NANOG poll: favorite cable labeler?

Blake Pfankuch blake at
Wed Aug 22 02:08:43 UTC 2012

I have been using a Brothers PT-2430PC (usb attached) and the TZeS251 1 inch wide tapes.  Printed with 7 rows horizontal text and vertical tape, I can wrap around a cable on each end for nice organization and it sticks very well to itself.  With the cutline creation, I can print off about 60 labels at a time this way and give a minon something to do for an hour :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Lyon [mailto:mike.lyon at] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:47 PM
To: Seth Mattinen
Cc: nanog at
Subject: Re: NANOG poll: favorite cable labeler?

I bought the Brady BMP21 handheld labeler from Frys about a month ago.
It takes 6x AA batteries i believe. You can buy the power cable and case for it if you want. I love it so far.


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On Aug 21, 2012, at 18:29, Seth Mattinen <sethm at> wrote:

> On 8/21/12 6:10 PM, Robert E. Seastrom wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> Many moons ago I worked in a place where we had a Brady LS2000 wire 
>> labeler.  So long as the supplies were fresh it was great.
>> In the storage unit I have a Brady TLS2200.  Supplies are expensive, 
>> but it works reasonably well.  Unfortunately the battery is shot 
>> (gotta replace that).
>> It seems to me that as cheap as the Brother P-Touch type labelers 
>> have gotten that there might be some product by 
>> (Brady|Dymo|Brother|etc) that everyone uses and recommends these days 
>> which is (a) cheap enough that they can be deployed en masse rather 
>> than treated as a scarce resource, (b) hopefully runs on standard 
>> (such as AAA) battery types, and (c) has reasonably priced supplies.
>> Labeling cables is mostly what I'm interested in.  The el-cheapo 
>> p-touch seems adequate to putting hostnames on machines.
>> Thoughts?
> P-Touch with TZe tapes for me. I have stuff on the roof labeled with 
> TZe tape and they still look new after about a year of exposure Disclaimer:
> I'm in the high desert.
> ~Seth

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