NANOG poll: favorite cable labeler?

Ray Soucy rps at
Wed Aug 22 15:23:24 UTC 2012

I tend to go for the cheapest thing you can that will get the job done

Chances are any brand will get the same amount of abuse and need to be
replaced around the same time.  We use the Brother PT-1400 and for the
price you can't beat it.

Does everything we need (has the features you want; rep-rotate etc),
cartridges swap out quickly, are inexpensive, runs on normal or
rechargeable AA, and has an AC adapter for when those run out on you.

Definitely get the optional case and AC adapter for it.

Over the last 10 years we've had 3; only one of them has had problems
and it's because it's been dropped one too many times.  If you're not
careless with your tools *glares at coworkers*, it'll last.

On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Robert E. Seastrom <rs at> 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?
> -r

Ray Patrick Soucy
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University of Maine System

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