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Never had the pleasure of working on them but they are the standard OSP cabinet for MTS here in Manitoba.

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Here as well...


Scientists say that the universe is made up of Protons, Neutron & Electrons. They forgot "Morons".
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They're molded with hard plastic, so its fairly often after a few 100 terminations the side retaining walls around the IDC get cracked and broken - causing intermittent issues like static or just opens. Effectively causing a pair to be flagged as defective when all that is wrong is the block.

Atleast in my experience.

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Did Nortel ever make an OSP cabinet?

All I have ever seen are the 3M ones here in Manitoba.

Or do they all look the same on the outside with just different punchdown blocks inside?

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Most certainly did. The names are beyond my memory right now, but it'll come to me.


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I believe that northern telecom used recessed screw-binding posts. I'll take a closer look next time im out in the sticks and come across some old plant.

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The terminals they used had BIX blocks in them. I believe they were 400 & 600 pair counts. I'll try and remember to get a pic of one tomorrow & post it.


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Any Bix terminals I've been working out of have been corning, and not actually bix - UMOXS. Only seen REAL NT Bix in building IT's

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I've only had to work with those cross-connect cabinets at one site and it was a horror show. I hated them. The density was way too tight in my book.

In my area, I only know of two of these cabinets still in service that were originally installed by CONTEL. GTE took that territory over in 1990. From what the Verizon techs here have told me since they took the area over, they just pluck the pairs off and frog them together using Scotchloks on service issues. They don't even carry the punch tools for these cabinets any more.

I can't say that I blame them.


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