Edmund von der Burg evdb at
Wed Nov 7 12:58:29 GMT 2007

On 07/11/2007, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:
> They're not really proper tentacles until some prat has cable-tied a bundle
> of about twenty not-quite-the-same-length cables together. Not bothering to
> number the ends - thus forcing you to do N^2 cable tests - is completely
> optional, however it is the industry standard and thus expected.

The shiny piece of hardware you want in this situation is a 'tone
tracer'. There should be one on hand in every server room IMHO.

An example:

You clip the tone generator on to one end of the cable you want and
then you wave the wand at the other end of the cabling mess. As you
get closer to the right cable the tone gets louder. Especially useful
for when the cabling contractors pushed off without remembering to
number the sockets they just installed.

Anything that helps sort out cabling cock-ups is worth getting.


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