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Re: Simple Cable Marking Standards
From: "Justin M. Streiner" <streiner () cluebyfour org>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:37:58 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 18 Feb 2012, Don Gould wrote:

I would like to make a wiki page with links to useful resources.
This issue cased me problems last week.
I don't know what the conventions are.

The conventions often work back to whatever is appropriate in your environment. Some people use TIA/EIA 606-A as a starting point and work out from there. Other shops are much less formal. Still others do no labeling whatsoever.

My employer's standard for copper data and voice wiring was already pretty well formed by the time I started. There really wasn't anything in place for fiber, so I developed a standard for naming racks, fiber bays within a rack, and connectors within a bay. Cross-connect information (source rack/bay/connector(s), destination rack/bay/connector(s), anong with useful items like jumper type/length and any free-form notes, end-to-end test results, etc will eventually be stored in a database, using a path ID (analogous to a telco circuit ID) that is labeled on each jumper in the path and the interface descriptions of the end devices. It's one of those projects I've been wanting to get back to, but workload and diminishing DB/development kung-fu have conspired against me so far :(

The long-term goal is to get that all of that accessible from a web app that can be access in the field by a tech with a laptop or a mobile device.


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