• What cable test should be performed immediately after installing a structured cable, typically before the cable is terminated?
    In general you would want to do a continuity test to test your cables using a multimeter.  After you've tested continuity you can then terminate your cables and retest the cables using a tester as well.  We do offer different types of testers that can be found here:  http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=105&cp_id=10524

  • What is the difference between "Solid" and "Stranded"?

    The difference between solid and stranded cables is in the structure of the cable itself.  Stranded cables are made of many thin cables twisted together to form a single larger cable, where as solid cables are made of singular thick cables.  Due to it's composite, stranded cables tend to be much more flexible and malleable than solid cables, but may not carry power or data quite as far or reliably as a solid cable.  For longer or in-wall lengths, we recommend using solid, while for shorter lengths of out of wall patch cables we recommend using stranded.


  • Whats the difference between compression and crimping adapters?
    F-type connectors have a center pin for the center conductor, and the shield connects to the body of the connector. A "F" connector screws onto the threaded connector on the TV or other component. On a crimp connector, the outer shield of the cable crimps or squeezes onto the body of the connector. The center conductor either crimps or solders to the center pin of the connector. In a compression connector, the outer shield of the cable is compressed against the body of the cable with a threaded nut. The center conductor either crimps or solders to the cable. You need a special crimping tool to connect the shield to the crimp F connector. But you only need standard hand tools to connect the shield of a compression F connector. The crimp connection only takes a few seconds to make. As a professional installer, you would benefit from making faster crimp connections. But you cannot disassemble a crimp connection.