Cable Colors

Michael Smith mksmith at
Tue Jun 17 03:55:54 UTC 2008

And not having to worry about a color-blind tech.  :-)


From: Christian Koch <christian at>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:20:59 -0400
To: Michael Smith <mksmith at>
Cc: JoeSox <joesox at>, <nanog at>
Subject: Re: Cable Colors

i guess thats what having a good data center manager is all about - being
prepared and keeping things uniform and to a standard they define...

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:15 PM, Michael Smith <mksmith at> wrote:
> Hi Joe:
>> >
>> > Hello Newbie here (hopefully I have the correct list),
>> >
>> > I was just wondering if anyone knows of a website with recommended
>> > colors for cables for a new datacenter?
>> > I have written some things down but I don't want to get stuck saying
>> > 'darn, I wish I would have bought this color for this type, now I am
>> > stuck'.
>> > What standard color to use if voice and data on same interface etc. Thanks.
>> > --
>> > Thank You, Joe
>> >
> I have found that it's better not to standardize on wire color because
> someone will always use the wrong color in a pinch if it will solve an
> immediate problem.  Instead, come up with a labeling system that clearly
> defines the physical source and destination of the wire.
> Mike

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