Male vs. Female Cable Connectors June 02, 2015

To determine if a connector is male or female look at the threads used on the connector. If the connector threads are on a housing that spins you have the male version of that connector. 

Conversely, if the threads are not on a spinning housing but are instead on the outside of the connector than you have a female connector

NOTE: Most professionals assume that the connector tip is what determines male vs female. The connector tip determines the polarity of the connector.

 
 Examples:
  • SMA Male Connector
 
  • SMA Female Connector

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