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Subject:Cable identification systems
Time:01:03 am
One of my sooner-rather-than-later projects is to unratsnest and label all of the miscellaneous network cables, power cords, and other random long thin things that I have around my computers. The key component there is to label them all.

The last thing I tried was to wrap mailing labels around them, and that didn't work well at all-- the adhesive didn't last, and they all wound up on the floor. This did not make me happy.

I'm willing to throw a few bucks at a product that works, or repurpose something else if it works well. I think I'd rather have something that hangs off the cables rather than something that just wraps around, since the former gives me more room. I expect them to all be handwritten.

Suggestions?
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jellymillion
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Time:2008-02-18 10:49 am (UTC)
You know those plastic labelling push-in-the-soil thingies that get stuck in plant pots (spot the non-gardener, btw) ?

I'm thinking something like this
only probably from a more local-to-you supplier. The ones I found had holes in them, which is handy, because I thought you might then attach them using iddy-diddy cable ties like these Total cost likely to be under $20 excluding P&P for about 100 cables-worth.

I think you may have just made me think up the solution to my own cabling labelling - the wrapped-around sticky labels I've used in the past annoy me somehow.

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rainsom
Subject:Cable Identification
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Time:2008-02-18 01:52 pm (UTC)
You could try Panduit type label. They are used widely in manufacturing and don't dry up or fall off. I searched briefly and found something :http://search.cableorganizer.com/cable/Panduit%20Label. There might be more for the smaller user...

(we buy them in the ten-thousands for work)
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slfisher
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Time:2008-02-18 02:08 pm (UTC)
Seems to me one of the airline catalogs had something like this. In fact, I may even have some kicking around. They wrapped around the cable and had a little tag you could write on.
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jcdill
Subject:Oh Brother
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Time:2008-02-18 03:31 pm (UTC)
I use a Brother label printer. Labels are printed out on sticky paper - add spaces or duplicate the info. Remove backing, wrap sticky paper around cable and stick to itself, leaving a tail. (label reads perpendicular to the cable) This is very handy for labeling wall warts that power and charge 1001 little electronic devices to help avoid accidentally plugging the wrong prong into a device and sending it too much juice leaving one with a dead device - usually days after the warranty ends and right before you were planning to backup all the data it had stored...

You can also get label tape that is the right width your labels and then make your label in 2 lines, and wrap it around the cable with the label parallel to the cable - as shown with this special cable label product.
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greeklady
Subject:Re: Oh Brother
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Time:2008-02-18 05:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I use the Dymo labeler for work and home use for just this purpose. Works great.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2008-02-18 04:34 pm (UTC)
I use shipping tags(Avery #11004) which have a string attached. I write whatever I need on the tag, then tie the tag to the appropriate cable, usually one at each end. Cheap, effective, non-permanent and easy to use.
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tigerknight
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Time:2008-02-18 04:39 pm (UTC)
A little cheap hand held labeler from office depot or something, print the word and then you can have it spit out extra tape, put the tape perpendicular to the cable so that you end up gluing the label mostly to itself and have a nice dangling tab with the label clearly seen and easily pulled into whatever orientation is readable. Cheap, reliable, works every time - we used it in our datacenter cabinets.
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drj0402
Subject:May I suggest masking tape & clear packing tape?
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Time:2008-02-18 05:14 pm (UTC)
Put a strip of masking tape long enough that it wraps around the cable and creates a tag you can write on.

After you label it, cover the tag part with the packing tape so it is doubly secure and is more weather / spill resistant.
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slamonella
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Time:2008-02-18 05:39 pm (UTC)
http://cableorganizer.com/unitag/
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bittercrackbaby
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Time:2008-02-18 06:11 pm (UTC)
Mailing labels and masking tape will not last.

These worked for me.

The uber overkill route:

http://www.advizia.com/brother/ModelDetail.asp?PkgOrder=17&User=ptouch&Rnd=770

The uber cheap route:

Scotch tape and a small Post-It note.

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whitebird
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Time:2008-02-18 07:14 pm (UTC)
And the Brother Ptouch system also has a Flexible ID tape that's purportedly specifically for cable labeling. I've not tried it myself, but I likely will at some point.

They have this image suggesting how to use it on the left.

As well as this one.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2008-02-18 06:23 pm (UTC)
We use one of the small Brother label machines and it works great. We just print a short code for the item on a small label and wrap it around. It doesn't take up much space--it still allows for neat bundling of our many, many cables--and has helped a lot.
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mspurrmeow
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Time:2008-02-18 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'm dealing with this at work, school AND home. Right now we're transitioning from using back-to-back labels stuck together and different forms of cable ties (wide and flat enough to write on). What's working best right now is using metal-rimmed key tags. (under $2 at regular stores) They move around a bit, but a touch of silicone on the outside of the cable keeps them in place. I DO like the Unitag concept that another poster mentioned above. I may look into those myself.

The Brother label line now sells cloth label spools and ones with super-strong adhesive. The Dymo has a cloth label as well. Those are generally easily available at WalMart, Staples etc. For the 'wraparound-and-stick-to-itself" concept, these might be affordable and efficient.
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evwhore
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Time:2008-02-18 09:58 pm (UTC)
We have a Brother PT-65 and I have used it to label cables as others have described in the thread.

They also make zip ties with plastic tags that you can write on with a Sharpie (or stick a label to, maybe).
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phoenix14159
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Time:2008-02-19 05:05 am (UTC)
Here's one source for the cable ties with labels. Look for "Marker Ties" a bit past halfway down the page.

This site is just the first I found; there may well be other better and/or cheaper ones.
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