The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has added American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval to a SCTE-developed technical standard that defines specifications for the 75-ohm MCX connector.
The ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program developed ANSI/SCTE 176 2011, Specification for 75 ohm ‘MCX’ Connector, Male & Female Interface, through SCTE’s Interface Practices Subcommittee (IPS), one of seven SCTE standards-developing subcommittees overseen by the SCTE Engineering Committee. ANSI/SCTE 176 2011 features multiple tables covering such specifics as center pin gauge, outer plug gauge and test socket.
The document specifies requirements for the male/female interface of a 75-ohm, 3-GHz-rated connector series generically known as MCX. This is an indoor connector with applications in controlled-environment headends and hub sites.
In addition, all requirements of this document are measured after installation per manufacturer’s instructions of the cable into the connector. This document addresses only the interface, not the connector body or the cable requirements. Mechanical, electrical, and environmental performance is defined to help ensure a reliable connection for permanent installations, as well as temporary adapters and calibration standards.
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