TVTechnology: Goodbye BNC, Hello 8P8C

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TVTechnology The humble BNC connector has been around for so long that most broadcast engineers don’t even know what the letters “BNC” mean.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this article on the impending end for our old friend, the BNC (Bayonet Neill Concelman) connector.  It seems the faithful servant of the amateur radio and commercial broadcast community is being phased out in favor of something called an 8P8C connector, which “TV Technology” reporter Craig Morris calls “a cheap but rather unsatisfactory plastic…connector on a dual unshielded twisted pair (UTP).”  According to Morris, cost is the motivating factor behind the effort to replace the BNC/coax infrastructure common to broadcasting and amateur radio.  That replacement is best known to us a the “ethernet cable.”  Full integration of the 8P8C connector will take a bit of time while companies standardize the various protocols used in broadcasting and entertainment systems.  But the future is rapidly approaching.   If the BNC connector is on the way out, what about the even older “UHF” connector?  Not all changes in the name of cost are good.  I think I’ll maintain my stock of BNC and UHF connectors for awhile.  Ethernet connectors, such as the 8P8C seem to be more fragile than their older, metallic cousins the BNC and UHF.  Time will tell.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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