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Wire Connectors selection guide

24th January 2022

Wire Connectors selection guide

When connecting wires to different outlets, you’ll need different types of connectors to ensure everything works. 

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What Are The Different Types of Wire Connectors?

The three types of connectors used in wiring are Twisted Pair Connectors, Coaxial Connectors and Fibre Optic Connectors. We’ll talk you through the benefits and uses of each one. 

Twisted Pair Connectors

Twisted Pair Connectors have been around since 1975, and are the go-to connection of choice for many forms of data transfer. Think things like telephone sockets and older internet connections, and twisted pair connectors are probably the connection for you. 

These connectors are good for reducing electrical noise and crosstalk, and are largely affordable. However, they do have a tendency to break easily. Be careful not to put too much strain on them during installation.

Coaxial Connectors

A Coaxial Connector, or RF Connector, is most commonly associated with TV cables. These connectors are used for multiple other purposes, including the transmission of radio frequencies, two-way radios, certain Wi-Fi receivers and scientific equipment. 

Their evolution has boomed since 2000, when modern satellite connections started to see a surge in demand. With the ability to watch, record, rewind and replay live TV, the coaxial connector really has a job to do. 

Fibre Optic Connectors 

The most modern of the connector types, Fibre Optic Connectors are used for high-speed internet and telecommunications networks. Chances are, if you’ve got a fast internet connection at home, it’s powered by a fibre optic cable. 

These connectors are made up of lots of tiny fibres that pass light along them, making them much faster and stronger than traditional cables.

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How Do You Choose a Wire Connector?

Identifying the right connector will depend entirely on the job you need it for. Choose the wrong cable and whatever you’re installing simply won’t work. 

As a simple rule of thumb, if you're connecting a telephone you’ll need a twisted pair connection. 

If you are connecting a television, you’ll need a coaxial connection. 

If you are connecting to the internet, you’ll need a fibre optic connection.

Modern appliances will all have a jack on them that only suits the required connection type. With this in mind, if the cable you have purchased does not fit into your appliance, then you require a different cable.

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Take a look at our extensive range of connectors and make the most of our next day delivery service to ensure you’re ready for any job. 

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