How to Terminate Coax Cable

Coaxial Cable

Before you terminate your coax cable, it’s always a good idea to test it first. If your coax cable has incurred a cut or crack during its use, it may be less effective at transmitting signals. You’ll need to test for: 

  • Signal strength
  • Signal loss
  • Connectivity 

The best method for how to test coax cable is to use a multimeter. This helpful tool allows you to gauge the strength of your signal and whether or not it can do the job properly. After removing from your coax cable outlet, hook up the ends and see if you hear a tone. The ideal result is silence: this means your cable is properly insulated and able to transmit signals properly. Hearing noise means there’s an issue and you would be better off using a new cable.

Collect Your Tools

To work on your coax cable ends quickly and easily, you’ll need the right materials. Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • Coax cable
  • Cable stripper
  • F-type connector
  • Compression tool
  • Needle nose plier (optional)

Start Your Work

Once you have everything you need, find a clear workspace to begin terminating your coax cable.

  1. Place your cable into the stripper, allowing some length to hang out the end.
  2. Spin the cable stripper around the cable, in both directions until the cable is cut through, effectively splicing your coax cable. 
  3. Pull off the cut end. If difficult, use a needle nose plier for additional leverage.
  4. Place the F-type connector onto the coax cable ends, ensuring there is a firm connection. The cable must be flush with the connector in order for the tool to work properly.
  5. Insert the cable with its F-type connector into the compression tool and squeeze tight, multiple times if necessary.
  6. Pull on the end of your cable to ensure the connector is securely attached. Once firm, you are done!

Once ready, you’ll be able to use new coax cable for your audio, visual, or internet needs! Simply attach it to your coax cable outlet and you’ll be ready to go. 

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