Sep 022012
 

EXTENSION Cables: Have a plug of the appropriate gender on one end and a jack of the opposite gender on the other (this cable could connect to itself).

CONNECTION Cables have the same gender on both ends.

SPECIALTY cables are neither extension cables nor connection cables and should have complete descriptions of the type and gender of each plug/jack.

PIGTAIL cables:  Connection Cables & Specialty Cables are often called “pigtail cables.”

JACK connector:  If a connector is mounted onto a panel or has threads or other nut retaining devices on its outside, it is called a JACK type connector.

PLUG connector:  If a connector is mounted onto a cable with a concealing NUT, it is called a PLUG type connector.

Plugs & Jacks can be male or female.

EXTENSION Cables have a plug of the appropriate gender on one end and a jack of the opposite gender on the other (this cable could connect to itself).

CONNECTION Cables have the same gender on both ends.

Specialty cables are neither extension cables nor connection cables and should have complete descriptions of the type and gender of each plug/jack.

Pigtail cables:  Connection Cables & Specialty Cables are often called “pigtail cables.”

NOTES:

  • In some situations, a panel mounted jack can have both male & female connectors
  • In some situations a plug or jack can have both mail and female connections. (seldom is this possible in the coax cable and supporting business)

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