I would just like to know what network cable coloring conventions do people use out there. I'm not talking about EIA/TIA wiring standards for RJ45 connectors, I am just talking about the color of the patch cables.
I am setting up a network and I was thinking of doing blue for my main vlan (approx 100 nodes). green, red, light blue, purple for my secondary vlans (approx 3 nodes each), yellow for my xover patches. White for all VOIP. What type of color coding setup do you use? Is there some type of standard out there? I was also thinking maybe differentiating vlans by just changing the color of the boot.
Also I would be interested in knowing what brands of cable you recommend to buy in bulk on a spool. These will be primarily going into a chilled data closet using cat5e patch panels. The cable will be going from the patch panel to the switch, router, and other network appliances, so they need to be stranded for flexibility. Is there anything else I should be looking at? Preferred brands and vendors online?