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What is a Coax Outlet?

Hey everyone! Today I will talk about coax outlets and how they’re used in appliances such as televisions, cable modems, digital routers, and satellite receivers for data transmission.

We have some cool visuals to show you the different coax outlets. And if you’re interested in installing a coax outlet yourself, we’ve got you covered with some relevant rules and practices to keep in mind, as well as the main steps involved in the installation process.

Let’s dive into the world of coax outlets!

Coax Outlets

Appliances like televisions, cable modems, digital routers, and satellite receivers for data transmission use coax outlets. They connect to a splitter or distribution panel.

They are also used in similar devices related to cable television and the internet. They provide a convenient way to connect them to a splitter or distribution panel.

A coax outlet with an F-connector face plate is typically white, ivory, or brown. A coaxial cable is connected to the outlet at one end and the input or output connector behind the device on the other end.

Here are three different views of a coaxial outlet.

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Front ViewSide ViewBack View

Three views of a coaxial outlet [Amazon]

Coax outlets come in dual form, i.e., a single outlet with two coaxial connectors.

Installing a Coax Outlet

a coax outlet with two connectors
A coax outlet with two connectors [Lowes]

a grounded coax cable outlet
A grounded coax cable outlet [Stauffer & Rosenberg, 2009, p. 226]

Here are a few relevant rules and practices relating to installing a coaxial outlet:

  • A coax outlet is typically installed near the electrical service equipment, where it will be required.
  • You cannot install communication cables in the same boxes as power outlets. An exception is only made for a telephone outlet on a duplex receptacle.
  • The outer metallic shield of the incoming coaxial cable must be grounded.


If you want to install a coax outlet, here are the main steps:

Step 1: Lock the Box into Place

Once the coax outlet box is in place, secure it with a screwdriver, according to the type of screw it came with. The brackets will firmly secure it inside the wall.

Step 2: Install a Cable ‘F’ Jack

Screw the F-connector jack through the back of the outlet’s plate and tighten it with a wrench. When the connection is secure, screw the plate on, keeping the holes aligned.

Step 3: Check the Cable

Always check the cable after attaching the outlet to ensure the connection works.

Connect the coaxial cable to the splitter or distribution panel. Test the connected device to ensure it’s working. The signal or picture quality will tell you if it’s acceptable.

If the device has an indicator light that lights up, usually in red, there might be something wrong with the cable. If there’s a test button, press that and re-check.


Coaxial standard duplex wall plate outlet https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech/5013545203.

Jones Stauffer & Paul Rosenberg. Residential wiring. Jones & Barlett Learning. 2009.

Simple Coax outlet. They were retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-40681-W-Connector-Decora-Insert/dp/B000FKDML4/

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