October 27, 2003

Fixing another MPoE

Click to SuperSize Seniorman (who happens to be low senority on the crew) dropped a telecommute order on my desk. So I went out this morning to pre-field it. This is what I found (except with the covers on).

Looks like the last Tech in here was the DSL installer, since he stuck a splitter into the left hand NID housing with doublestick tape and used the terminals in that housing as tie points for the DSL. There are two working lines in the right hand NID. I have to add a new line, due this Friday.

Question is -- do I just add the line or do I rip and rebuild it to OCS standards?

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October 26, 2003



Also known as Splicer Scissors. A tool carried by most telco installers. May be used to cut/strip insulation off a cable or a wire, to trim the ends of wires prior to instertion into a jack or a plug. Will cut a single 24 gauge wire, or a half inch diameter 25-pair cable.

Hmmmmm..... Looking back I see I forgot to mention running the LAN cable for the girls' room. Will have to activate the WayBack and correct that. While running the cable under the house I had laid my snips down and then crawled out. Not worth crawling 60 feet (30 in, 30 out) to recover.

Teresa to the Rescue. Besides being a super genius and a world reknowned artist, she is willing to crawl. She asked how to get the look of heavy ground in dirt on her Halloween costume. I said she could recover my snips for me. She did. She's such a sweetheart.

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October 16, 2003


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So we got it done. Last weekend, but I've been a bit to busy to get to the blog. This is the same corner shown in the Oct. 1st entry. We moved the m-66 cross-connect blocks, voice cabling, and the telephone system's blackbox onto the backboard. We untangled the mess of wires, separating Voice from Data, and tucked them away in Panducts. The Lan-in-a-Box has been shipped back to the owners, the rolling table (talk about not earthquake safe!) has been removed. Another fine job completed. (except for placing 2-inch Panducts accross the racks under the hubs to tidy up the patch cables and there's a plug of duct-seal on top of the power outlet on the wall that needs to be put back into the conduits to seal them.)

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October 01, 2003

Cerritos Y-P

Cerritoes is in Verizon (formally GTE) area. The office, where they write the ads for the Yellow Pages, naturally had computers and a LAN. But since they were outside of PacBell and outside of PacBell area it was a contractor's LAN and Verizon wiring. Interesting. We've used the expression "LAN-in-a-box" to describe a small LAN. This literally was a LAN in a box. Top to bottom, some sort of power control, analog modem to contol power, a T1 DSU/CSU, a Cisco router and a pair of Cisco switches. With a pile of LAN cables plugged into the switches.

And, since we are posting about the LAN cutover, here is the same box without the LAN cables -- cut-over complete, the office moved onto the Corporate WAN, on private address space, inaccessable to hackers.

Where did the wires go? To a LAN in a rack:

Much better. Except... Yes, I know, that wiring is HORRID! Compare with my other work with the wires neatly run and in PanDucts it is pitiful. WHY! Dear God Why is it so Ugly?

Glad you asked. We're working around and with Verizon Wiring:
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Side view:

Top view:

Needless to say, we will be working on making the wiring right. SBC has standards.

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