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How to Crimp N-type Connectors to RG58 cable

Continuing on our tutorial series on RF-cables, this time we’re attaching N connectors to the cable we started making earlier. N-connectors are more rugged and mechanically robust connectors than the SMA ones we were using earlier, and are commonly used on larger diameter RF cables for antenna drops and other similar things.

The equipment I used is the following (not the exact items but similar)

A thing to note is that you need to match your connectors to your cable. In this example, I’m using male N connectors, which are designed to attach to RG58 cable. Another thing is that there are two types of connectors, crimp and solder. Crimp means that you can do what I did in the video, and terminate them with just the a set of pliers. Solder on the other hand means that the center pin has to be soldered. There are also two types of cable, solid and stranded center conductors. Stranded is more flexible, but harder to terminate.

Other articles in the series:

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