I am going to try and organise our patch cabinets over the next 6 months so that the cables refer to a colour which refers to the type of device, im sick of seeing all grey or all blue and trying to guess what is what.
I have seen CAT6 0.5m cables for £0.62 each in Yellow, Red, Black, Blue, Grey and Green. I prefer Cat6 over Cat5e but the colour selection for Cat5e is better with Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White and Yellow.
I was wondering if anyone knows any suppliers who can give a price of £0.62 per 0.5m but offer a better range of colours of patch cables.
Is the rest of your cabling CAT6, if not don't bother with CAT6.
We used to do 3 patch panels and switch, 3 panels and switch and 0.5m is perfect for this and nice and tidy.
I used to use Comms Express for my cables.
Jamo (31st August 2013)
There are plenty of other options such as adding coloured tapes, sleeve Dymo onto fewer colours.
If you have paid good money to get your data over CAT 6 or better to your cabinet using cheapo Cat5 patch cables seems a bit lame to me.
I use CAT6 all the time even for patch leads, the only thing is existing patch leads (before my time) are still in place (cat5e) i think some are even cat5 but those that are cat5 aren't connected to a gigabit switch but would still like to bring it all up to the same standard. The main structured cabling to machines and uplinks are all at least 5e with 5e being phased out.
making cables to length is the only real option for 100% neatness. its worth it in the long run. especially if you do it during the holidays, it saves so much tme during term time when you need to be "in and out" as quickly as possibleh
Without cable management it just goes horribly wrong!
You mention a list of colours, but not different types of device.
I want to do this here at some point and have a selection of coloured cables ready for it.
I can only think of the following:
Oddities (those few devices which don't fit elsewhere)
How many colours do you need?
It would be
Yellow: IP Cameras
Black: Copper Uplink
Either Blue or Grey: Computers
Blue: for computers in the room obviously these would need more than 0.5m :P
Any other colour for other bits which i cant think of at get moment.
As for cables in the main cab where the smoothwall lives along with the ruchus controllers ill have to think of a colour and stick with it. This cab needs a complete rethink as there are patches all over the place, think oct half term may be devoted to sorting that out.
Hills Components do them... Hills Components UK and at £0.60 each for the 0.5m and £0.80 for 1m ones
Last edited by timbo343; 31st August 2013 at 01:48 PM.
I tend to tag patch cables onto a CPC order if I'm after any at any time. RJ45 Patch Leads - Cat6 | CPC | Results
I've tried to tidy our cabinets at one point, however I spent 2 days on one once and it didn't look any better at the end of it because the actual cabinet is so damn small!
I still like using short cables with a patch panned either side of a 48 port switch.
I patch with longer cables and 1U cable-brush-entry panels. Looks neat to my eye. Every cable in the cab should have a unique label at either end anyway. Got the coloured ones from fruity cables.
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