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    Cables for patch panels

    Hi I was just wondering, does anyone know of any kind of standard for colours of cables when wiring up a comms cab? For example yellow for wifi points green for networked printers etc? Or is it purley a matter of choice and preference on the administrators part?

    Any thoughts would be kindly appreicated

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    Generally it seems to be different every workplace.

    Here it's generally blue for PoE, so wireless or phones etc.
    Red~ normally printer.
    Grey data
    Others for SAN/VM etc etc

    Steve

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    Whatever you want and document, we use RED for POE i.e RED = Power

    Ben

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    Makes sense

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    Don't know of a standard but we try to stick to:
    Red - POE carrying cables
    Yellow - data for phones / cameras
    purple / grey - normal data.

    But that's based on what we had available!

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    Lol, I actually sat down and produced a colour chart a few months back, then bought a load of cables. Yet to implement it though. The first cabinet is being repatched over half term. From memory I've gone for...

    Grey - PC data points
    Green - Servers
    Blue - Switch uplinks
    Black - Telephones
    White - WiFi
    Red - PoE

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    Wow, can I just say thanks guys, didnt expect so many responses so quickly. I take my hat off to you all (if i had one on!!!)

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    We split our network into lots of vlans and colour cables to the vlan so we can tell from the cab what vlan a port is in.

    We use a lot so a few choice ones are:-
    Yellow = classrooms
    Purple = IT Rooms
    White = offices
    Orange = servers
    Pink boots/white cable = printers
    Black = cameras
    Green = WiFi

    I could go on but you get the idea. It kind of depends how picky you want to be. We also number each cable end in each cabinet to add in finding the cables from patch to switch.

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    Here there is (something) of a colour scheme, which I'll be extending/enforcing over the summer upgrade.

    Grey/Blue (to become just blue) - regular data in cabinets and cable runs
    Yellow - phones
    Red - servers
    Orange/Grey - regular data from port to PC
    Purple - WiFi
    Pink tag on cable - PoE carrier

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    Grey = pc links
    Red = of patch links
    Yellow =servers
    Green = up links
    Blue = Telephone / poe

    Then another in the server room

    Red = iSCSI
    Green = vMotion
    Blue = service console / management
    Yellow = server data


    I'm sure I'm forgetting a few!

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    We use:

    Grey = PC
    Yellow = uplinks
    Green = printers
    Red = wifi
    Black = phones
    Blue = servers
    Orange = boilers
    Pink = n/a
    Purple = CCTV
    White = n/a

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    Grey - PC data points
    Green - Servers
    Blue - Switch uplinks
    Black - Telephones
    White - WiFi
    Red - PoE

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    What ever I get my hands on that is the right size for what I need...

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    Red, anything important, Ruckus ZD, firewall
    Orange, ISL
    Yellow, WAP host PoE switches to core
    Green, PoE to WAPs
    Blue, digital signage
    Grey, usually single host connections, PCs etc
    Black, servers directly connected not patched i.e. cache server, windows server

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    As long as it's documented it doesn't matter what you use.

    Always stick with Grey for computer to network points as thats the most common (and therefore cheapest) colour.
    Red is always good for important links that you mustnt touch such as uplinking switches together and connecting your router(s) to your network.

    Other than that, the world is your oyster!

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