Filed under: Cable Identification, Network Products, Power and Data Distribution
Don’t get me wrong – labeling network data ports and phone jacks is a great thing, especially if you have a situation where the two are grouped together. Unless you want to stick to the old phone and data jack color codes (which many people don’t do anymore for decor reasons), the two can be just about impossible to tell apart at a glance, so labels can be pretty important. But then again, they can look so, well… networky. That is to say, extremely technical. Let’s admit it – there are probably times, now and then, when you just don’t want to see printed labels all over your wall jacks. And do you know what? I can’t blame you for that. Neither can Panduit®, which is why they developed Mini-Com® Snap-In Port Identification Icons.
Instead of relying on bold lettering to tell you which jack is which, Panduit’s® Mini-Com® port ID plates rely on subtle icons to clue you in. A computer means “data,” and a phone means “voice.” Super easy. And since the icons are molded-in and not printed on, they don’t scream for the attention of people who are passing by – they just sort blend in until you need them. Another nice thing about Mini-Com® snap-in icons is that they’re available in 12 different colors – neutrals to further blend in with your room’s color scheme, or brighter hues that fit in with just about any color code. And have I mentioned that they’re fast and inexpensive to use? No labels to print, no backings to peel off – you just snap a plate into the icon slot of a Mini-Com® module, wall plate, surface mount box or patch panel, and your work is done.
Admit it: you dread having to troubleshoot or make any changes to your computer setup or home theater equipment because it’s just too darn frustrating to weed through all those cords and find out which one goes with which component. And how many times have you accidentally disconnected the wrong one? It’s okay, it happens to the best of us, but to be quite honest, it sounds like you need some sort of cable label…
Label printers are terrific for labeling cables, but if you can’t justify owning one simply to label the cords of a few electronic devices, then I know of something I think you’ll be interested in: Kableflags® cable identification tags. Kableflags are flexible flag-style cable markers that are available pre-printed in entertainment, computer, or home theater packs, or in a blank style that lets you create your own labels with a permanent marker.
Kableflags® have a self wrapping, self-locking design that completely eliminates the need for adhesives, so your cables won’t get sticky like they might from stick-on labels. The soft PVC material withstands many reuses, and will never corrode. Another great feature of Kableflags is that they’re completely adjustable, so they’ll fit just about any cable, from thin wires to bulkier power cords.
Label printers are incredible organizational tools to have, but there’s just one problem: they only print in black. What do you do when you need to print custom labels in color? One easy solution is to try our Print-On Label Sheets for laser and inkjet printers.
These label sheets are a standard 8½” x 11″ size, so they’re compatible with any printer. And formatting is incredibly easy – just download the template for the appropriate label size right from our product detail page, input your information, and print away. Depending on which size label you need, there are anywhere from 8 to 156 labels per sheet, with 10 sheets included in each pack. If you’re looking to print custom labels in volume without investing hundreds of dollars into an industrial label printer, these labels sheets are a very smart and economical choice.
The labels are made of a UV-inhibited polyester material, which means they can stand up to the abuse of ultraviolet radiation should you choose to use them outdoors. However, while they’re suitable for occasional exposure to water and oil, they’re not a good match for perpetually wet environments. They’re also self-laminating, which helps to increase label lifespan by putting a clear protective layer over the printed surface. When labeling cables, simply stick a label’s printed end to the cable first, then wrap the see-through remainder of the label around the cable and back over the printed part. That one simple wrapping motion leaves you with a well-protected, durable label.