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Wireless RF Connector Guide

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Here is a list of common RF connectors found on our Wireless Antenna Cables. Don't see what you're looking for? Just contact us, we can custom-produce almost anything!





BNC

Round connector with slotted mating collar
BNC Connectors
The "Bayonet Neill-Concelman" or BNC is one of the oldest types of RF connectors. It is a quick-disconnect used for coaxial cable, meaning it is not only used for Wireless Antenna extensions, but also for video, audio, and networking duties.

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N-Type

Large, round screw-type connector
N-Type Connectors
The Type N, or "N Connector" is named after its inventor, Bell Labs' Paul Neill (who also invented the BNC connector). The largest of the RF connectors, N Type is commonly found on antennae. N-type connectors are usually rated up to 12.5GHz, making them usable in not just WiFi applications, but also in the higher end of the microwave spectrum.

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SMA

Small, round screw-type connector
SMA Connectors
The "SubMiniature version A" or SMA connector is the smallest common RF connector. SMA was developed in the 1960's and is rated up to 18GHz.

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RP-SMA

Small, round screw-type connector with reversed polarity
RP-SMA Connectors
Reverse Polarity SubMiniature version A - or RP-SMA was designed as a proprietary connector to make it more difficult for consumers to attach larger, potentially illegal antennae to their wireless products.

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TNC

Round screw-type connector
TNC Connectors
The TNC (Threaded Neill-Concelman) connector is similar to BNC except for the connecting method. Where BNC has a slotted mating collar, TNC has a screw-down type connector. TNC's screw-down connector performs better than BNC in the microwave spectrum.

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RP-TNC

Round screw-type connector with reversed polarity
RP-TNC Connectors
Reverse Polarity TNC was designed with the same goals as RP-SMA-- to make it more difficult for consumers to attach larger, potentially illegal antennae to their wireless products. The designers simply applied this methodology to a different connector.

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FME

Round screw-type connector
FME Connectors
FME (For Mobile Equipment) is a robust, low-profile connector with excellent performance up to 2.4GHz.

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