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Network Outlet Numbers
#443523 07/12/06 04:27 PM
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I am sure that everybody has a different numbering plan. We are testing the cables in ten schools that have been installed by data guys and electricians. My daughter is helping and already hates the sites that were installed by electricians. What numbering plans do you all use? and why? Do you use room numbers or patch panel number? I have tried to make it as user friendly as possible. Thanks for your help.

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Whatever makes the most sense and as long as the numbers are the same on the jack and patch panel. The patch panel jacks should be in alpha/numerical sequence.

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I never use room numbers on a jack. (At least not anymore) If you're looking at a jack, chances are good you already know where you are. Use patch panel numbers, or a combination of closet/rack/patch panel numbers, depending on the size of the install.

Your labeling scheme should make sense to anyone, not just the person who did the installation. There should be documentation left at the patch panel side.

Never use someone's name for a label...Bob won't always be in that office. Even room numbers can change.

Labels should be the same on both ends of the run. (where possible) You don't want to put room numbers on the patch panel and a patch panel number on the jack.

Unfortunately I've really only learned some of these things in the past few years, so there are a bunch of mistakes in my past.

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OBTW has posted on this before but I can't find it. He has a nice numbering plan that he uses maybe he will reeducate us.


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Only too right, OBTW uses this because of the multi-building situation he is in.

Bicsi wants you to use an identifier that has to be like 13 digits and letters --- doesn't make sense.

MAKE SENSE is the best way --- usually the PP number on smaller jobs.

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yeah i think the bicsi way is something like this
1A-A01
1-first floor
A-closet A
A-panel A
01-outlet 01
but i could be wrong. I just go by patch panel number.


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I think you got it right Jeff . I try to use the KISS method ! :rofl:


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I start with clearly labeled patch panels. Even if using only 1 panel, I'll stick to a "1-1, 1-2,1-3, etc." scheme. That way, if another panel is added later, there is no confusion. The exception would be at a location where there are only a few drops.

In addition to labeling the wallplate, I also label the cable inside the wall and behind the patch panel. Labels on wallplates tend to disappear for some reason, even the ones with the clear plastic windows.

The TIA standard seems a bit involved for smaller installations. I like the "Patch Panel Number - Port Number" scheme. Troubleshooting seems to always start at the user's desk, anyway.


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My school numbered them all by room number. I guess that works for a while until they decide they want to renumber the rooms smile there was an old patch panel in the server room that was labeled with people's names..from 10 years ago maybe..too bad none of the people are there anymore and who knows where the cables go!


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We label the patch panels with letters and then use A 1-48, B 1-48, etc. Our customers seem to get confused with numbers for the panel and the jack.

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