>>On Fri, 06 Apr 2007 03:27:04 GMT, "Jerry Martes"
>>>> Belden, Alpha and Carol are all good. As important as the cable are
>>>> the connectors. The compression type are the way to go, IMO. Invest
>>>> in a good QS *** and a compression tool. Don't bother with crimp
>>>> tools and don't even think about twist-on.
>What's the diff between a compression tool and a crimp tool?
>OT: I inherited break/fix responsibility (billable by the hour) on a
>business thinwire lan that was installed by a TV cable guy. He used
>twist-ons and no crimp rings. That site paid my rent for a couple
>years, until I eventually replaced all the connectors with proper
>For that reason, I've always looked fondly on twist-ons, in a bizzare
The compression fitting have a captive sleeve on the cable end of the
fitting. You strip the cable more or less as usual, slide it up
through the connector as you would with a crimp type. But then the
compression tool presses the sleeve up into the body of the connector.
The inside is tapered, so when the sleeve is pressed in, it compresses
against the cable, locking it tightly into place.
Here's a picture:
They are also available with seals for water resistant outdoor use.
(In fact, the picture is of a connector with seals.)
Here's what the tool looks like:
Try 'em, you'll like 'em!