What are Coaxial Connectors?
Coaxial connectors are components attached to the end of a coaxial cable. The connectors allow the coaxial cable to make a connection with a jack or outlet on a set-top box, television, musical instrument, audio speaker, or other device. A coaxial connector shields and protects the exposed end of a cable, preventing interference and damage. Some people shorten the term coaxial to coax, and both terms have the same meaning. The most common use for coaxial cables and connectors is to carry radio frequency signals, also called RF signals. Coaxial cable is often used to carry TV signals throughout a home, although it can carry many types of signals, including audio and data signals. Usually, coaxial cable has a black, plastic outer layer that you’ll see and that protects the more delicate layers inside, including the center core, the dielectric insulator, and the metallic shield. Coaxial connectors at the end of cables often are made of metal, usually plated with gold, nickel, or tin. Most