to Radio Shack, coaxial connectors that are gold plated improve video output by reducing signal loss. The plating also makes the connector corrosion resistant to give the connector a longer life.
F-Type Signal Splitters
Signal splitters are used to break a television or video output up for reception by more than one receiver. They are especially useful for splitting cable television signals for reception by televisions in different rooms.
Signal splitters are equipped with up to four male F-type connections and are capable of splitting over-the-air analogue and digital signals. According to Crutchfield Electronics, these F-type signal splitters also work with cable television and high-speed cable Internet signals. Signal splitters are also available with gold plating to reduce signal loss.