Installing Connector on cable

Discussion in 'Cable TV & Virgin Media TV' started by yoclick, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. yoclick

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    Hi,

    Well i wanted to move the point where my modem enters a room, so i go ahead and drill a hole in the wall, cut the cable (which went past where i wanted it), shoved it through the hole and then realised i needed to fit a connector :eek: lol

    The normal connectors for this cable im used to simply "screw" onto the cable, and then bang its done. However the Virgin Media ones are different? Its like its been shoved onto the cable and then clamped :confused: I managed to get it off the end of the remaining cut cable, after a lot of twisting and pulling.

    Now i dont know if i can reuse thier connector? I could fit the ones which "screw" on but im just interested, how do Virgin Media engineers install these connectors, do they have a special tool? If so whats it called and is it worth getting or should i just go ahead and shove one of my connectors which screw onto the cable (although they look poor in comparision to the VM one). The other ends which fit onto the Modem are identical, its just how they fit onto the cable which is different.

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  2. RB2004

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    The latest Virgin media connectors, are of the F type, and are known as Snap N Seal connectors,

    http://www.starkelectronic.com/it1000.htm

    The above link is an american website but shows how the connectors are put on and what is required

    Here is the connectors which Virgin Media use,

    http://www.ekmpowershop2.com/ekmps/shops/melksatltd/index.asp?function=DISPLAYPRODUCT&productid=118

    and the tool,

    http://www.ekmpowershop2.com/ekmps/shops/melksatltd/index.asp?function=DISPLAYPRODUCT&productid=193

    But at £50 just for the tool, its probably not worth buying just for one connection
     
  3. yoclick

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    Excellent bit of info there RB2004!

    Well i found a similar tool on ebay for £10 I think:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/F-Crimp-Tool-...ryZ96916QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

    Maybe worth it? TBH after using those screw on connectors, i havent realised much of a difference. My downloads are the same speed (470kb/s) always. However this is only on my laptop, wierdly the computer hardwired to the router, its downloads are flying from 250-400 completly inconsistantly. But this must be a setting problem as the laptop is downloadning at max.

    So unless there is any real advantage to those connectors, il leave it for now.
     
  4. RB2004

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    That tool is different, the one on ebay which you posted the link to, is a crimp tool, for using crimp F connectors,

    Telewest used to use these, but now they use Snap N Seal connectors.
     

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