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RE: DATACENTER: Making LOTS of custom patch cables.


I am going to have to disagree with Marty and you on this one.  I have found
that using custom lengths on patch panels while looking nice, can lead to
management headaches especially when terminating very many.  If you must use
really short cables do yourself a favor and call a vendor and arrange a bulk
order of a couple lengths that should fix the affordability factor.  As
always order at least 50% more than you envision using as you will be wrong.

I have found that using 2, 4, and 6 foot cable is about the usual for most
rack setups.  Personally though we just use 8 footers.  There is plenty of
extra cable laying around
but its ugliness is made up by its ease of use and a locked door.

One thing that can help.  If you are running multiple data outlets to each
are don't segragate all the D1's in one place, and all the D2's in another.
Run the matching D1 & D2 jacks side by side your cable plant will look much

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [email protected]
> [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of Jeffrey C. Ollie
> Sent: Monday, May 17, 1999 3:06 PM
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: DATACENTER: Making LOTS of custom patch cables.
> This summer and fall, we are going to be upgrading our entire network to
> 100MB to the desktop. As a part of this upgrade we are going to be
> redoing existing patch panels and installing entirely new ones. To keep
> things looking nice, we want to cut each patch cable to the exact length
> required. We find that our cabinets look a LOT nicer if there are no
> loops of slack cable laying around.
> There are a couple of us that are relatively proficient in making patch
> cables with the standard pliers-type crimpers. However, as fast as we
> are it's still going to be a very tedious job. So to speed things up we
> are hoping to find some sort of machine that can make up patch cables
> faster than we can by hand.  We're willing to spend up to US$10,000 or
> so on a solution.
> Can anyone recommend products that will solve our problem?
> Jeff