How Long Should it Take to Terminate Cables?

At CEDIA Expo, integrators successfully terminate Cat 5 and coax cable in competition. How do your technicians compare?

CE Pro Editors · November 28, 2012

Terminating cable in the field is a time-consuming part of any technician’s job. Just how long should it take to do it properly?

Judging from the skillsets displayed by some installers, not long.

Distributor ADI once again held its Skills Challenge at CEDIA Expo 2012 where technicians were invited to try their hand at fishing cable and terminating coax, Cat 5 and audio cable. As part of the competition, technicians used the proper tool and then had to test the signal integrity.

In this video, Brent Remole of Cornerstone Electric and Media Services in High Point, N.C. successfully terminates this Cat 5 in 2 minutes, 29 seconds using the proper stripper tool.

In this video, Bill McGinnis of Sherman’s Homeworks in Peoria, Ill. successfully terminates an F Connector onto a coax cable in less than 45 seconds using a crimper.

How do your technicians compare in the field? Is that average, fast or slow? Show your installers these videos and let us know their reactions.



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