What are Type-N Connectors?

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- everything RF

Jan 12, 2019

The Type-N connector was developed in the 1940's and was named after Paul Neill of Bell Labs. This connector was developed to fulfill the need for a durable, weatherproof medium size RF connector. It is a threaded, weatherproof, medium-size RF connector that can operate up to 18 GHz. It is officially rated to operate up to 11 GHz, however, precision enhancements made it possible to use this connector for applications up to 18 GHz.

Type-N Connectors can be used in a wide range of applications like Antennas, Cellular, Military, Aerospace, Base Stations, Components, Cable Assembly, Instrumentation, Radar, Microwave, Surge Protection, WLAN, SATCOM and Telecommunications.

N-Type RF Connector Specifications

  • Frequency: Mode free up to 11 GHz (some Type-N Connectors can also operate up to 18 GHz)
  • Impedance: 50 & 75 Ohms
  • VSWR: 1.30:1 Typ. (up to 11 GHz)
  • Shielding Effectiveness: < -100 dB
  • Dielectric Withstanding Voltage: 3000 VRMS
  • Temperature: -55° C to +165° C

Type-N Connector Mechanical Specifications

  • Typical Outer Diameter (Male): 0.827 inches / 20.3 mm
  • Typical Outer Diameter (Female): 0.627 inches / 15.7 mm
  • Connector Thread: 5/8inch 24 turns per inch UNEF thread 

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