My request is relatively simple in concept. I'm not too sure how difficult it would be to implement, although it appears that some of the basic structures are in place with the coming Asset and Inventory Management addition. What I would like to see is the ability to inventory and manage both patch cabling and patch ports found in wiring closets. To clarify, in this scenario a patch cable is typically an ethernet cable and the patch panel is a RJ-45 port that feeds to something like a network drop in someone's office. In moderate to larger environments, best practices suggest to label these cables, as when you begin to work in installations with densities in the 100+ cables, it becomes quite difficult to trace a cable between your switch and the patch panel port it is attached to. Many use some form of printed label attached to either side of the ethernet cable to track the switch port <-> ethernet cable <-> patch port relationship. I personally haven't found a good application to assist in tracking this info, short of manually placing it into a spreadsheet or wiki somewhere.
To me, this looks like a natural extension for D42, where you could add a patch cable and patch panel item type, along with a way to express their relationship to the switch ports that are already tracked in D42. Further, and this is stretching a bit, by extending the QR code generation functionality that D42 is soon to have to print labels for these cables, you could perhaps utilize some form of mobile application to assist in managing this inventory remotely. This would be quite awesome if implemented, and would provide functionality to the D42 product that I do not see anywhere else.
What do you think?
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