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How to connect SC Multi-mode - LC Multi-mode fiber patch cables from fiber patch panels to SFP port.

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Hello everyone, I hope you can help.  
I have two fiber patch panels.  Fiber is 62.5/125.  Using SC-LC Male Multi-mode patch cables to go from the fiber patch panel to the SFP port in the switch.
At the fiber patch panel I connect end of patch cable into ports that are beside each other, one lead of cable is orange and one is black.  Orange in on the right and black on the left.  
The question is this.  On the other patch panel (at the other end, using the corresponding ports), do I reverse the set and put black on the right and orange on the left?  
Would much appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance.
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Assuming that the fibers are correctly connected 1:1 between the patch panels (that is, left fiber is on left fiber on the other panel), yes, on one side of the patch cables you will have to switch fibers ..

            in -----------        ----------        --- ------ in
Switch GBIC              Patch panel      Patch Panel  X        Switch GBIC
            out-----------        ----------        --- ------out

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Without the twist in the cable, you'd end up with "in" connected to "in" and "out" connected to "out".

From personal experience, we're always using a "top down" approach - the higher up in the switch/cabling infrastructure always get's the defined cable to the patch (e.g., white left, yellow right on the last batch of cables). On the "lower" side, we cross the fibers. Anyway, if you should get it wrong during hookup, don't worry too much - unless you're running some extended reach single mode transmitters over short distance with the sender/receiver not twisted, nothing will happen to the optics ... if the port doesn't connect, just switch it, and you're fine.

Or, if you're adventurous, you can always look for the red light (at least on MM) ;) I try t avoid that though ;)
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Thanks for your time and the "top down approach" info.  Maybe it will keep me from looking silly some day.
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