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Create Cable Definitions

This pages describes how to create cable definitions

Select the Create Component Definitions option from the catalog section.

You can create installation and patch cable definitions here. In Pathfinder, installation cables are unassembled cables that may contain one or multiple bundles of other cables. Patch cables are preassembled cables with only one bundle of twisted pair wires, optical fibers, hybrid, etc.




From the create component definitions window, select the Cable option to start creating your cable definitions.

In Pathfinder the cables can be categorized into two parts, installation cables and patch cables.


Installation cables are unassembled cables. Which mean that neither ends have connector plugs attached for these type of cables. Installation cables are generally used for connections between buildings and floors. Installation cables are generically placed between the rear side of patch panels. Installation cables can be made of optical fibers, copper or coaxial wires or a hybrid of both.


Patch cables are preassembled cables. Which means that both ends have connector plugs attached for these type of cables. Patch cabled are generally used for short distance connections. Patch cables are generically placed on the front side ports of patch panels at connected with switches, routers, servers, end devices, etc.





After selecting the cable category, you can select the cable type.

For both Installation and Patch cable connections you can create 6 different types of cables.

The types of cables you can create are:

  • Fiber optic cable

  • Hybrid cable

  • Telecommunication cable

  • Twisted pair cable

  • Coaxial cable

  • Power cable


Click on Next to continue.


Cable Definition


Here you can assign a cable definition name, default instance name and a short note about the cable (1). You can also select if you want the cable to be unassembled or preassembled.

Click on the add button to add optical fibers or wires, based on your cable type, to your cable (2). Here you can select the fiber type, the number of bundles for that type and the number of fibers or wires per bundle for that type.

The total number of bundles in the cable and total number of optical fibers or wires are shown here as well.

Click on Next to see an overview of your fibers or wires, and again to see an overview of your bundles. Now you will need to assign a line type to your cable.

Click on Next once again if you are creating a installation cable to select the line definition, else click on Finish to complete creating your cable definition.


Line Definition



For installation cables, you need to select a line definition. You can also create your own line definition here.

For more information about create new line definitions, go to: Manage Line Definitions.

For more information about how to manage and edit cable definitions, go to: Cable Definitions Properties.