Q: What is the termination cap with the tool sleeve that is installed on the inline distribution ports found on most poles for cable TV?
A: What you are describing is a hex nut that is put on the distribution splitter before the line goes to a home. It has a tool sleeve that requires a special socket tool. It`s more like a cable theft-prevention device.
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