Frequently Asked Questions:
Pictures for Connectors,
Pictures for Cables (more coming soon)
—-------------- Connector questions
Which Connector Do I need?
Male or Female Connectors?
Reverse Polarity (RP Connectors)- Plug or Jack?
Connector(s) NOT available for certain cable type(s) ?
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What Low-Loss Coax Cables are available?? (- for WiFi/RF/Radio/Microwave/WirelessGPS...)
(RG-58/U, Ultra-low-loss LMR-400, etc.)
Which Cable Do I need??
What's the Signal Loss?
Can I see Pictures for Connectors? Can I see Pictures for Cables? (more photos coming soon)
Q/A about Cable Length Selection during Check-Out
>> Cross Reference 1: Radio/RF Connector Types for WLAN/WiFi devices
>> Cross Reference 2: Cable Assembly Part Numbers for RF/WiFi devices
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Pricing Details <<
Prices are under each lengths of cable.
Which Cable do I need?
They are NOT Cheap but we sell them at the Lowest Market Prices!!
>> Cross Reference 2: Cable Assembly Part Numbers for Radio/WLAN devices
*Ultra Flex: See below.
LMR coax sizing is compatible with standardized cable grouping identifiers as follows:
Also see LMR cable explanation below.
Male / Female Connectors:
A regular MALE connector has a PIN in the center and threads on the inside (female threading);
A regular FEMALE connector has a female receptacle in the center and threads on the outside (male threading).
A Reverse Polarity (RP) PLUG connector has female threading: threads on the inside, and a female receptacle in the center;
A Reverse Polarity (RP) JACK connector has male threading: threads on the outside, and a pin in the center;
( Please use term PLUG or JACK when referring to RP connectors and not Male / Female - because other industries may call them just the opposite in terms of Male/Female, which can lead to confusion.)
Though female threading, an RP-Plug is usually called a Male connector.
Though male threading, an RP-Jack is usually called a Female connector.
Tell Connector Type by Pictures or >> Cross Reference 1: WLAN Radio RF Connector Types
Adapters - if certain connectors are NOT available for some cable types, please consider using an adapter together with available cable connectors to achieve the connection.
(For example, at this time, FME male/female is not available for LMR 400 series and up; BNC male/female is not available for LMR 100 series. In order to make a 400-series cable with FME male to BNC female, you may need an adapter like "FME male to TNC male" to ADD TO a cable with "TNC female to BNC female". An adapter of "FME male to N-male" with a cable of "N-female to BNC female" will achieve the same effect. Adapters' prices vary. Contact Us for details)
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RG58(U or C/U) / LMR400 Cables:
Our high-quality flexible low-loss RG58 (RG-58/U) cable is equivalent to CommScope® and Altelicon™ 195 series, and Andrews similar products
- it has a solid copper wire in the center, and both a braid and foil outer conductor for superior shielding,
which is BETTER than most standard RG58 RG-58U and WBC195/LMR-195 cables.
Our high quality LMR400 (WBC400, CA-400) equivalent cable -
- This high quality ultra-low-loss 400-series cable
has excellent low loss characteristics and a durable UV protected black polyethylene jacket; it
features equal performance and mechanical characteristics to similar cables from Times Microwave Systems®,
Belden and Andrew® ... See its Signal Loss below. This ultra-low-loss cable is a high performance alternative to RG-8, TMS Times Microwave Systems® LMR-400, Belden® 9914 / 9913 / 7810 and Andrew® CNT-400 coax cable. Custom Cables USA has available fully tested custom cable assemblies featuring this 400-series cable.
(LMR-400 is a replacement for RG-8 RG8 / 9913 Air-Dielectric type cable. It is ideal for jumper assemblies, and short antenna feeder runs. With a 1 inch minimum bend radius, LMR-400 cable can be routed into relatively tough tight spaces without kinking.)
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Styles available: including Plenum rated to comply with stringent building codes, LMR400UltraFlex cable and LMR195 White cable. Order online easily! See more below.
LMR® Flexible Low Loss Cables
LMR® Standard is a UV resistant polyethylene (PE) jacketed cable designed for 20 years service outdoor use. The bending and handling characteristics are significantly better than air dielectric and corrugated hard line cables.
Quite important is the fact that this cable uses a PE (Polyethylene) outer jacket which is highly abrasion resistant, as compared to PVC which is not nearly as durable. This product is direct buriable and PE is
non-contaminating to its dielectric or to other cables it is bundled with. LMR® Flexible Low Loss Cable e.g. Times LMR-100A, LMR100A, Times LMR-195A, LMR195A, LMR-200, LMR200, LMR-240, LMR240, Times LMR-400, LMR400, 400 UltraFlex (UF) grade, and LMR-600 LMR600, etc.
Our view on different brands
**: A few companies make LMR® (or WBC™, CA- etc.) equivalent
cables / connectors nowadays; Times Microwave Systems may have the original design, and their cables are of high quality; however, just similar to the question of “generic drugs VS brand name drugs”, if you ask us which brand of cables or connectors to buy, it is our recommendation that ...Read More on Brand comparison
You need to use an Ultra Flex cable
if you need a very low loss
cable like LMR 400, and it needs to flex constantly
See Cable Handling
must be used based upon the electrical code in in your area. To see a diagram explaining what a Plenum area is
click the link. Plenum rated cable
is much more expensive than regular cable.
We can make low loss coaxial cables (assemblies)
to fit/work with your WLAN/LAN D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, Buffalo, Proxim, Belkin, Cisco,
Compaq, Dell, EnGenius, IBM, Intel, Motorola, SMC, 3Com, Apple, Blitzz, Orinoco, ...
and various providers' wireless network Access Points, Routers, Wireless Bridges, PCI Cards, Adapters, or PC cards; and even for Radio and GPS use.
All of our RF/Microwave Coax cable assemblies are professionally installed by well-qualified engineers with high-quality specialized crimp tools and crimp and/or solder connectors; Two connectors installed on each cable assembly unless otherwise specified. (Factory crimp tools may each cost over $250; Hand crimp / strip tools are available for sale; RF Connectors / Adapters prices vary). Bulk Cable pricing. Back to Top
>> Cross Reference 2: WLAN/Radio/RF Cable Assembly Part Numbers
(For every 3 dB of loss it cuts the signal in Half)
For 2.4 GHz WiFi applications:
Signal loss for our 10- foot RG-58 cable is about 1.9 db, and 3.8 db with a 20-foot.
Our LMR-400 equivalent cable: effective loss over 20 feet is about 1.3 db, which is trivial.
Which Cable do I need? For cables over 12 ft,
may we suggest that you use the LMR-240 OR ultra-low-loss LMR-400 or LMR 400-UltraFlex (more flexible) to help limit the amount of WiFi signal loss (i.e. obtain more signal strength),
if that would be an important factor for your application. (LMR 600 series is also available.)
Compare coax cables side by side;
LMR 240 series cable;
LMR 400 series cable;
RG 142 Teflon coaxial cable;
RG 400 Teflon coaxial cable;
Still Don't know Which Cable to use? >> Let us help you
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From 2 inch to 250+ ft in length -- all at affordable Lowest Market prices!
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*Custom / Special Orders - Contact Us
More on Brand Comparison**:
A few companies make equivalent cables/connectors
to LMR® (or WBC™, CA, etc) products nowadays; Times Microwave Systems may have the original design, and their cables are of high quality; however, just similar to the question of “generic drugs VS brand name drugs”, if you ask us which brand of cables or connectors to buy, it is our recommendation that, any equivalent cables/connectors made under the same standard, design and purpose, with equivalent materials, and tested successfully by many customers and industries, should essentially work the same for your projects – supposedly regular commercial, amateur, and military projects AND properly installed/handled (NOT making NASA spacecraft or anything critical or life-threatening like that!). Cable Handling Guidelines
It is your choice to spend a large amount of money on brand-name products, or a reasonably small amount of money on equivalent products – Be sure to follow the installation/handling guidelines of such RF/Coax products at all times. (Common Radio/TV/WiFi projects applies.)
All of our RF/Microwave Coax cable assemblies are professionally installed by well-qualified engineers with high-quality specialized crimp tools and crimp and/or solder connectors;
and over 700 customers in various industries around the globe have used our cables or connector/adapter/antenna products with satisfaction. Generally, our products are tested before shipped to customers.
**Recommendations are given on a best-effort basis, and are not certified or guaranteed; we will assist you at all times to help you achieve better results at the lowest cost possible, but customers are responsible for their own decisions - Terms and Conditions apply.
Outrageous Shipping and Handling Charges? - Not our intention! - We will refund the over-charges
Sometimes when you purchase more than one type of items online, you can be over-charged for shipping/handling in the Paypal shopping carts - that's one of the Paypal functions are we are still working on improving; but DON'T worry! - WE WILL REFUND the extra shipping/handling charges back to you ASAP (normally within 24 hrs) even
without your contacting us. (You may add a text message during check-out to request a S/H partial refund; Please provide a phone # if prefer to be contacted by phone about the refund.) We provide honest products and services and do our best to lower your cost.
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