Which P-Touch should I have?

Joe Hamelin joe at nethead.com
Thu Feb 16 23:33:35 CST 2012


Give me a link to the labeling section and I'll let you know if I've seen
it in the wild.  I'm out in the field now (got sick of the desk) and see a
lot of commercial/retail plants.

I doubt that it's going on in retail, except maybe Lowe's Hardware.  They
do love MM fiber and just did a nation-wide network upgrade to gigabit
everywhere in the stores.  But then again, the label specs were kinda hit
and miss.

Sadly I've seen no IPv6 in any retail shops.

--
Joe Hamelin, W7COM, Tulalip, WA, 360-474-7474


On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM, Kenneth M. Chipps Ph.D.
<chipps at chipps.com>wrote:

> I don't suppose anyone follows the TIA-606-B Administration Standard for
> the
> Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings when labeling
> things like cables.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Owen DeLong [mailto:owen at delong.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:42 PM
> To: William Herrin
> Cc: NANOG
> Subject: Re: Which P-Touch should I have?
>
> >
> > For cable labeling I've had good results with 3M Scotch Super88 color
> > electrical tape. Pick unique color bands for each cable. Band it
> > identically at both ends. You don't have to squint to see how it's
> > labeled. And the label isn't invalidated merely because you unplugged
> > it from one place and plugged it in somewhere else.
> >
>
> I usually use labels printed on all sides in about a 14 point font that
> have
> a unique number followed by a - and a length. So, for example, 10294-4.5 is
> a 4.5' long cable number 10294.
>
> You might need to squint a bit to read it, but, 14 points is usually pretty
> legible and being printed 4 times on the label (3 of which remain visible
> on
> the average cat5/cat6 cable) means you usually don't have to futz with
> twirling the cable to find the label.
>
> I usually have the labels installed ~2" from the plug at each end.
>
> In a crowded deployment, I think the color bands would be like trying to
> read resistor color codes in a box of ~1,000 mixed resistors. You're going
> to end up squinting anyway.  With my tactic, you have the additional
> advantage that you get a defined search radius within which the other end
> can be located.
>
> Using serial-number labels instead of equipment-specific labels means that
> mine aren't invalidated either.
>
> Owen
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