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Need to color code network ports on a switch

Posted on 2014-03-19
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Hello all,

What I am looking for are unintrusive (permanent) color tabs (various colors) that clip on to network ports. They are permanently attached so that the network cable can still be plugged in or unplugged.

The purpose: The color coding is part of my disaster recovery plan - color coded cables plus selected color coded ports allows me to better solve issues if I am not on site and I need to instruct a less knowledgeable person. uh... and it will look pretty. :)

I have seen these darn plastic tabs a long time ago but I searched and I have come up empty. My Google Kung-Fu sucks today!

Anyone?
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by:rick81
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i've seen the tabs that clip onto network cables, not ports though.

do you mean network ports, like a data point on a wall.
or switch ports?
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Hi, definitely the the ports on the switch side.  They are very slight so that they don't mess with the cable connection fitting.

I thought about this a bit more (memory isn't always reliable). It is quite possible that these color coded pieces attached via an adhesive, rather than clipped on.

My network cables will already be of specific colors... Now I need a way to color the ports to match. But I prefer something that looks good, rather than cheap stickers. :)
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sorry i havent seen those before.  i am from aus.  we are behind the times.  lol
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We specialize in pretty networks but I've never seen anything that actually snaps onto a port.  It is a great idea.  Don't know how it wouldn't interfere with the patch cable because the tolerance is so tight that patch cable boots sometimes interfere with getting them back out.
Looked through the Panduit catalog and only came up with wrap around labels, tagged zip ties and other cable ID and patch panel labeling solutions.

Found this product called dotz - picture attached.
Maybe you could use model paint pens in the same fashion and dot above each port with the color of your choice.
dotz.jpg
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Thanks but the dots won't be good enough because they are hard to see and will likely fall off after a while.

The closest I have found is this product:
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_EU/Telecom_EU/Home/Product_Info/Catalogue_ENEU/?PC_Z7_RJH9U5230GD5D02VNT7G793OH3000000_nid=KZV0HGQT94gsFCVPBQR9Z7gl936MP9K04Cbl

Unfortunately, it is specifically designed for special 3M ports. :(
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I forwarded to our distributor but won't hear back until tomorrow.
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Hello sgt_best... did you ever hear back.

Otherwise, I have pretty much given up on pursuing this project. :(

*BUT* there must be something out there. ???
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As far as something on the switch they said the 3M product above is manufacturer specific.

Panduit makes color bands for the patch cable to further identify them.

http://www.panduit.com/wcs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Panduit_Global%2FPG_Layout&cid=1345564328987&packedargs=classification_id%3D762%26locale%3Den_us&pagename=PG_Wrapper

I think the idea is great for visually identifying VLANs or active POE ports.
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Panduit has these icons that snap onto their connectors....maybe some superglue would hold them above or below a switch port.


http://www.panduit.com/wcs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Panduit_Global%2FPG_Layout&cid=1345565612156&packedargs=classification_id%3D1376%26locale%3Den_us&pagename=PG_Wrapper
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by:sconnell
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Sorry for the delay.

This isn't quite what I was looking for but I really appreciate your effort. After my own exhaustive search, I am thinking that what I need may not exist.

Again, thank you.
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