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F Connector

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by airpolgas, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    When I got Dish installed, the installer opened up the plate on the wall that has the female f-connector, cut the cable, and replaced the female f-connector. He told me that if he did not do that, the signal will "burn" the connector within weeks and I will need to get it replaced.

    I've had no problem since the install regarding signal degradation, unfortunately, he did not have the materials to make it flush to the plate like the original, so my wall has the plate, and the cable is hanging out in the middle.

    If I want to get my wall to "look nice," would I need to re-cut the cable? Or are there plates designed to accommodate terminated RG6 cables?

    If I would need to cut, what kind of Female F-connectors should I buy (the one that won't "burn")?

    Thanks.

    Additional info:
    Dish > DPP44 > 622 & 508
     
  2. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    I'm wondering if I picked the correct thread location... :)
     
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Most of those plates are a simple hole with a simple F barrel connector in the hole. The barrel connector has a loose nut on it that allows the connector to be tightened down on the plate and a fixed plate resembling a nut that the nut is tightened against (with the plastic wall plate between).

    The barrel connector originally there was probably for unpowered cable and the installer was concerned that the voltage passed on satellite cable would "fry" it. Some older ones are simply not able to pass the frequency range for satellite.

    The odd part is that the loose nut wasn't on the barrel he put on there (unless he didn't put a barrel there and just pulled raw cable through. The nut off of the old barrel connector could have been used if he wanted to. An odd situation.
     
  4. SebastianBlack

    SebastianBlack AllStar

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    Either get another wall plate or tighten up the barrell nut.....(What James said)
     
  5. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    Pardon the dust :)

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    I am not sure if I can pull the purple side through, but if I can't, I can just break the plate and get a new one, right? I believe whatever is holding the barrel was broken during the install, that's why he never put it back because he did not have the part.

    As I understand, I do not have to cut the cable yet again. I just need to get a new plate and attach the barrel nicely, then make it look nice and clean.

    Is this a home depot trip, or do I have to visit a specialty electronic store?
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Correct. No need to cut the cable ... just use the barrel connector in the new plate (if it is rated for satellite) or replace it with the barrel connector shown above (borrowing the nut off of the connector that comes with the plate.

    Home Depot or Lowes should have the little square snap ins that would fit that hole if you don't replace the whole plate.
     
  7. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    Thank you!
     
  8. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    The problem with most coax plates available at big box stores is that they have inadequate barrel connectors. If the color of the plastic in connector is white, it may well be inadequate. If I recall correctly the better barrel connectors will have a sort of purplish dielectric rather than the white one. Save the connector currently on your cable and replace the one in the plate with it and you should be in good shape.

    The plate in your photo appears to be one for an RJ-45 network connector insert. It appears as though you should be able to pull it off the cable without cutting it once you disconnect the cable.
     

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