Fancy Answer: Zip Tie Labels like this:


Less-Fancy (Cheaper) Answer: White electrical tape wrapped around the cable and taped to itself to make a hand-made tag and an extra fine point Sharpie.


Please not this:  Sharpie directly on the cable.  It’s too hard to first find and then read...


I’ve found colors are challenging to identify in dimly lit areas (esp. if folks are a bit color blind) and color-coded cables are a pain because you have to have all the different colors for your color coding scheme on hand.  For a small installation that isn’t going to change... ever... color is great and looks nice, but in the real world... I always seemed to be out of stock the color I needed.


My 2 cents,



Patrick J. Clemins

Cyber Specialist, Vermont EPSCoR

Asst Research Professor, Dept of Computer Science, University of Vermont

23 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405-0215

Phone: (802) 448-2188 • Fax: (802) 656-2950

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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Keith Puffer
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:03 PM
To: Patrick J Clemins <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Network Cable ID


Infrastructure folks (or those that have an opinion):


How, or do you, label your network cables?  Write on zip ties?  Color labels directly on cable?  Different color for different purpose?  Different color patch cables?


Trying to get a what works and what doesn't...I am wanting to label/ID at my schools so that if someone where to take a look at one, it would make sense at another location.


Thoughts?  Opinions?


Thanks, enjoy this Summer weather and see you Monday at Dynamic Landscapes 2017!





Keith Puffer
Technology Coordinator
Washington West Supervisory Union
340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Fax: 802-496-6515
GoogleVoice: 802-870-0630


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