+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21
Wireless Networks Thread, Labelling your cabinets in Technical; With the GCSE, and ALevel pupils about to leave for their exams, I'm going to have a bit more time ...
  1. #1

    garethedmondson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Gowerton, Swansea
    Posts
    2,268
    Thank Post
    965
    Thanked 324 Times in 192 Posts
    Blog Entries
    11
    Rep Power
    165

    Labelling your cabinets

    With the GCSE, and ALevel pupils about to leave for their exams, I'm going to have a bit more time to tidy up our two rack cabinets.

    Over the years they have been setup, switches installedm, cables run - nothing labelled (yet I know where everything is LOL).

    I'm wondering how you guys label everything. The other year we purchased a labelling system that prints onto stickers - but they wouldn't stick to the network cables (they kept bending).

    So I'm wondering what you guys use to label - do you write on the cable? Do you purchase stuff in?

    Cheers

    Gareth

  2. #2


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    4,693
    Thank Post
    352
    Thanked 798 Times in 717 Posts
    Rep Power
    347
    We used to use a brother label printer which worked quite well for most things. Cables are a challenge, I've in the past used a black finetip marker to write on the end which worked OK having failed with labels!

  3. Thanks to kmount from:

    garethedmondson (10th April 2009)

  4. #3

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    1,400
    Thank Post
    303
    Thanked 304 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    82
    For cables one thing I've done + seen done elsewhere is to have a colour banding system (similar to resistors for anyone familiar with them ).

    So you'd have for instance 4 bands, with each band being one of a selection of colours. With 2 colours and 4 bands you get 16 different combinations. Expand it to 4 colours and you get 256 combinations. If you need more you just add extra bands and/or colours

    Obviously it means you have to keep a listing of combinations somewhere, unless you happen to have an amazing memory.

  5. 5 Thanks to Soulfish:

    Azhibberd (17th April 2009), garethedmondson (10th April 2009), kmount (10th April 2009), synaesthesia (10th April 2009), witch (10th April 2009)

  6. #4


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    4,693
    Thank Post
    352
    Thanked 798 Times in 717 Posts
    Rep Power
    347
    Clever!

  7. #5

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    6,114
    Thank Post
    597
    Thanked 1,054 Times in 811 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    471
    One to remember actually, I'd personally used printed labels with a touch of tape to stop them going anywhere although it didn't always look particularly good, it was effective.

    Will likely use that scheme in future, just print out a legend and stick it to the side of the cabinet

  8. #6


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    6,687
    Thank Post
    229
    Thanked 869 Times in 747 Posts
    Rep Power
    298
    for cables i use a normal label printer but attach them like a flag rather than along the cable

  9. Thanks to sted from:

    garethedmondson (10th April 2009)

  10. #7

    john's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    10,362
    Thank Post
    1,499
    Thanked 1,053 Times in 922 Posts
    Rep Power
    303
    Bradey Label Printers are good for this job they make some for cables that print the name / info around it on a white bit and then you wrap it round the cable and its got a long bit attached to it of over-laminate and that covers the label so it makes a very secure label on the cable.

    As for other ways, different coloured cables are good ways of doing it so have servers one colour, phones another, uplinks, cross overs etc etc (you get the drift).

  11. #8
    eduabncs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    somewhere in the midlands
    Posts
    394
    Thank Post
    31
    Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
    Rep Power
    28

    Wink

    There are specialist labels for this...!

    A quick google and....

    Sharpmark UK - Product Information

    Cable Labels


  12. 2 Thanks to eduabncs:

    garethedmondson (10th April 2009), UKDarkstar (13th April 2009)

  13. #9
    linkazoid's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    650
    Thank Post
    119
    Thanked 90 Times in 74 Posts
    Rep Power
    78
    Quote Originally Posted by eduabncs View Post
    There are specialist labels for this...!

    Cable Labels

    Can vouch for these, we use them and they work perfectly. Just print from your normal laserjet.

    The exe can be a bit of a pain tho, but it works....

    Michael

  14. #10

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,043
    Thank Post
    1,423
    Thanked 2,455 Times in 1,716 Posts
    Rep Power
    717
    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    For cables one thing I've done + seen done elsewhere is to have a colour banding system (similar to resistors for anyone familiar with them ).

    So you'd have for instance 4 bands, with each band being one of a selection of colours. With 2 colours and 4 bands you get 16 different combinations. Expand it to 4 colours and you get 256 combinations. If you need more you just add extra bands and/or colours

    Obviously it means you have to keep a listing of combinations somewhere, unless you happen to have an amazing memory.

    Resistor colour code: er...black brown red orange yellow green blue violet grey white!! (0-9 simplistically)
    And all without looking it up!

    To think that that stuff I learned as an electronics engineer all those years ago could come in useful now...I'm gonna use it to label my cabinets

  15. #11

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    6,114
    Thank Post
    597
    Thanked 1,054 Times in 811 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    471
    I'm glad you can remember all of that, I certainly can't Spent many an hour trying to remember but never managed it. When it come to actually using it we had Google to hand

  16. #12

    garethedmondson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Gowerton, Swansea
    Posts
    2,268
    Thank Post
    965
    Thanked 324 Times in 192 Posts
    Blog Entries
    11
    Rep Power
    165
    Some great ideas here guys. Many thanks,

    Our colour coding is simple - grey cables for CAT5/5e and green for CAT 6. Simple.

    This is why I want labelling LOL. It's already there so I cannot really afford to replace different cable swith different colours.

    I like the cable label system. Will look at that in more detail when I get back into school.

    Cheers everyone

    GJE

  17. #13

    Edu-IT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    7,196
    Thank Post
    404
    Thanked 627 Times in 573 Posts
    Rep Power
    182
    Some of our cables are labeled up with little tags that attach to the cables in a cable tie like way. Not sure what they're called though?

  18. #14

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    1,400
    Thank Post
    303
    Thanked 304 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    82
    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    I'm glad you can remember all of that, I certainly can't Spent many an hour trying to remember but never managed it. When it come to actually using it we had Google to hand
    Google was always a godsend when looking up resistor codes

  19. #15

    matt40k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ipswich
    Posts
    4,439
    Thank Post
    368
    Thanked 649 Times in 530 Posts
    Rep Power
    160
    Grey patch > switch (or machine > point)
    purple ILO
    red staff internet
    blue pupil internet
    orange to server

    green is normally for crossover

    All non-grey\green have paper labels with sellotape (sp?) over the top or with on of those dyno thingys.

    Basically anything purple your die by techy hands, anything red by teacher, anything blue, well you might live... maybe, anything orange, well... depends what it is (there is (at least) two per server).

    Grey... well, depends again, you might get lucky, or you might not make it out of room

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 18th March 2009, 10:19 PM
  2. Weird DHCP labelling
    By Andi in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18th August 2008, 11:57 AM
  3. Physically labelling ICT Suite machines
    By _Bat_ in forum General Chat
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 8th January 2008, 11:52 AM
  4. Labelling network points
    By sidewinder in forum General Chat
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 2nd October 2007, 09:00 PM
  5. automatic print job labelling like on faxes
    By NetworkGeezer in forum Windows
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26th October 2006, 05:55 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •