CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #26 - High-Density Switch Cabling
When cabling up a high-density fiber or copper switch there are some key considerations to complete a world-class job. In this approach we’ll enable you to work more efficiently, as well as look more professional because if you just jump into it with no strategy you’re gonna end up with a mess. And a cable mess can lead to downtime. Nobody wants that.
For fiber blades, you should check out our Skinny-Trunk® harness product. This eliminates 60% of the cabling bulk… it really just reduces the congestion. Also, we have pre-engineered staggering for any high-density switch on the market. It really reduces the bulk cabling, simplifies the installation and makes it look clean and professional and virtually eliminates downtime. The first and most obvious thing is length. Get a flexible tape measure. That’s going to help you a lot for actual cable distances. Then have a pen and paper ready. Now don’t just get the whole total length, break it down into chunks. This will help later. You wanna get your vertical, your horizontal, and your depth.
Next is the staggering. This is key. If your staggering is close the cable will dress neatly and uniformly. As you can see here as you go down, the cables get a little bit longer. So once we’ve determined this stagger then we move up to the patch panel.
Now as you can see here the cables get longer as we go down the ports. I like to add roughly 10 percent extra for total length. This can account for cable routing as well as having a large bundle of cables that can add a little bit of distance right there. Don’t worry if that adds a little bit too much, because you have the staggering right everything is going to run in parallel and it’s going to dress very nice as you saw in the front and the back and everything will stay uniformly together.
I always put this down on paper and write all my measurements there. It makes it a lot easier, as you can sit down and you can think it through and make sure you got all your dimensions correct.