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What is a NATO Field Plug?

What is a NATO field plug? A NATO field plug is a charging solution that can be used with NATO ground tactical vehicles, which are equipped with a 24-volt DC port. Slave cables and NATO plugs can be used for slave (jump) starting or to harness power from the 24-volt port for other applications. When… Read more »

How to Use a Terminal Block

In an earlier blog, we answered the question, “What is a terminal block?” Below, we’ll describe how to use a terminal block, whether it’s a screw-in or plug-in terminal block. If you need to organize connecting wires, there are a few important steps you’ll need to take to properly set up a terminal block. However,… Read more »


If you’re searching for military-grade electrical products, you may have stumbled upon the phrase “NATO STANAG.” What is NATO STANAG, exactly? STANAG is an acronym for STANdardization AGreement. There are many different STANdardization AGreements, such as STANAG 4007 or STANAG 4074, that outline the processes for developing electrical equipment (as well as many other types… Read more »

Electrical Connector Types

There are many different electrical connector types operating within virtually all industries. In fact, it can be overwhelming deciding which is best for your application. Gateway Cable Company is a leading provider of military-grade electrical products; our electrical connectors are primarily MIL-SPEC intervehicle connectors that conform to NATO STANAG. However, there are many other types… Read more »

What is CARC Paint?

Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) is a specially developed paint described in MIL-DTL-53072E. It’s used on military vehicles and electrical equipment to help protect against chemical, biological, and radioactive weaponry. CARC paint was designed to be easily cleaned after exposure to chemical and biological weapons, and isn’t damaged by the decontaminating solutions used during this… Read more »

What is an NSN?

If you’ve heard of NATO products, such as slave cables and plugs, you may be wondering, “What is an NSN?” A NATO Stock Number (NSN) is a 13-digit number that’s used to identify a stock-listed standardized Item of Supply (IoS) so it can be recognized easily by NATO countries (and some non-NATO countries), including the… Read more »

How Does Waterproofing Work?

Waterproofing is the process of giving an object, such as a cable, waterproof or water resistant properties. How does waterproofing work for cables? It’s simple — the cable is reinforced with a thick and sturdy material that prevents water penetration, even under pressure. Commonly used water-resistant materials for cable jackets include thermoplastic chlorinated polyethylene (CPE),… Read more »

What are Ozone-Resistant Materials?

Ozone is a more powerful oxidant than oxygen. Ozone in the ozone layer protects the surface of the Earth from solar UV radiation exposure. Ozone in the troposphere (ground level) is formed when nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight. In contained areas, ozone can… Read more »

What is a Shielded Cable?

With so many cable options unavailable, you may be wondering, “What is a shielded cable?” Shielded cables are electrical cables with insulating conductors that are surrounded by a conductive layer. Usually, the shield is covered with a jacket, while the shield itself can be made of braided copper strands, conducting polymer, or a spiraled and… Read more »

What Does “Military-Grade” Mean?

Nowadays, “military-grade” has become a selling point for many different types of products, from smartphone cases to portable coolers. For many electrical components, such as connectors and receptacles, cable assemblies, and more, whether or not they’re “military-grade” is especially important. When it comes to product development, “MIL-SPEC” means designed to MIL-STD (or military standards). Read… Read more »

What is DFARS Compliance?

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance refers to a series of cybersecurity regulations created by the Department of Defense (DoD) for suppliers and contractors who work externally. The goal behind these standards is to protect classified information and maintain a strong defense against security threats. Below, you’ll find more information on DFARS, how it… Read more »

Faulty Thermistor Symptoms

Thermistors serve a variety of purposes and can be found in everything from refrigerators and hair dryers to vehicles. Typically, they’re used as temperature sensors but can be extremely useful when it comes to current protection. So, what happens when a thermistor starts displaying incorrect readings? Learn more about faulty thermistor symptoms with Gateway Cable… Read more »

What’s Special About NATO Power Plugs?

Unlike your average electrical plug, NATO power plugs meet the requirements put forth under a STANdardization AGreement (STANAG). What does this mean? To put it simply, NATO plugs are military-grade and offer the highest possible reliability. Read on to learn more about what makes NATO slave cable plugs special, then shop for the component you… Read more »

Connector Plug vs. Receptacle

Connectors are basically shells that house contacts with wires and are used on electrical wiring harnesses. Each connector plug has an insert that’s specifically formatted for a mating socket (a receptacle). Inserts are usually moisture resistant and have a hermetic seal to protect the plug, receptacle, wires, and connection. Read on to learn more about… Read more »

What is a Cable Assembly?

Electric cable assemblies are harness assemblies that house cables. The purpose of a cable assembly is to help the user keep tabs on the amount of current, the path of the current, and general safety. Cable assemblies house and organize different types of cables, which helps prevent confusion and potentially dangerous situations. You’ll find a… Read more »