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LED Smarter Cable Indicators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220127D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

An invention to speed up the process of tracing and locating opposite ends of network (RJ45) cables by means of an LED indicator circuit.

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LED Smarter Cable Indicators

The main problem that this invention solves is that cables in a large server room are hard to trace from one end to the other. This problem is exaggerated by advances in server room technologies, demanding more and more network connections. Some, depending on geographic location, can span over 10 meters.

    Currently, tracing network cables (RJ45/Ethernet) through switches and patch panels can be a lengthy and troublesome process. This invention will eliminate the time and effort required to trace these cables from one end to the other, resulting in time and money saved. It also negates the need for paper records of cabling routes in a server room, resulting in a more efficient and smarter process.

    Currently, there are no known solutions that eliminate this time consuming task other than physically tracing the cables. This can often require multiple employees, all of whom would have to have a prior understanding of the server room setup. Good personal cable management can help reduce the time it takes to trace cables. However, in big server rooms for big companies, this is not always possible due to the vast amounts of servers and switches that need to be patched and networked together.

    The main advantage of this invention is that in the unfortunate case that a network connection fails, causing server disruption, it will be much faster to trace the problematic cable if this invention is implemented.

    Another drawback to current systems, such as paper records, are that they are subject to all the usual problems of manual records; they can be lo...