cable connectors page.
Buying individual cable connectors for wireless devices can be difficult, both in correctly identifying the connector, and finding a supplier who sells them. In my experience it is easiest and cheaper to buy a short (50cm or less) converter cable from the manufacturer, which will have a standard N-Type connector on one end and the manufacturers connector on the other, ready for screwing straight onto the wireless device. These short cables are often refered to as pigtails.
There are three main types of converters, for TNC, SMA, and MC connectors.
The TNC connector is usually found mainly on access-points, such as the Linksys WAP11.
For TNC connectors I recommend the SMC cable SMCANT-CAB25, shown in the picture on the left. This has an N-Connector on one end, and a TNC connector on the other, and is 25 inches long.
There is also a 78 inch version, made from thicker cable (LMR-400) the SMCANT-CAB78. The shorter 25 inch cable is more flexible and cheaper, so can be easier to install. It should cost about 29 dollars (us).
The SMA connector is found on both some access points such as from D-Link, and PCI wireless cards, such as the Belkin F5D6001 and the Netgear MA311.
I can recommend the D-Link ECB-ANT240800 cable shown on the right, which is 50cm long, and has an N-connector on one end and an SMA connector on the other. They cost about 10 pounds (uk). I haven't found a US supplier yet, but when I do, I'll post it here.
The MC connector, also often referred to as a Lucent connector, as it first appeared on pcmcia cards by Lucent, is usually found on pcmcia cards, such as the Buffalo WLI-PCM-L11G. I usually use the Buffalo pigtail WLE-LNC-3.
This is a short 12 inch cable with a female N connector on the end for connecting directly to an antenna cable, unlike the converters for TNC and SMA connectors which come with male N connectors. It should cost around 16 pounds (uk) or 18 dollars (us).
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