Cable Colors

Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr. LarrySheldon at
Tue Jun 17 00:47:07 UTC 2008

I am seriously old school--"patch cords" for me conjure (in addition to 
the modern views) 4-wire patches and coax patches (some of which were 
called "hairpins").

To me far more important that color is tags, one on each end if it is 
more that a foot long.

The tags should have a short (two or three word) description, the 
authority for the patch (person's name or position, order number, or 
trouble ticket number) and where the _other_ end of the patch is, 
followed by where _this_ is.  (For short cords "this" will cover both 
ends, probably.

Why "this end"?  Make a mistake and pull the wrong one out of a mostly 
clear jack-field sometime.  Clarity will occur.
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