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General Chat Thread, Labelling network points in General; Like most places where cabling has been done over a number of years by different companies (and including worst of ...
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    Labelling network points

    Like most places where cabling has been done over a number of years by different companies (and including worst of all, NS Optimum) we are in a situation where some areas of the school are very confusing when it comes to what cab points go back to

    So after a lot of work going round the school and collecting info, and a lucky find of some old plans with a lot of now non existant points on, Im finally ina position to start a big relabling job.

    Im going to identify each cabinet with a letter, so it should be fairly easy to quickly see where a point goes back to.
    What Im not sure about is whether I should start at 001 in each block or carry on the numbering around the site

    Eg should I do this:

    A/001, A/002 to A/130 in 1 block
    then
    B/001, B/001 to B/130 in another

    OR

    A/0001 - A/0130 in 1 block
    then
    B/0131 - B/0250 in another

    Which is the most usual way of doing it?

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    Re: Labelling network points

    I would go with the first method.

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Hi sidewinder;

    Whenever I've undergone a huge job like that ive utilised

    A/001, A/002 to A/130 in 1 block
    then
    B/001, B/001 to B/130 in another

    and then kept some documentation as to which number ports are located in which room.

    The new PFI build I moved into last year must have been taged and labelled by monkeys using a randomiser.

    ie Room CG1 ports go.....

    UG001, UG002, UG003, UG045, UG005 and so on looking for UG004 made us end up in CF4 (next floor up)

    Strange!!!

    =0)

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Yeah, the first method - start a new port index at each different cabinet

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    Re: Labelling network points

    In the middle of a similar job at the moment... isn't it fun to find so many naming conventions and handwritten point id's where you've had dozens of contractors in over the past 10 years 8O

    Anyway, your first method is what we do

    Cab ID and then point number e.g

    C1\001 - C1\128
    C2\001 - C2\128

    and so on

    It works for us, but we've only got about 9 or 10 cabs. there may be an easier method if you've got dozens and dozens of cabs.

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    Re: Labelling network points

    What about Cab/Patch Panel/Port

    So A/1/24 is

    Cabinet A
    Patch Panel 1 in cabinet A
    Port 24 on Patch Panel 1 in Cabinet A

    Ben

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Thanks guys

    Thats a good idea plexor, didnt think of that

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    Re: Labelling network points

    I use the same method as plexer... works well (as long as you can remember which cab is where )

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Currently we use room number (which consists of G or F prefix then a number) then a number. so G1-1, G1-2, G2-1, G2-2, etc etc. We then have documentation that shows what points go back to what cabs.
    But that does rely on the fact that we have a standard room numbering (as well as classroom names). seems to work but I like plexers way. Gives the patch number some meaning and relevance & a tad quicker finding that patch panel than scrolling along all the patch bays to find it!

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    Re: Labelling network points

    in the summer we went around each and every network socket in the school to figure out where it went to.

    We labelled them like so:
    1/2/5

    The first number being a cabinet number (a list we maintain),
    The second being the patch panel in the cabinet.
    The third being the socket number on the patch panel.

    It's well worth going around every point and testing them in the long run we found. We discovered some of the sockets wired by third parties to actually have pins out!! We had to redo some of them

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Use similar to plexor

    eg: 7-A-15

    Cab 7
    Patch Panel A
    Patch Panel Port 15

    All recorded and attached to kit going both ways in GLPi.

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Hey guys no "o" in plexer

    Ben

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    Re: Labelling network points

    Sos, too early in the morning for brain to work...plexer it is.

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    Re: Labelling network points

    plexer: I've heard worse - "plextor"

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    Re: Labelling network points

    could be much worse: p|3xt0rz0rz for instance.

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