Please note: While these Termination Instructions offer a helpful guide, they should always be used alongside current connector system manufacturing instructions for best results. Based on Gore’s testing, Ethernet Cat6A performance can be achieved using the MIL-DTL-38999 Connector System with respect only to the specific data channel. But, Gore cannot guarantee signal integrity because of the wide variety of configurations available for this connector system and application-specific conditions. So the only way to ensure installed performance of this connector system is to test the specific design under actual operating conditions using frequency domain analytical tools.

About the Termination Instructions

These termination instructions are intended solely for terminating Gore’s 4-pair Cat6A Ethernet cables with the plug and receptacle versions of the MIL-DTL-38999 General Purpose Connector System. They first detail the tools and materials you’ll need, which include:

  • Needle nose pliers and hand strippers
  • Tweezer scissors, scalpel and cutters
  • Crimpers (M22520/2-01 / AFM8)
  • Socket positioner (K41) and pin positioner (K-42)
  • Copper foil tape (3M-3313)
  • Probe/pick and braid brush
  • Heat gun and contact insertion tool (M81969/14-01)

Preparing the cable and parts, terminating the receptacle connector (Termination A) and plug connector (Termination B), closing the connectors, and performing required testing are all covered thoroughly with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and visual aids, like photos and illustrations, to help you ensure proper termination.

Performing Required Testing

You should perform all required testing. Gore recommends the assembly should, at the minimum, be verified for proper wiring and continuity, and checked for shorts. You may be required to complete additional testing by local authorities and/or end-users. Gore recommends testing the final assembly using an advanced signal iIntegrity tester such as the Fluke Networks® DSX-5000 or equivalent.

Contact Gore Representative for More Information or Assistance

Terminating Gore’s wires and cables properly with connectors ensures high-speed data transmission with optimal signal integrity. These assembly termination instructions should only be used for the 4-pair design of GORE Ethernet Cables for Cat6A protocol with the plug and receptacle versions of the MIL-DTL-38999 General Purpose Connector System.

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