shameful-cabling gallery of infamy - does anybody know where it went?

Leigh Porter leigh.porter at
Mon Sep 10 10:38:08 UTC 2007

We used to have a POP under somebodys stairs in Bristol in the UK and
another POP in the loft of a friend of one of the employees. They sold
their house and the POP stayed there and the new owners knew nothing
about it, imagine their surprise when a telco engineer turned up wanting
to fix a fibre fault ;-)


Patrick Muldoon wrote:
> On Sep 10, 2007, at 12:34 AM, Vinny Abello wrote:
>> One of the stranger things a field tech of ours encountered wasn't
>> necessarily bad wiring (although it's not great), but the fact that
>> the demarc was located next to the toilet in the bathroom. Naturally,
>> the constant humidity caused bad corrosion problems and other issues
>> with their telco services. :) So as a general rule of thumb, avoid
>> putting your telco and/or network gear next to the crapper or the
>> services the equipment is meant to provide might also stink
> I know of one ISP that had their local POP in a small rural town,  the
> bathroom of a local store, sitting on a shelf in rather close
> proximity to the sink  (Sorry don't have pictures).  So Router, modem
> bank and a couple T1's.  The kicker was they had it all plugged into
> an extension cord that ran to another part of a back room.   More than
> 1 time we (as the local telco) had to go out there cause they where
> certain it was a problem with the Ts, When in fact someone had either
> tripped over the power cord or unplugged it somehow.
> -Patrick
> -- 
> Patrick Muldoon
> Network/Software Engineer
> INOC (
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