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Color scheme on cat5 cable

By vzhuta ·
Does anybody know why it is important to use a color scheme when setting up a network and does it matter if the scheme changed within my network.

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by shiny_topadm In reply to Color scheme on cat5 cabl ...

In short, your network can work even if you don't adhere to a standard, BUT, you potentially increase the likelyhood of problems in the future. Anything that's non-standard means that some future technician will possibly make an error that could take time to resolve. The wiring that's out of sight should be done in such a way as to minimize (unpredictable) future troubles. Let's ask it a different way: If you were adding on to your house, is it important to adhere to the standard colors foryour electrical wiring? You could make it work without regard to the standards, but it should be obvious that it's not wise to do so! HTH - Will

p.s. you should always think of the future; what if someone else has to add to or modify your infrastructure?

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by fielddj In reply to external standards

I recently had to alter existing network cable runs but because the contractors employed by the previous IT manager didn't adhere to current standards, the job was a nightmare. It took litterally 10 times longer than it should have as I had to tracecable runs through tangled, stripped wiring and trace signals because a non-standard colour scheme was used.

I thoroughly agree with wrogers assessment of the situation. There are some cable jobs out there that are a dream to work on, but if it is difficult or unusual some contractors either won't work on it or will charge you the earth to fix things.

Good luck.


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