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Old 09-06-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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I recently bought a new plastic coaxial connector to attach on the end of my ariel cable which is fully prepped for the connector to go on..problem is,the coaxial connector I bought has a tiny screw insde the metal tube bit,which essentially, prevents the wire from the cable entering the connector pin..I don't know if it needs to be unscrewed which I've tried and can't get out..also on the back of the packet it says 'Terminate coaxial cables'..which I assume means something bad..can anyone lend a hand?

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Coax connectors should be made of metal. I have never seen or heard of a plastic coax connector.

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Sounds like you may have bought a coax terminator instead of a connector?
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Sounds like you may have bought a coax terminator instead of a connector?
With only one very unusual exception* the word "terminate" used with respect to cables means "to install a connector on the end" or "attaching it to something". Terminating a coax cable means putting a connector on it.

*Some early data networks using multi-point coax wiring required a controlled-impedance termination at the end of dead-end cables. That's probably the kind of terminator you're referring to. But they're still not usually plastic.
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I've never seen a plastic connector and I've been in cable for 12 years. However when we refer to "terminating" a line that means putting a connector that has a 75ohm resistor inside it
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With only one very unusual exception* the word "terminate" used with respect to cables means "to install a connector on the end" or "attaching it to something". Terminating a coax cable means putting a connector on it.

*Some early data networks using multi-point coax wiring required a controlled-impedance termination at the end of dead-end cables. That's probably the kind of terminator you're referring to. But they're still not usually plastic.
This makes sense to now. The plastic connector bits are flimsy so I'm switching to the proper metal ones..thanks for your advice

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