Network cable heat shrink labels

Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Jan 17, 2016.


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  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Anyone have one of these printers? I want to label some things in my network cabinet and only need 10 or so printed.

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  2. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    I really like using drinking straws for labelling cable, you can move the label and read it without twisting the cables.


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  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Interesting idea.
    Only problem is that my cables run vertical (up) into my switch.

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  4. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    I will take some pictures tomorrow. We use it horizontal, vertical, fiber. coax, cat5, cat6.
    If you change the label slit the straw put it on the cable then put on the label.
     
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  5. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    @melbo, I don't have the heat shrink labels but I do have several sheets of laser labels from amp. They are laser and inkjet compatible. Let me dig them up and get the item number so you can see if you can use them. I'll drop it in the mail this week if you can.

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    May have spoken out of turn. Can't find the labels. Might have tossed them.
     
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  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I have a pretty good label tape printer at the office. That's what I've used at this point but the label adhesive doesn't like the cat5/6 very much and they keep peeling off. Will give the straw trick a try. Thanks guys :)
     
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  7. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    I print my labels out on regular paper, cut them to size and use clear heat shrink tubing to seal them in place. Looks just like a printed label and cheaper to boot.

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  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I knew I'd get pro tips from monkeys. Might try all ideas and see what looks the neatest.
     
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  9. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

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  10. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Is the heat shrink large enough to go over the RJ45 ends or would I need to cut and re-terminate?
     
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  11. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Use the smallest size that will slip over the connector and it will shrink down nice and tight. This picture is some coax in the distribution network my new house, I have yet to pull CAT-6. Its a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. I used fairly stiff paper otherwise it would ave conformed to the coax perfectly.

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  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Next house I build will have 2" conduit in the walls with lots of string ;)
     
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    BT made a comment about a 3GB limit on his ISP plan yesterday. Here's my stats since last switch restart 35 hours ago: It's interesting that I used to see (too high) packet errors until I upgraded all of my patch cables to Cat6 STP (properly grounded).

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  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    If you need some professional done labels.... shoot me an excel list of the cable numbers and I will get them made for you ;)
     
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  15. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    You guys are serious! I like it. I might actually look at some clear shrink wrap, now. I've been using Post-It flags in assorted colors because I like color designation due to its rapid ID features, plus I use a foreign language, usually Hebrew. It's not pretty since I hand write the labels, but the less information I can give to the "enemy", the better.

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  16. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    It makes a difference. BTW there are also companies like Blue Jeans cable that test and certify their cables: Blue Jeans Cable -- Quality Cables at Reasonable Prices

    I used their coax cables to extend my houses network to my cable modem. Really nice stuff - quality cable, quality connectors, quality assembly.
     
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  17. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Looks great with individual cable test reports. I tested all of mine with a Klein tester and did find one that failed although I'm not sure if this tests noise and shielding or just proper pinning. Might look into Blue Jeans next time I'm re-working my system.
     
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  18. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    We routinely run into IT guys complaining that their Cat6 cable plant is not working right. In the end 99% of the time, they opted to buy their own patch cords, due to our prices on our proposals.... and ended up buying Chinese knock off patch cords with barely enough copper to pass Cat3 standards, let alone Cat6!! These Chinese patch cords have messed up many a network, that we get to fix at a premium!!!
     
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  19. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Might need to send you an order for some US made and certified patch cables YD. These are working so far but are probably Chinese.
     
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  20. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Anytime, I have plenty of whatever and if I don't have it..... I can get them quick.
     
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