What is Coaxial Cable RG6 and Its Applications?
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What is Coaxial Cable RG6 and Its Applications?

In many different commercial and residential applications, RG-6/U coaxial cable is used. This type of coaxial cable has 75 ohms as its characteristic impedance. The term, RG-6, is used for a different variety of cable designs, and their shielding characteristics may vary from each other.

Hongsen Cable is a China-based company that has been making such coaxial cable RG6 since 2002. They can also offer you customized cable based on your requirement.

Coaxial cables were used for many years for various applications e.g., commercial radio transmission and cable television transmission by offering high-frequency signal transmission.

Coaxial cables were invented by Oliver Heaviside, which are electrical copper-based cable wire having inner conductors that are surrounded by a certain tubular insulating layer, and then wrapped together by using a metallic shield that is often a synthetic outside jacket too.

They have been named “coaxial” because the inner conductor and also outer shield share the same geometric axis.

The unique about these coax cables is their ability to function as a transmission line by controlled cable dimensions and with constant conductor spacing.


The difference between RG59 cable and RG6 cable

The gauge of RG6 cable will be heavier and also has shielding and insulation tuned for high-frequency, high-bandwidth applications e.g.

  • Internet signals

  • Cable TV signals

  • Satellite TV signals

In case, you are not too sure which will be the right cable choice then RG6 cable will be your best choice. RG59 cable will be thinner and is meant for low frequency and low bandwidth applications e.g., analogue video and also CCTV installations.


The differences between RG6 quad and RG6

Both the cables of RG6 and RG6Q have got the same size of conductor i.e., copper-clad steel of 18 AWG, aluminium braid layer with a foil layer. So far as the main difference between these two cables is concerned, it will be in their amount of shielding.

There will be 2 layers of shielding on the RG6 cable. Hence, they are also called “dual shield” cables. Starting from the jacket your RG6 cable has:

  • Aluminium foil polyester tape

  • 60% Aluminium Braid

  • Copper-clad steel conductor of 18 AWG

  • Nitrogen-injected dielectric insulation from foam polyethylene


An RG6Q cable will have 4 total layers of shielding that will start from the jacket and the RG6Q cable has the following characteristics:

  • 100% coverage APA foil or 40% aluminium alloyed braid

  • Aluminium foil-polyester tape

  • Nitrogen-injected foam-based polyethylene dielectric insulation

  • Copper-clad steel conductor of 18 AWG

Also, the additional shielding layers will make the RG6Q cable a little thicker, and so it is heavier, than your RG6 cable. The diameter of this RG6Q cable is also a little larger as compared to the RG6 cable.

Nowadays these RG6 cables have become quite popular and this kind of coaxial cable can be seen in almost all types of installation of cables and also can easily work with many different kinds of electronic systems.

Also, as compared to any other variety of cables, the RG-6 cables are relatively more affordable as far as their use and compatibility are concerned.