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Why do we offer antennas with N and F type connectors?

Usually in antennas N-connectors are most often used. The antenna is usually placed connector N-female, the cable is crimped connector N-male. These are standard connectors, and if you are a professional in antennas, then you will have no questions with N-connectors.

If you need to crimp the cable with the N-connector only once, then the following information will be very useful for you.

1) To cut the cable with an N-connector, you need a special crimping tool or a soldering iron, as well as the ability and, most importantly, the desire to use them.

2) For laying cable through the wall you will be faced with this problem: even if the cable is already crimped on both sides with N-connectors, when the cable diameter is 7-8 mm, the connector has a diameter of 20 mm. For cable routing through the wall will either have to drill a hole with a diameter of 20 mm and push the cable together with the connector or disassemble the connector, drilling a hole with a diameter of 8 mm, to push the cable through the wall and re-assemble the connector. Which is not always convenient.

3) N connector consists of several small parts. It is very easy something to lose, especially when mounting the antenna on the roof. A new N-connector is not that expensive, but it is not so simple and fast to find.

That is why we made the decision to simplify everything a bit and produce some models of antennas with F-connectors. These are standard television connectors, they are sold in almost any store of satellite and TV antennas, and are 10 times cheaper than N-connectors. They are very easy to install on the cable. This requires only a sharp knife, for example, clerical.

On antennas, an F(female) connector is placed, on the cable – F(male) connector.

We tested the loss and attenuation of F-connectors. They were at the level of N-connectors. Otherwise, by the way, it could not be, because the F-connectors are used in satellite television on cable, which transmits a signal from the converter to the receiver at frequencies from 950 to 2150 MHz. Those antennas to which we install the F-connectors also work within these frequency limits. That is, antennas with F-connectors are absolutely similar in quality to antennas with standard N-connectors.

So, the advantages of F- connectors:

  • easy and convenient to install;
  • do not need special tools, only a knife;
  • they are very cheap, about 15 cents EA.;
  • they are easy to find on sale if necessary;
  • do not affect the performance of antennas.

We do not encourage to use the antenna only with F- connectors. Just someone that will be more convenient to use them, and someone will be preferable to the antenna with N-connectors. Most importantly, there is plenty to choose from.