Category Archives: SMA connector

Nautilus range expands with new IP67 rated right angle SMA connector

We’ve expanded our range of Nautilus connectors with the introduction of a IP67 right angle SMA connector.

IP67 right angle SMA

The right angle version is bulkhead mounted an includes an external o-ring to prevent ingress through the panel, coupled with an internal seal which stops moisture entering through the centre contact achieves an IP67 rating.

The Nautilus connectors are offered as part of a full cable assembly, the most popular options for the other end of the cable assembly are Hirose U.FL or IPex MHF connector types which normally mate with Wi-Fi, GSM or GPS communications modules.  However we offer a huge variety of connector options for the other end of the cable, all the way from tiny micro connectors, such as I-Pex MHF4, through to larger bulkhead connectors, such as N and TNC.  We can also supply in many different coaxial cable types.

This link takes you to the main GradConn website and the specific resource page for the right angle SMA connector, where you’ll find a PDF drawing, 3d model and links to build and request cable assemblies.

We have a wide range of Nautilus IP67 rated SMA connectors, with many straight bulkhead versions and also PCB mounted variants.  The full range of cable mounted waterproof connectors, including SMA types here.   PCB mounted SMA connectors are here.

Rear Mount SMA connector

Guide to rear mount SMA connector

Rear Mount SMA connector

Customers often ask us about SMA mounting,  industry terminology can be confusing.  This guide to help you understand how to mount a rear mount SMA connector in a panel quickly and easily.

There’s often confusion about front and rear mount SMA connectors.   Rear mount means that the main body of the SMA connector, including the large nut is mounted inside the panel cut out, the washer and nut are screwed up outside of the panel. Rear mount SMA is the most common mounting method in the market place today.   See our front mount guide here.

GradConn offer rear mount SMA connector solutions in five options:

  • Straight SMA – Standard
  • Right Angle SMA
  • Straight RP SMA – Reverse Polarity with male centre pin
  • Nautilus waterproof straight SMA
  • Nautilus waterproof RP-SMA  – Reverse Polarity with male centre pin

Nautilus is a range of IP 67 & 68 rated connectors, find out more at our Nautilus web pages.

To create a cable assembly go to our coaxial cable assembly builder

Finally, if you require any help or advice with front mount SMA connectors then contact GradConn. 

Guide to Front mount SMA connectors

Guide to front mount SMA connectors

Guide to Front mount SMA connectors

We hope you find GradConns front mount SMA connectors mounting guide useful! Customers often ask  about SMA mounting,  industry terminology can be confusions.  This is the first in series of guides to help you understand how to mount SMA connectors in a panel quickly and easily.

There’s often confusion about front and rear mount SMA connectors.   Front mount means that the main body of the SMA connector including the large nut is mounted at the front of the panel cut out, with the washer and nut screwed up from inside the panel.   This style is used to provide a tamper proof solution, as the connector cannot be unscrewed from outside the panel.  See our guide to rear mount connectors.

GradConn offer front mount SMA connector solutions in three options, standard SMA, Nautilus RP-SMA (reverse polarity) and  Nautilus SMA.   Nautilus is a range of IP 67 & 68 rated connectors, find out more at our Nautilus web pages.

To create a cable assembly go to our coaxial cable assembly builder

Finally, if you require any help or advice with front mount SMA connectors then contact GradConn. 

Looking for a waterproof SMA jack connector?

Waterproof SMA connectors IP67 & IP68

Our customers often seek to prevent ingress of moisture and particles into SMA jack connectors.   The applications range from splash proof, up to fully submersed underwater.

Working hand in hand with customers, GradConn developed a waterproof SMA jack connector.   The Nautilus range of coaxial connectors offers IP67 & IP68 testing to 5 meters depth.  Testing also extends to particle ingress IP6x and pressure.

The image above shows the point of entry for water ingress when the connector is mounted in a panel.   The ‘problem’ section shows water ingress through the center contact and also thru the panel cutout.

The two ‘solution’ images show waterproofing of SMA connectors:

  • Rear mount SMA waterproof connector solution:
    • This is the most popular type of SMA, with the washer and nut screwing up on the outside of the panel.  The Nautilus solution contains both an external and internal O-Ring to prevent ingress.
  • Front mount SMA waterproof connector solution:
    • Using this type of connector allows the panel to be effectively tamper proof, as the washer and nut are tightened inside the panel.

A range of other Nautilus waterproof connector types are available, such as RP SMA, BNC, TNC and RP TNC. Front and rear mount options are available, an example of front mount and rear mount is shown in the image above.

Got to http://www.gradconn.com/Products/IP-Rated-Coaxial-Cable-Assemblies to browse existing cable assemblies, build a custom cable and download detailed test data.