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This has to do with the physical install of network equipment, if there is a better place to ask please let me know.

How do you physically label your switches and patch panels? I'm having trouble finding any sort of industry best practice or standard on this.

  • Removed the off-topic request for a product or service. – Ron Maupin Jan 16 at 21:23
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    Brother(tm) label maker. Spreadsheet detailing what's where. Toe tags. – Ricky Beam Jan 16 at 23:49
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The ANSI/TIA-606 Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure has a set of guidelines to promote a standard method of labeling, including:

  • Classes of Administration
  • Optional Identifiers for Infrastructure Elements
  • Color-Coding Identification
  • Permanent Labels
  • Administration Systems Using Records, Linkages and Reports
  • Automated Infrastructure Management Systems
  • Annexes addressing Identification of Patch Cords, Equipment Cords, and Direct Equipment-to-Equipment Cables, Telecommunications Grounding System Identification Example, and Graphical, Symbology, Drawing Elements of Administration, and Administration of Remote Powering

It establishes guidelines for owners, end users, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, designers, installers, and facilities administrators involved in the administration of the telecommunications infrastructure.


Personally, I have used a small PC-connected label printer and some cable tags onto which I place labels for the cables. Unfortunately, product or resource recommendations are explicitly off-topic for SE sites, except Software Recommendations and Hardware Recommendations.

  • Oops, good to know! – jbakerj Jan 16 at 21:48

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