Micro USB Cable – The Ultimate Guide On How To Choose

If you are using a cable to connect or charge mobile and compact gadgets like mp3 players, smartphones, cameras, printers or GPS devices, then most probably you are using a micro USB cable. Micro USB cables can be of different types. With the many choices out there, at times, it’s common to get confused with so many things to consider.

How do you know which micro USB cable to use with different gadgets and what are the types?

In this guide, we will tell you all you need to know about USB micro cables so that you can always pick the right cable for your purpose.

Chapter 1 – What is Micro USB Cable?

A micro USB cable is the smallest form type of the  Universal Serial Bus (USB) and comes with two connection types and USB 3.0. Micro USB cables provide convenient means to connect various devices and plug them to your chargers.

Micro USB cables are useful for devices where you cannot use standard or Mini USB connection ports because of their size or usability. All micro USB cables provide the same performance as you would expect from a standard size USB cable.

In the next chapter, we will discuss the different types of micro USB cables that you can find in the market.

Chapter 2 – Types of Micro USB Cables

Before we dive into the types of micro USB cables, let’s find out a bit about the USB connection standard.

USB cables were introduced in 1994 by some tech companies to provide a unified connection standard for transferring data and electricity. These cables are widely used today for different devices and come in different generations like USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

 

USB 1.0 and 1.1 can transfer data at 12 Mbps and are mostly outdated. USB 2.0 is the most popular cable in use capable of achieving 480 Mbps transfer speeds. USB 3.0 can clock 5 Gbps while the newer USB 3.1 can reach 10 Gbps data speeds.

USB cables feature a forward and backward compatible technology which means you can use the cables irrespective of their generation (USB 2.0 or USB 3.0) as long as the connectors are the same. The cables will automatically adopt the lowest USB standard when you are using cross-generation devices.

Micro USB cables are also classified into USB-A, USB-B, and USB-C types, and feature different types of connectors. You can differentiate the cables with your eyes, but you can’t tell whether it’s a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 just by looking.

Micro USB Cable

The Common Types of Micro USB Cables Out There for You to Choose From

Here are the common types of micro USB cables-

1. Micro-A USB Cables

On the Go (OTG) devices commonly use the Micro-A USB cable and differs from the normal USB connection. You can establish communication between two devices using Micro-A USB without the need for a computer which acts as a mediator.

Micro-A USB cables come with a female, rectangular-sized connector. You can easily identify a Micro-A USB cable by looking at its compact 5 -pin design and white receptacle.

Micro-A USB cables often are compatible for use in conjunction with Micro-B USB gadgets. The OTG devices normally have a Micro-AB socket which provides ports for supporting both connection types.

Micro USB Cable

2. Micro-B USB Cable

You can find the Micro-B USB standard in most of the smartphones and various small electronic gadgets. There’s no difference between USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 in case of Micro-B ports, and they look the same.

The Micro-B USB cable is available with both male and female connectors so that you can use devices using different connection types. Generally, you will see a female connector on smartphones, whereas the cable comes with a male connector.

Micro-B USB connectors appear like a half-hexagon in shape, as the ports and connectors feature tapered edges. Generally, the cables have a black-colored receptacle and portable 5-pin design.

Micro USB Cable

3. USB 3.0 Cables

USB 3.0 cables can be compatible with both Micro-A and Micro-B USB ports. The cable connector size of USB 3.0 is a bit bigger than USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 standards and suitable for handling the high transfer speed of USB 3.0. You also have to keep in mind that Micro-A and Micro-B don’t use the same connection standards.

The new generation of USB 3.0 standard presents a double-socket connection port. The USB 3.0 devices generally use a cable that is divided into two connectors to ensure backward compatibility.

You can use one connector for older Micro-A or Micro-B cables, while the other one is reserved only for USB 3.0 connections.

Many new smartphones have started using USB 3.0 as it offers 10 times performance increase compared to USB 2.0. You can also take advantage of improved power efficiency and additional features like USB streams to leverage data throughput for storage devices

Smartphones using USB 3.0 generally have dual-mode device connection. The functionality enables you to use the single port as a peripheral port, while it can also play the part of a host port.

Now that you have an idea about different micro USB cables let’s find out more about its applications.

Micro USB Cable

Chapter 3 – Micro USB Application Options

You can use micro USB cables for a wide range of applications. Do you know you can even find a micro USB to HDMI cable to directly access all your favorite videos and movies?

Keep reading to find out more about micro USB cables and their applications.

1. Micro USB to HDMI Cable

Tablets and phones have their displays to help you watch movies, play games or see videos. But for many people, the screen size is too small, and they need something bigger!

Micro USB to HDMI cables enable you to connect MHL-enabled tablets and smartphones with TVs or other display devices using the HDMI port. It is a convenient and cheap method and doesn’t need you to get lost in a mess of cables.

The micro USB to HDMI uses the micro USB port of your tablet or smartphone and passes the signal to the adapter which converts it to HDMI format to connect with your TV. If your TV doesn’t support MHL, then you will need to connect a USB power cable to the converter which provides charge to your phone or tablet.

You can use the display of your TV to play games, browse the internet, watch movies in HD, see photos and more. The micro USB to HDMI cable supports both video and audio.

The recent standard of MHL can provide 8-channel surround sound and even play videos at 4K resolutions. Older versions can support 1080p video formats with 7.1-channel digital audio.

You should check if your tablet or phone is compatible with MHL first before buying the micro USB to HDMI cable.

Micro USB Cable

2. Micro USB Extension Cable

Do you find the length of your micro USB cable too short?  Can’t charge your phone sitting on your couch as the cable doesn’t reach the wall power outlet?

You could resolve your problems in a jiffy using a micro USB extension cable. The extra length of cable serves as an extension between devices or cables and help you cover more area than you can with a single cable.

The extension cables have a micro USB male port at one end and feature a micro USB female port on the other end. The extension cables can support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, so you should consider your data transfer needs before choosing one.

The connectors at the end of the micro USB cables also vary. You can find micro-A ports, micro-B ports and some newer versions also come with Type-C port. So it’s necessary to check the ports of the devices you want to connect before buying a micro USB extension cable.

Some solar panels also use micro USB cables, and the extension cords can help establish connections over increased distances.

Micro USB Cable

3. Micro USB to Micro USB Cable

Micro USB to micro USB cables are used to connect two devices to transfer data or power. For example, you can connect two tablets, one tablet, and a smartphone or two smartphones to exchange data or charge the device.

Micro USB to micro USB cables have micro USB ports at both ends. One end of the cable is generally labeled as “Host” which you need to plug into the master device. The cable carries power from the master device at the host end to the other device while you can transfer data in both ways.

The cables come handy when you don’t have a charger nearby to emergency charge one device by sourcing power from another device. You can also establish a direct hardline connection between devices using the micro USB to micro USB cable and eliminate the need for extra adapters and lag in performance.

The device that you connect to the “Host” port must support On the Go (OTG) functionality. Most Android smartphones and tablets are OTG compatible, so you can be pretty sure your device can use micro USB to micro USB cables.

Micro USB to micro USB cables have a wide range of applications. Apart from connecting tablets and smartphones, you can also connect external hard drives or SSDs to carry out data read and write function.

You can also hook up other accessories using a micro USB to micro USB cable. For example, you can connect keyboards, cameras, and controllers to your tablet and smartphone using the cable. The accessories must have a micro USB port so that both the devices can work without any glitches.

Micro USB Cable

Till now we have discussed various types of micro USB cables like micro-A, micro-B and USB 3.0. Recently a new variant is available in the market called USB type-C. In the next chapter, we will discuss Type-C cables and find their difference with micro USB cables.

Chapter 4 – The Difference between Micro USB and USB Type-C

Are we looking to choose between a Micro USB and a USB Type C? You aren’t alone – there are many making that choice each day. While it was the former earlier, the latter is the choice for many these days. We will take a look at why.

What is USB Type-C?

You can find USB Type-C in new smartphones, laptops, and tablets. The new standard is slowly evolving to replace the older USB standards and even works for other technologies like Thunderbolt and DisplayPort.

USB Type-C features all the new improvements, and some smartphones have even replaced their 3.5mm audio jack with Type-C connectors. Type-C also supports new USB standards like USB 3.1 for achieving higher transfer speeds and improved power delivery using the USB connection.

The USB Type-C cables have a new type of connector which is similar in size to a micro USB connector. USB standards have moved from 1.0 to 2.0, and now we have USB 3.0, but the connectors never changed. USB Type-C introduces a new connector which meets the small needs of smaller and thinner devices available today.

You can also plug in a Type-C cable without needing to check its orientation as its reversible. Most of the current devices have transformed into USB Type-C so that you don’t need to carry around a bunch of different USB cables for different devices.

USB Type-C also improves the power delivery over older standards like USB 2.0 which can carry 2.5 watts of power. Type-C increases this limit to 100 watts and uses a bi-directional technology to send or receive power while you can exchange data simultaneously.

Some new laptops like Google Chromebook Pixel and MacBook provide USB Type-C ports for charging. In the future, all devices can switch over to Type-C to make it convenient to charge and transmit data.

Now let’s check out the differences between micro USB and Type-C.

Micro USB cable VS USB Type-C cable

Micro USB cables come generally have a micro-B USB connector at one end and the rectangular shaped Type-A USB connector on the other end.

Most of the micro USB cables use the USB 2.0 standard while some new smartphones feature the USB 3.0 standard. You can’t connect micro USB cables interchangeably, and they have to fit in only one way.

There are two hooks at the lower side of the connector to keep the cable in place. Micro USB connectors were introduced as an industry standard long time back to replace the proprietary connectors used by brands like Samsung and Nokia.

USB Type-C cables have the roundish, oblong-shaped connector which promises to bring unity in the field of different connectors. Though it looks a bit bigger than the micro USB connector, in reality, it is more streamlined and compact.

The Type-C connector is reversible, that means you can connect it any way you want. You don’t have to flip it numerous timesjust to make sure the right side goes in!

USB Type-C connectors mostly make use of USB 3.0 and 3.1 standards which means it can offer better performance than micro USB when it comes to data transfer speeds (5 Gbps to 10 Gbps). It can also support up to 100 watts of electricity, enabling you to charge even your laptop or cameras.

Some manufacturers offer Type-C connectors but use USB 2.0 standard due to the low power requirements of smartphones or tablets.

USB Type-C has the potential to replace the old Type A connectors in devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops, cameras, HDMI, game controllers, scanners, printers and more. USB Type-C is more versatile than micro USB and is not limited by design.

Micro USB Cable

Conclusion

Micro USB cables are still used widely across the world to connect tablets and smartphones and charge devices. We at Cloom Tech can help you know more about micro USB and the implications of manufacturing cables based on the standard.

Our expert and professional team cater to businesses of all sizes and helps them meet their custom micro USB needs. We can deliver high-quality cables accurately matching the specifications of your wiring diagram with a quick turnover time.

Get in touch with us as soon as possible for a private consultation to know more.

SAE Cable – the Ultimate Guide to How to Choose it Correctly

SAE Cable

You seem to have a different cable for everything- USB cables to charge your devices, coax cables to connect audio sources, network cables for internet and so on.

SAE cables are one type of cable used to charge your vehicle battery and power various automobile and motorbike accessories. But do you know you which kind of SAE Connector you will need? Are you aware of the different types of SAE adapters in the market?

Many questions need to be answered to select the right SAE Cable. That’s why we have prepared this in-depth post which tells you everything you need to know about SAE Cables.

So let’s get to the point without further delay!

SAE Cable

CHAPTER 1: What is SAE?

 

Definition

SAE or Society of Automotive Engineers is an international professional association which develops global standards for engineering industries. The standards of the organization harmonize the production of different types of cables and electrical equipment and offer a foundation for all manufacturers to be on the same page.

SAE standards enable manufacturers to improve their quality of products and meet safety guidelines. The SAE cable in the scope of our article is used to establish a connection between a battery and other devices.

Specification of SAE Cable

The SAE cable can be called a ‘hermaphrodite’ connector because it features both male and female connectors. The cables are generally used for automobiles and motorbikes though you can also use them for solar panels and alternative energy applications.

It is one of the components of a PCB that are soldered to provide it extra sturdiness.

The SAE cable comes with two conductors and commonly utilized to provide a maintenance charge to a car’s battery.

When harnessed with a battery system, the polarity of the terminals is designed to prevent any incidents of the short circuit even if the exposed ends come in contact with the metal vehicle chassis. For this reason, the exposed terminals of the cable are connected to the negative outlet of the battery. On the other hand, the positive end of a battery charger is often exposed and hooked up with the concealed SAE connector.

The circuitry of the battery charger also contributes to reducing any possible risks of short circuits. Lead-acid batteries have higher chances of experiencing short-circuits, so you need to use a good quality SAE cable to mitigate the risks.

SAE Cable

Next, we will discover the implications of SAE connectors and discuss the widely used SAE battery connector.

SAE Cable

 

 CHAPTER 2: SAE Connector

 The SAE connector is mainly used for automotive applications and solar solutions. But their versatility means you can also use them for other industries. One of the common types of SAE connector is the SAE battery connector. Let’s find out a bit about it!
 

SAE Battery Connector

 

SAE CableThe SAE battery connector is a simple cable that connects to your battery to other devices like chargers. It has rings or clips at one end to connect to the battery and features a standard SAE connector on the other end. The cable also has a 15 Amp to 25 Amp fuse in between for protecting the battery.

You can set up the cable and connect a battery tender to charge the battery of your vehicle or motorcycle.

The SAE battery connectors don’t have the risk of a short circuit even if the unexposed end comes in contact with a metal. For this reason, they are suitable for use with different types of automotive parts safely.

For example, you can use an SAE cable with a round end and SAE connector on the other end to hook up a heated vest. The SAE cable connects easily with the SAE cable connector to establish a connection. You can channel the SAE connector from the side of your bike and connect battery tender or other devices.

The SAE battery connector features two ring terminals which you have to connect to the positive and negative points of the battery. The terminals are generally colour-coded in red and black for your convenience.

You can buy longer SAE connector cables which can measure 25 feet. These are ideal for use in the garage where you need to have power access for the battery charger which can be located away from the vehicle.

Some manufacturers can use different types of connectors, but SAE is preferred because they are easy to use, affordable, easily available and safe.

In the next chapter, we will discuss SAE plugs and then take a look at SAE adapter.

 CHAPTER 3: SAE Plug

 SAE plugs can be used for basic wiring and general purpose applications in motorcycles and cars. The SAE plug at the end of the cable enables you to connect different accessories and charger boxes. Most of the SAE plugs are compatible with motorcycle tank bags.

The SAE plugs are used across different industries and applications such as alternative energy, utility and off-grid solutions, recreational vehicles, vehicle installations, emergency and more. Their versatility also makes them suitable for navigation equipment, mobile phones and laptops.

The SAE plugs are made for low-voltage though you can find many products which handle a higher amount of voltage for use in RVs, trucks and other heavy-duty applications. You can find different lengths of SAE plugs for automobiles of all sizes.

After the initial job of setting up the SAE, plugs are over. You can look forward to a tool-less assembly then onwards.

SAE Adapter

SAE Cable

You will be able to find different types of SAE adapters which can be used with a wide range of applications. For example, you can have a USB adapter right inside your vehicle (we will discuss in detail about SAE to USB a bit later) or take advantage of a male to female adapter to establish a connection.

Another type of SAE adapter is commonly used to connect traditional SAE chargers or jumpstart equipment to newer types of cables. These are sometimes used in power sports applications along with automobiles and provide an easy way to connect different equipment. Generally, the adapters are designed to achieve minimal power loss and maximum current flow.

One form of SAE adapter is quite common in cars and helps you light up your smoke. The convenient SAE to electrical lighter adapters sit comfortably in the dashboard of your vehicle and are connected to the battery on the other end.

Different accessories and equipment manufacturers also produce custom adapters to accommodate their products. For example, you can find custom adapters that fit with chargers, solar panels, heated clothing, GPS and other SAE devices.

SAE Cable

Now it turns to find out more about SAE to USB cable.

CHAPTER 4: SAE Cable

The other thing when it comes to choosing the right SAE cable is to know what type of cable you need it first.

SAE cables come in all shapes and sizes and are made to suit different needs. We have already discussed some of the applications like heated clothing and battery chargers that use SAE cables.

The advance of technology and change in our lifestyle have led to the development of new types of SAE cables to meet our modern needs. We use some gadgets as a part of our daily life which need a power source to keep functioning.

Many companies have started making SAE cables geared towards the gadgets like SAE to USB cable.

SAE to USB Cable

USB has become a popular format for the different electronics around the world. Having a common interface makes it easy to keep all your devices up and to run with simple charging options.

SAE to USB cables enable you to charge your cameras, mobiles, tablets, GPS navigation and more just by connecting them to the USB port.

SAE to USB cables has an SAE connector at one end and USB port at the other end. The SAE connector is hooked to the battery unit of your vehicle or motorcycle while USB connectors are placed on the dashboard or your fuel tank.

You can also find SAE to USB adapters, which are a portable box or dongle-shaped devices with UBS port and an SAE connector. You may need to use a separate SAE extension cable to connect the adapter to the battery.

The SAE to USB connectors delivers different levels of power such as 1.1 Amp, 2.1 Amp and 3 Amp. You should check the power compatibility of your device before connecting them to the UBS ports. A low power level automatically protects the battery from total discharge.

The voltage of your battery is also another important consideration as not all SAE to USB cables can sustain the same amount of voltage. Some can sustain as high as 12 Volts while others can support low outputs of 5 Volts.

You can find a single or multiple USB ports on an SAE to USB cable or adapter. The USB end sometimes comes with a protective cap to seal the ports when they are not in use.

There are also a few things that make your SAE to USB cable safe and efficient. You can look for safety features like protection for overheating, short circuit and high voltages. Also, it’s better to go for cables and adapters which are water, dust and weather resistant.

In our next chapter, we will give a brief overview of SEA connector extension cable.

CHAPTER 5: SAE Connector Extension Cable

SAE Cable

Many times you may not find the length of your SAE cable adequate for your purpose.

Sometimes the battery chargers need to be connected with wall AC outlet, and the SAE cable may not be able to reach the vehicle parked outside. You may also want to have a bit of freedom and charge your devices sitting by the side of your motorcycle. At times the standard battery SAE harness falls short in length leaving you in a fix!

An SAE connector extension cable comes to the rescue in such situations by offering you an extra length of the cable. You can connect them to the SAE plug and hook the other end to the battery charger or your device.

SAE cables have specific standards which define their scope and application. We will take a look at the common standards in the next chapter.

CHAPTER 6: SAE Cable Standard

SAE cables have different standards suitable for use in the automotive industry. J2183, J1127, J2863 are some of the standards in use. We will take a look at some common standards and find out what they are used for.

J2183 is single core SAE cable that can be used to supply DC electric between 60 Volts and 600 Volts. You can use them for high-energy applications like solar grids and also for high-power automotive needs of trucks and RVs. J20320 SAE cables are ideal if your job involves assembling ignition cables.

The J1127 is the commonly used low voltage battery cable used in motorbikes and cars to connect the battery to different devices using an SAE plug. The J1128 is the low voltage primary cable necessary to charge your vehicle battery and jumpstart it. J2863 is meant explicitly for automotive trailer tow connector and can withstand high loads of DC.

Usually, you don’t have to confuse yourself by remembering and evaluating all the SAE standards. The manufacturers of SAE cables duly declare the specifications of their products and the applications so that you can choose easily based on your needs.

We have almost arrived at the end of our article. Before wrapping things up, we will take a look at different types of SAE connector to cables.

CHAPTER 7: SAE Connector to Cable

SAE Cable

 Like we have already discussed, you can get your hands on different SAE connector to the cable. You need to determine your need and application in order to choose the right connector. We will explore the common type of connectors so that you can find it easy to make your choice.
 

SAE Connector with Leads

SAE connector with lead is used as automotive cables and suitable for rearview camera systems. The cables have a standard SAE plug at one end while the other end is exposed so that you can connect them to any wire or connector.

The SAE cables are designed to withstand high levels of heat, oil, solvent and abrasion. The insulation material allows the cable to have a low-temperature resistance and high scrape strength.

SAE to SAE Connector

The SAE to SAE connector comes with SAE plugs at both ends, as the name implies. You can use it for automotive wiring and connecting to various vehicle and motorcycle accessories. The cables are also suitable for military, industrial and agricultural use and work with older SAE models without any problem.

The SAE cables are also made to be solvent resistant, heat resistant and weather resistant. You can use them for any application which demands the transfer of DC power. Generally, the cables have a smaller over a mould which allows you to fit them in tight spaces.

SAE Connector with Battery Clamp

You can take help of an SAE connector with battery clamp to directly supply power to your devices from the battery. It features a conventional SAE connector in one end and two clips or clamps on the other to connect to the battery.

The clamps are colour-coded in red and black so that you know which one goes to the positive and which one connects to the negative.

Conclusion

SAE cables have a wide range of application in different industries such as automotive, agriculture, military and renewable energy. They come in different specifications which you must be aware of after reading this post. Knowing the specifications is necessary for choosing the right SAE cable and the success of your project.
 

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You can order SAE cables with custom specifications or international standards by getting in touch with us. We can manufacture high-quality and safe wiring solutions meeting your design and parameters. You can go for customized lengths, insulations, connectors and more depending on your project.

Custom Cables – The Ultimate Guide To How To Meet Your Needs

Custom Cables
Cables are one of the most common things in the electronic and communication industry. But you cannot always depend on general cables for critical and demanding applications. At times, you will need a cable built from scratch. Or, you may need help with an application, and the stock cables will not work. In that case, you need custom cables to match your needs and usage. But do you know which cable to use? Do you know that you can get custom cables manufactured as per your need?. If you want to meet your unique cabling needs, it is essential to go for custom cables. Here is all about how you can choose the right one.
Custom Cables

CHAPTER 1: What is a Custom Cable

 If you are looking for the right custom cable, expect a wide range and connectivity and network cables to choose from. However, it is essential to look for ones that have high standards and ensure that the cables are of high quality, which meets customer requirements for reliability, performance, and cost-effectiveness.

Here is a look at some of the advantages you will get by going in for a custom cable.

Better Performance – Custom projects have custom needs. You cannot match specific stock specifications with them. With custom-made cable, you can get optimal performance, and have the materials and ratings you need to carry off your project successfully.

Last Longer – When you are going in for custom cables, you can expect a better shelf life of the equipment. It is because the cable is made for that particular application, and understands the environment it is functioning in. It has all the attributes and ratings it would need to last in those specific conditions.

Save You more money – While you may think that custom made cables cost more, it may turn out otherwise over the longer run. Yes, the other benefit to having a custom cable is that you will not have to worry about system failures anymore, as you would otherwise when you go in for short stock options.

You get to Start from Scratch – Since you get to start from scratch with custom cabling, you can ensure that all the needs are met. So, you can even alter certain aspects of the existing cable to suit your equipment needs better.

We will now take a look at the types of customizable cables that you can get your hands on.

1.1 Customizable Cable Type

You can choose from different cable assembly products which include RF, copper, fiber and specialty harnesses. When choosing the cables, do go for one manufactured in industry standards.

Fiber Patch Cords and Jumpers

You can find simplex and duplex jumpers for all compatible industry applications.

The different products under this category include simplex fiber jumpers, duplex fiber jumpers, pigtail fiber jumpers, and micro-armored fiber jumpers. The cables provide optimized optical performance with low loss connections. You can order a custom length of the cable to reduce congestion and cable stack. The cables come with a wide range of connectors such as SCA, SC, FCA, FC, LCA, LC, for supporting various applications and have extended re-mating capabilities.

You can also specify the cable type you want and choose between single mode and multi-mode fiber types. The simplex and duplex cables have a of 1.2mm, 1.6 mm, 2.0mm and 3.0mm. You can order the cables in custom boot colors and custom labeling and Brady identification.

Fiber Assemblies

You have different types of fiber cable assemblies such as single mode patch cords, multimode patch cords, mode conditioning patch cords, fiber ribbon cables, and fiber multi-count trunk cables.

The single mode patch cords come with high bandwidth and performance and are Bend Insensitive. The SMF-28e cables do not lose light when the cable is bent or twisted as a part of cable management. The nanostructure technology sends the light back to the fiber core preventing any loss of signal or current. You can bend the wires without any problems and experience full bandwidth.

The multimode patch cords are used for LAN applications as they cost of LED transceivers are low. You can also use them for telephony applications and other compatible purposes. The cables utilize the technology to offer a high range of bandwidth, 10 to 20 times of regular multimode patch cords.

The fiber ribbon cables are ideal for plug and play applications. The cables are inspected for performance before they are shipped to increase reliability.

Copper Cable Assemblies

You can choose from a full range of copper connectivity solutions to transmit electrical signals between electromechanical equipment and communication devices. The copper cables are meant to deliver high performance and come with application-specific connectors for different purposes.

Copper cables are ideal for short distance applications which use relatively low bandwidth. They also have a low cost of production and can save receiver and transmitter cost. The different products in this category include Ethernet cables, office telecom cables, desktop cables, serial cables, audio/video assemblies, USB and SCSI cables.

The copper cables can be used to connect various computer accessories such as printers, Local Area Networks, and monitors. They are also suitable for audio video communications such as HD TVs and set-top boxes. The company also manufactures copper cables for offices, data centers, air traffic control towers, and network divisions.

Zone Cabling

Zone cabling is what you need for data centers and enterprises. The solution can provide a seamless performance over homerun cabling that can disrupt workflow when you change workstations. The zone cabling is routed through a series of consolidated points which connect to a cluster of workstations. The cabling enables the organization to reduce their downtime and costs and can be delivered on a need basis.

RF Assemblies

Braided and corrugated offer high RF performance. They are suited for critical network applications over a wide range of frequency. The cables are produced with the highest standards required for WiMax and 4G LTE technologies and outdoor and indoor DAS installations.

The different products under this segment include antenna jumper cables, transmission line feeder cables, mobile cell tower applications, indoor and outdoor DAS installations, and internal radius combiner boxes.

The cables come with Low Passive Intermodulation and quick production lead times. They offer long-term durability as they are made with repeatable automated termination process.

Now you know the different type of customizable cables that you can get, we will talk a bit about the custom cable assemblies.

CHAPTER 2: Custom Cable Assemblies

 

2.1 Custom Cable Sleeving Kit

Cable sleeving makes cable management easier by bunching cables and making them easier to identify. The sleeving also protects the cables from hazards, liquids, chemicals, and abrasions. You have different types of cable sleeving to buy, including expandable and side entry sleeving.

Expandable Sleeving

Expandable cables come with woven fiber which gives it some flexibility. The sleeving is solid in circumference, so you have to apply the sleeving by passing the cable through it. The sleeving is ideal for irregularly shaped areas of cables and keeps them secured inside the sleeving.

You can find both reliable and expandable sleeving from Custom Cable. You need an application will determine the type you will need.

Side Entry Sleeving

Side entry sleeving is also referred to as wrap-around or split sleeving. They come with a slit, and you have to wrap it around the cable instead of feeding it through the sleeving. The installation process is more natural than expandable sleeving, and you can conveniently wrap the cable isolating the connectors without any need to unplug any cable.

You can also take out any cable easily just by slipping through the slit.

2.2. How to Connect Custom Cables?

If you have different types of connectors, you need different cables for matching the applications.

For example, the fiber ribbon connector comes with MTP/MPO connector whereas the ribbon patch cord features MTP/APO connectors. The ribbon fan-out cables have different connectors such as FC, LC, MU, SC, and ST.

You can choose a cable with a specific connector depending upon your purpose.

In the next chapter, we will explore the Custom Cable adapters.

CHAPTER 3: Custom Cable Adapters

 You need different types of adapters and connectors for their cables. For example, you can use coupler style adapters to establish a connection between the same type of connectors. The adapters can also help you secure an existing cable with a new piece of hardware or a new cable to an existing piece of equipment.

You can find different such as FAS9A-E2E2-1PM-FF-CUP, FAS9A-FCFC-1PM-FF-CUP, FAS9F-MJMJ-2PM-FF-CUP, FAS9U-FCST-1CC-FF-ADP, FAS9U-FCSC-1CC-FF-ADP and more.

CHAPTER 4: Custom Cable Services

 Wondering how custom cable services work? We will take a look at how Our PCB does it.

Assembly Division

Cloom delivers dedicated fiber and copper detail engineering for different business processes. The processes of the assembly division are used for material conformance, performance specification compliance and component and assembly design. The company employs various personnel such as process engineers so that they can create quality assurance, increase production efficiency and accommodate engineering changes.

The staff helps us provide their services through tooling requirements, equipment maintenance, and process implementations so that they can serve their customers according to their needs.

Network Services Division

Cloom offers on-premise network infrastructure services to businesses of all sizes on local and national levels. The company provides its services based on time, materials, staff augmentation, unit price and contract to different customers according to their requirements. The customers are assigned dedicated account and project management team so that a consistent level of quality and service can be maintained. The company offers the services through qualified and trained personnel who are fully equipped to carry out the job.

The Network Services Division and the Assembly Division collaborate on different projects to enable a single source of delivery for the customers. The projects are controlled on an auto-pilot basis starting from design and development to assembly and installation. The company derives value from its direct supply chain and integrates it with corporate commitment to serve as a trusted network partner for enterprises.

The Network Services Division and the Assembly Division collaborate on different projects to enable a single source of delivery for the customers.

The projects are controlled on an auto-pilot basis starting from design and development to assembly and installation. The company derives value from its direct supply chain and integrates it with corporate commitment to serve as a trusted network partner for enterprises.

Cloom delivers its service through a team of qualified and experienced professionals who include technicians, project managers, Registered Communications Distributions Designers, and others. The company employs its fleet of fully equipped vehicles which can cater to emergency requirements and deployments of short orders. Cloom offers its services to different industries such as office space, retail, data centers, hospitals, distribution centers and so on.

The network services of the company include-

Assessment and Design: The service comprises many steps such as site surveys, design and needs analysis, implementation planning, materials selection, and wireless mapping.

Implementation and Installation: The company offers copper and fiber infrastructure, wireless networks, equipment installation, sound masking, fiber splicing and testing, last mile FTTx and CCTV installations.

Maintenance and Upgrade: This service involves UPS upgrades, WiFi overlays, and upgrades, network move, add or change, bit error rate testing, fiber characterization, commissioning/decommissioning and others.

We have discussed the services of OUR PCB company. Now let us take a look at the solutions of OUR PCB.

CHAPTER 5: Custom Cable Solutions

 Cloom delivers connectivity solutions for a wide range of industries. The solution can be customized based on the need of the industry and specific business. The different solutions of the company include-

Telecommunication Solutions

The company offers both fiber optic and copper connectivity solutions for broadcasting and telecommunications. The network cables are used for data centers, campuses, enterprises, and residential applications as they enable quick transfer of data. Cable technicians can use the custom cables for meeting critical network needs. The cables are also applicable for high-speed internet which requires the exchange of high amounts of bandwidth.

Military and Defense

The military uses custom cables to connect different units and secure highly confidential communication. The cables meant for military use are extra durable as they have to withstand harsh weather conditions and exposure to hazardous materials. The defense industry also uses high bandwidth optic fiber cables to transfer data and critical mission information.

Intelligent Traffic Systems

Cloom offers connectivity solutions for intelligent traffic systems. The solutions apply to air traffic control towers which need a quick and effective exchange of information and data.

Original Equipment Manufacturers

Various manufacturers make use of Custom Cable solutions in their facilities. The cables are used to power different equipment and assembly line machines.

In the next chapter, we will talk about how it’s like to work in Cloom.

CHAPTER 6: Custom Cable Careers

 

Wondering how it is to work in the cabling industry?

A typical day at work involves working with the team to get the materials ready for production. You have to put in around 10 to 12 hours of work each day, but the plus point is getting to meet other professionals and grow your network.

You will get work in a warehouse environment with a large shift of workers. The department you are allotted depends on your qualifications and expertise. The normal shift is of 9 hours with a half hour lunch break and two 15 minutes breaks.

Cloom offers a full range of network and connectivity solutions and services. The company operates under two divisions- Assembly Division and Network Services Division. They aim to provide the highest quality and service by directly dealing with the customer. It encourages a corporate culture which results in the growth and profitability of the company.

We need a wide range of human resources to support their huge scale of production. They are looking to hire the best talents and promising personnel in the industry to support their business. You can get a good job if you happen to clear the interviews in a progressive and growing company.

The management of Cloom is encouraging and supportive to the employees. They gather feedback and opinions of the employees before making any important decision. The leadership of the company also sends employees to trade shows and industry events to further their knowledge and skills and learn about new concepts. You can keep checking with the company website to find out if they have any opportunities or career options for you to join.

CHAPTER 7: Conclusion

 Cloom is a reputable manufacturer of cables and connectivity solutions. You can design a cable according to your specifications and get it shipped. We also fulfill custom cable orders built with highest standards matching your design parameters. You can also choose the cable length and color and go for other customizations based on your application.

Get in touch with us today to order your custom cable with your chosen connectors. We can ensure a fast production time delivering the solution when you need it.

 

VGA to HDMI – The Ultimate Guide on How to Achieve the Best Conversion

VGA to HDMI
For people that are new to the all the new inputs and outputs, it can be quite confusing knowing all the new devices and methods out there. You may face situations that require you to switch your display technologies. Your video signals can be adapted in both direction between VGA and HDMI, but it is useful to know about the different limitations and cost differences that come with each connection. This guide is a great way for you to better understand certain connection situations, like connecting VGA to HDMI. We’ll help you gain a better understanding of the difference between VGA to HDMI, the various directions to use, as well as the most efficient ways to connect various types of technology in the best cost-efficient and effective way:
VGA to HDMI

CHAPTER 1: VGA to HDMI

VGA to HDMI

 Before getting into any conversion methods, you’ll first need to understand what VGA an HDMI means. VGA stands for “Video Graphic Array.” In previous years, VGA became the fundamental lowest denominator for every computer graphics system. Meanwhile, HDMI stands for “High-Definition Multimedia Interface.” It is the now more common interface that works to transmit both audio and video signals digitally using an HDMI-compatible source.

There are two main definitive differences between HDMI and VGA sources. The first difference is the type of interface, with VGA being analog and HDMI being digital. The second one is that VGA only provides you with video transmission whereas HDMI involves both audio and video transmission.

Due to these differences, you will require not only a cable when connecting an HDMI device to a VGA device, but for the conversion to properly occur, you will need an adapter as well. That being said, it’s great to know that these adapters are compact and very cheap, most of them averaging around 20$.

Generally, devices with a VGA interface provide reduced video resolution in comparison to newer HDMI devices. PCs that makes use of VGA interface have to work with lower video resolution due to limitations with the video card. As for previous displays using the VGA interface, you usually have a problem with screen resolution.

CHAPTER 2: Can VGA to HDMI Carry Sound? 

VGA to HDMI
 
   I think it’s safe to say that you now know that VGA interfaces are incapable of transmitting an audio signal. It is also accurate for situations where VGA is converted to HDMI, even though HDMI does provide audio.
To utilize audio support in such cases, you’ll have to get a separate cable that acts as an audio channel. Usually, a PC or TV set comes with the basic 3.5mm audio port. It resembles a regular headphone jack, and in laptops and computers is the main headphone port. Occasionally, your TV set can also come with an audio port as well as an HDMI port just for the exact purpose of connecting your computer that makes use of a non-HDMI interface (such as VGA or DVI). In these situations, you’re in luck since you’ll only require the 3.5mm audio cable without any other conversion technology.

Sometimes there are audio inputs seen in devices known as RCA connectors. These audio connectors can also be called component audio connectors. However, a regular person would be able to recognize them more easily as the colored ports in a TV: red, yellow and white.

A video is transmitted using the yellow port, whereas the white and red RCA ports are designated for audio signal transmission. In case your TV monitor needs an RCA for its audio, i.e., only the red and white, then you have to get an affordable 3.5mm audio port to the RCA device converter.

 CHAPTER 3: VGA to HDMI Converter

 It’s pretty obvious that a lot of technical things need to happen simultaneously, to change a VGA signal into HDMI. These things usually involve connecting these two interfaces. For this to happen, it is essential to transmit the VGA signal using a converter, that will send the VGA’s analog signal along with your stereo’s audio to change them both into digital transmissions.
These will then be relayed out through your HDMI cable to connect with a monitor that has an HDMI connector. The converters register the analog signals that are delivered to them from the computer or any other device and then convert those signals in digital so that the HDMI monitor can read them. This process occurs without any obvious breaks or input, so all you have to do is connect the devices. While the conversions between the two different signals are happening between the device and converter, the video images are simultaneously being fit according to size and format for your display monitor.
Most converter scaling is also able to accommodate image resolution changes for widescreen monitors. That said, you need to be aware when choosing one of these products to ensure that the converter has the necessary input connectors you will need. Certain VGA to HDMI converters can also come with something that is known as composite video input, basically a round, yellow RCA connector. Others come with the previously discussed composite three-colored RCA connector. Either way, both will try to change into the digital HDMI signal. While these input devices aren’t exactly “VGA,” they are still commonly known as VGA to HDMI converters. Most of the typical VGA to HDMI converters can differ, with the main differences being:
1.The type of connector that is accepted, which can be VGA, composite, component or S-video) 2.The accepted base resolution 3.Which aspect ratio or ratios the converter can work with (regular 4:3 or widescreen 16:9) 4.The provision of any additional switcher that will allow users to work with multiple inputs (that said, having multiple inputs doesn’t technically mean that you can alternate between them) 5.The provision of any DVI output connector (HDMI and DVI share similar video signal characteristics with the absence of audio, within a separate connector package) 6.The resolution of the output, which can be 480p, 720p, and 1080p 7.The power sources 8.The option of having TOSLINK digital audio connectivity 9.The converter settings, which can vary between automatic, manual, or even automatic along with manual overriding.

Section 3.1: VGA Output to HDMI with audio support

Since a converter does not provide audio, you’ll need additional support. That’s where an audio adapter comes in. You can find multiple options or packages of converters that come with audio adapters suited for your PC, TV or laptop. They’re usually inexpensive and can work well with most older devices. That said, you need to make sure the cables and adapters are compatible with your ports and system requirements00.

Section 3.2: How do I connect VGA output to HDMI?

 

Now that we know about the different interfaces and their connection and conversion methods, it’s time to start the main task. Connecting an older VGA interface to any monitor or TV using an HDMI device is simple, but you will have to undertake some purchasing on your part:

  • Step 1: Get any VGA output to HDMI converter box.
  • Step 2: Find your VGA cable, which generally comes along with any computer.
  • Step 3: Connect the VGA cable into the computer’s VGA output.
  • Step 4: Plug the remaining side of your VGA Cable into the VGA input of the converter box.
  • Step 5: Connect the HDMI output to your converter box.
  • Step 6: Plug the HDMI input part of your HDMI cable into the TV set or computer monitor.
  • Step 7: Once you have turned on the computer and your HD Device, you will be able to display the computer video on the HD device.

 CHAPTER 4: VGA Output to HDMI Cable

VGA to HDMI
 The first component of the conversion system is a converter cable. It is important to note that for the VGA source to be converted to HDMI and vice versa, your converter will have to be an active device in comparison to a passive device. It means that one component is going to provide passive conversion without any switches between the directions.

Now to understand the VGA output to HDMI cable. This type of converter will not be able to connect a VGA system to an HDMI one since VGA sources receive analog signals as opposed to HDMI sources receiving digital ones. Using a cable for transmission will only cause a passive connection since either device won’t read the signals. That is why you require an actual conversion to allow connection between the systems.

That said, the cable can be used with an appropriate adapter to get you the appropriate conversions. These cables are also very cheap and easy to connect. Even so, converter boxes are generally more ideal since they do the entire active process.

 CHAPTER 5: VGA Output to HDMI Adapter

 One other way to connect your old PC device to an HDMI input present in a monitor or TV is by using an adapter. If your PC only comes with a VGA output, you will require a converter. To use the converter, you necessarily need a VGA to VGA cable (male connections_ along with an audio cable. Use either stereo mini to RCA or an RCA to RCA (both connections being male), which depends on the output you get with your sound card.

It’s obvious that you’ll also require the HDMI cable to plug the VGA output to HDMI adapter into your HD device. If the computer utilizes a DVI output, you’ll have to get a DVI to HDMI cable, or else you can get a DVI to HDMI adapter along with a regular HDMI cable.

These options are typically more restricted if someone has a notebook computer, which typically does not come with any HDMI output since you are not able to switch your graphics card. Even if this were a possibility, you would still not be able to incorporate the HDMI output into your notebook chassis. In the end, the only options you have are to get a converter as we discussed previously, or get yourself a more modern notebook computer.

 CHAPTER 6: HDMI Female to VGA Male

VGA to HDMI
 An HDMI output to VGA converter is generally an inexpensive cable. It is capable of transmitting an HDMI signal from a device to a VGA interface on a much older display. Since VGA is now growing scarcer with time, you should only use this connection choice as a last resort.

You should know that an HDMI cable can send both audio and video signals through the one cable. That said, VGA cables are only able to transmit a video signal. In case you want to have both audio and video, you will have to get yourself a converter that comes with a VGA cable, along with a separate audio cable or USB device that has audio capability. The process is pretty similar to VGA output to HDMI conversion.

Now, here’s where it gets a bit tricky. You may either choose between male HDMI to female VGA converters or vice versa. That definitely will sound very confusing to anyone new to the technology world. However, there’s no need to worry. The difference between a female and a male connector is pretty simple.

The idea is quite basic. Male cables or devices generally have a pin that sticks out. You have to add this into a plug or input. Female devices, on the other hand, come with plug-in holes which are meant to receive the male pins. The only exception to the rule is a DC Jack. In this case, the receptacle comes with a pin while the line comes with the hole.

Depending on your device ports and receptors, you can choose between either converter. The function remains the same. It only indicates the type of cable or input you have.

 CHAPTER 7: Mini HDMI to VGA

VGA to HDMI
 A mini HDMI to VGA converter is a straightforward device that can convert from HDMI to VGA. It allows you to use it with any VGA projector or VGA monitor. Similar to conventional converters, this device needs no power source and utilizes the basic technique of ready-to-play.

This converter is ideal for laptops or PCs that require a short connection distance. It’s easy to plug in, simple to use and convenient for simple device conversions. These cables also have reduced the risk of damage with shorter connections.

Conclusion

 In conclusion, VGA output to HDMI converters is positive in today’s digital world. Nowadays you can find a large number of different electronic devices that can come with either port. So, such converters can help you transmit signals without any hassle or connection issues. Not just that, but VGA output to HDMI converters are finally becoming much more widely accessible.

Some useful tips and tricks to remember include always setting your television’s image resolution to the ideal fit. It will enable your converter to work effectively. Contact proper professionals and experts in case of any issues. Different companies provide different converters, but it is helpful to know the main features of your converter.

Well, hopefully, this detailed guide has provided you with a better understanding of the digital world. Whether you’re looking for some media playing at home or looking for some quick conversion solutions at an IT department for your job, this article should fill you in with the best conversion solutions and options.

Coaxial Cable-The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right One for You

We need to use coaxial cables in our homes or office for various video and audio installations. It also has a widespread commercial use in the telecommunication, cable TV, and internet industry. Whether you are looking to use a coaxial cable for your home or want to make commercial installations, it is a good thing to know what you are dealing with. We have prepared an in-depth guide on coaxial cables and their use along with a hand DIY on splicing them. So, let’s start off with a brief look at coaxial cables.

Chapter 1: What Is A Coaxial Cable?

 Coaxial cables are used to transmit video, audio and voice signals by telecommunication, internet, and cable TV providers use coaxial cables to transmit video, audio and voice signals. It is also widely used in homes to connect DVD players, speakers, digital cable set-top boxes and similar applications.

The specialty of the coax cable is that it can ward off external interferences and transmit a strong signal without loss of quality. The wires have a central metal core, generally made from copper and an outer insulating layer.Over it, a layer of conductive shielding made of foil or copper mesh is applied, and then another external insulation is provided.

Generally, coaxial cables have a female connector at one end and a male connector on the other side for making a connection. That is how it looks like:

The internal view of a coaxial cable

Now let’s explore the different types of coaxial cables and their application.

 Chapter 2: The Types of Coaxial Cables

 

2.1 Digital Coaxial Cable

The digital coaxial cable is similar to RCA connector in looks, but it carries digital signals instead of analog ones. The thickness of the digital coaxial cable is higher than ordinary connecting wires because it comes with shielded foil or mesh to shield the interference of signals.The cables also have a higher bandwidth so that it can carry the digital signals efficiently.

You may not be able to tell the difference between a standard cable and the digital coaxial cable just by looking so better enquire what you are buying.

2.2 Coaxial Digital Audio Cable

Coaxial digital audio cable is necessary to connect two audio sources. You can connect your laptop or computer to the amplifier and transmit digital audio signals between the two devices. There is a male RC jack fitted at both ends of the cable.

You can connect the cable to the sources on either side. Unlike analog audio cables, only one wire is needed to carry the audio signal in coaxial cables. Generally, coaxial digital audio cables come with a rating of 75 ohms so that it can transfer the signals efficiently.

The end of the cable might be color-coded in orange or black for convenience.

You should use a digital coaxial cable for your audio needs as RCA cables suffer from loss of quality as the length increases and absence of shielding. That being said, coaxial digital audio cables are a bit more expensive than RCA cables but worth it!

Coaxial digital audio cable

2.3 75 Ohm Coaxial Cable

75-ohm coaxial cables have an impedance of 75 ohms.

Ohm is used to measuring resistance which is generated by the flow of electrical signals inside a circuit.When we are transferring DC through the circuit ohm is used to measure the strength. However, in the case of AC, ohm represents the impedance.

75 ohm and 50-ohm coaxial cables are used for standard applications and are used as industry standards. 75-ohm coaxial wires are ideal for sending signals through the cable effectively without losing the signal strength during the process.The cable is commonly used to connect cable TV receiver boxes, satellite TV, FM/AM radio receivers, high definition TVs and police scanners.

You can also find the 75 ohm cable in case of coaxial digital audio cables.The capacitance and low attenuation also makes it ideal for any kind of digital video, digital audio and data signals.

2.4 White Coaxial Cable

The white coaxial cables come under the purview of RG6 category. It is equipped with a thick conductor and comes with a larger dielectric. You can also find better quality of braid and foil in the cable for effective transmission of signals.

White coaxial cables are used as the industry standard for internet, satellite and cable TV. You can also achieve a better result in appearance as white color of the wire easily blends in with your interior décor or wall colors. It also produces less remarkable results when wired around trims or ceilings.

2.5 TV Coaxial Cable

You can use the TV coaxial cables to connect TVs, satellite dishes and VCRs and current RF aerials. The coax cables come either as male to male connectors or male to female connectors.You should check out the type of connections your TV and cable boxes have to decide which one you need.

Generally, the TV coaxial cables will have an impedance of 75-ohm for better signal transmission. The connectors are gold plated or silver plated in a bid to improve the quality of transmission.The length of the cables is usually short and you the regular TV coaxial cables are 10 meters long.

TV coaxial cable

2.6 Coaxial Audio Cable

Coaxial audio cables are used to establish audio connections between two sources such as DVD or CD players, media players or turntables and speakers and amplifiers. Coaxial audio wires transmit digital signals from one source to another.

The cables are generally hardwired and use copper wire with a shield around it. They are quite durable, and both ends are fitted with RCA jacks for connection. Usually, the audio coaxial cables are short in length to maximize the signal strength and start to lose signal as the distance increases.

2.7 RG6 Coaxial Cable

The RG6 coaxial cable is required for a wide range of commercial and residential purposes.The term RG6 is applied to different types of coaxial cables which differ in the composition of the internal conductor, shielding material, and kind of dielectric.

This kind of cable is derived from military use which refers to Radio Guide. The six is used for covering to the sixth page of the guide where the information was located.The term RG is obsolete and used to refer to coaxial cables with 75-ohm impedance and 18 AWG center.

You can find the most common use of the wire for cable TV installations. The wire can be used to route and distribute cable signals to home and within it. And it has been chosen as an industry standard for cable TV connections taking the place of RG59 cables in the recent past.

Generally, the cable has a steel center conductor coated with copper and features aluminum braids or foil with around 60% coverage.

The cable is also used for professional video applications. The conductor is generally made of solid copper and features a heavy shielding of up to 95% with aluminum foil or copper braids.The cables can transmit a serial digital interface (SDI) signals or baseband analog video signals.

The tolerance of the cables is heavily controlled to enhance the stability of impedance.The wires have a different type of connectors fitted at both ends, and you need to choose them based on your purpose. They can have BNC connectors, F connector and also RCA plugs.

It is also suitable for CCTV connections and have heavy shielding.

2.8 100 ft Coaxial Cable

You may need a 100 ft coaxial cable for commercial use or at home depending upon your purpose.can be used for a wide range of audio and video applications are come with different connectors for greater versatility.

The cables are made durable with strong shielding so that they can resist wear and tear. You can use them to connect yours over the air satellite dish with your TV or for distributing cable TV connection between different rooms in your home. The conductor is also made of copper so that signal is carried on effectively without significant loss.

1oo ft coaxial cable

2.9 Flat Coaxial Cables

You can use a flat coaxial cable instead of the round shaped one for specific purposes around your home or office.The different types of coaxial cables may come in flat shape whether they are RG6 cables or digital audio cables.

You can use the flat cables if you don’t want to drill holes in the wall. They are also convenient when you place them under your window sash or the door jamb. You can find different connectors fitted at the ends for various applications.

Flat coaxial cable

Coaxial Cables used for Cable TV

Today the cable TV industry uses two types of coaxial wires in most installations.The most popular choice is the RG6 coaxial cables which are used commonly in homes to connect cable TV receiver boxes with televisions and the main line. 
You can also use the 75-ohm coaxial cables for cable TV installations as it is the industry standard. The two types of coaxial cables are also ideal for connecting satellite dishes with television sets. You can use any of the wires for video installations.

Now that you have got to know about the different types of coaxial cables let’s take a look at how to set them up in the next chapter.

 Chapter 3: How To Splice Coaxial Cables?

 Splicing a coaxial cable is an easy job if you have got the right tools. You can also do it without tools but the process it a bit more taxing. Let’s find out how to splice coaxial cables using tools available at your local hardware store. You need to arrange the following tools for the job-
  • A coaxial cable stripper (compatible with your coax cable)
  • Compression connectors (matching the input of the device you will be using)
  • Splice adapter or barrel connector
  • Compression tool
  • Extra coaxial wires (if you are extending the length)

It looks like you have gathered the required tools. Now let’s take a look how to go about splicing your coax cable.

1. Strip the coaxial cable with the coaxial cable stripper

Insert the terminated end into the coax cable stripper. Ensure that the end of your wire aligns with the guide on the stripper tool. If you don’t align it with the guide, then the lengths of coaxial cables being spliced will not be uniform.
Now rotate the cable stripper around the cable for few times and check to see if it is done.Remove the stripper tool and slowly pull off the end of the cable from the cut. You will be able to see the inner conductor in the center of the wire.

Fold the wire mesh or foil around the edge so that they don’t interfere with the core. Make sure to hold all the wires or mesh as any left dangling will interrupt the signal transmission and quality.

Repeat the process with the other end of the coaxial cable too.

Coax cable stripper

2. Insert the compression connectors

Insert the compression connectors over the insulated edge and ensure the metal core is not damaged.The metal core should be sticking out of the connector once it is placed.

Insert the other compression connector carefully in the same way on the other end of the coaxial cable.

3. Use the compression tool to compress the connectors

Keep the compression connector in place and put it inside the compression tool. Now apply enough pressure to crimp the ends of the connectors.

Do the same thing with the other connector at the other end of the cable.

Compression tool

4. Use the splice adapter or barrel connector

Insert both ends of the coaxial cable in the barrel connector so that the metal core enters the female jacks on both ends. Push the collar of your cable connector tightly in the barrel connector to get over with your job.

Coaxial Cable Signal Booster

You can install coaxial cable signal boosters which enhance the quality of the signal transmitted by the cables. The amplifiers can be used for your TV to antenna connection, satellite dish connection and for improving cable TV distribution in your home.
There are different types of amplifiers available, so you should check whether it is compatible with your installation before purchasing.

Coaxial Cable Splitter

Coaxial cable splitters are small connecting devices that have a single input and several outputs.For example, you can connect the cable line into the splitter and connect multiple television sets using the outputs.
Generally, you can buy two-way cable splitters and four-way cable splitters from your electrical store.

Coaxial cable splitter

Coaxial Cable to HDMI

Coaxial cables may not be compatible with modern high definition TV sets equipped with an HDMI port. You have to use a six-sided plug to fit in the input. However, you can convert coaxial cable to HDMI by using a powered adapter available in electronic stores. 
You have to connect the coaxial cable carrying the signal in one port and the HDMI cable to the other port.

Wireless Coaxial Cable Transmitter

You can get a wireless transmitter for your coax cable for distributing TV signals. Generally, it comes with a receiver and wireless transmitter along with a power adapter.

We have to connect the cable TV into the receiver box while the TV will be plugged into the receiver. This way you can transmit the TV signals wirelessly.

Now that you have a good idea about how to splice your coax cable and use different tools, so let’s increase your knowledge on the subject a bit!

Wireless, coaxial cable transmitter

 Chapter 4: Extending Knowledge of Coaxial Cable

 

4.1 Best Coaxial Cable

RG6 coaxial cables are the best and industry standard for home and commercial use. They have a high dielectric with a thick conductor and come with improved mesh and foil.

You can also go for the quad-shielded RG6 coax cables which have extra coatings of foil and mesh to prevent any outside interference. These are suitable for homes located near police stations, fire departments, TV stations, and airports.

RG6 is also the best choice for cable internet as it has enough protection for active transmission of signals.

4.2 Coaxial Cable Adapter

Coaxial cables are not suitable for bending around corners or sharp angles as it may damage the wire. You can use coaxial cable adapters to prevent such damage. 
Various adapters are available in the market such as 90-degree adapter which has a male jack at one end and a female connector on the other end.

You can insert the coaxial cable ends matching the jack of the adapter and lay your cable without any worries.

90-degree coaxial cable adapter

4.3 Target Coaxial Cable

You can purchase a wide range of coaxial cables from the Target store. The wires are ideal for use at home for internet or cable TV or for connecting other devices. You can also find commercial coaxial cables at Target.

4.4 Outdoor Coaxial Cable

Satellite dishes, cable TV or internet installations might need the outdoor use of coaxial cables.Sometimes you will also need to bury the wires underground to make connections.

Outdoor coaxial cables are weather resistant, and you can expose them to rain or sun. They are also ideal for underground connections and won’t let moisture in. The cables also feature heavy shielding to prevent any outside interference with the signal transmission.

4.5 Coaxial Cable Amplifier

Coaxial cable amplifiers are small devices which boost the signal transmission of your cable TV or internet. You have to put the source cable in one end of the device while the other terms connected to the devices. It can be found in general electronic stores.

We have given you a thorough understanding of coaxial cables and how to work with them.Now let’s see where you can buy them along with a few buying tips!

Coaxial cable amplifier

 Chapter 5: Where To Buy Coaxial Cable

 We will start off with a few tips on how to buy coaxial cables.
  • High-quality coaxial cables don’t necessarily mean they have to be expensive
  • Search for wires that have a screw-on connector than push on connectors
  • Cables with compression connectors last long and don’t cause RF leaking
  • RG6 cables are one of the best options to buy
  • Quad-shielded cables are best for stronger signals
  • Here’s how it should look:

RG6 coaxial cableYou can also order custom coaxial cables from us, and we will customize it to meet your needs. We can produce coaxial wires with customizable connectors, shielding, connecting core and other elements.

Conclusion

 Coaxial cables are standard around the household and also used for commercial purposes. Whatever be your installation type- cable TV, internet, CCTV, other audio video applications- you know which coaxial cable you will need for the purpose.

We manufacture high-quality coaxial cables and customize it accurately according to your specifications. Get your coaxial cable from the industry leader.