|Network Device Testing: Before|
The Network Device Testing station is always chaotic. This is where network devices, like switches, routers, wireless access points, etc. are sorted and the good ones are tested.
It's tricky to train people on this station, since it often requires specialized knowledge. It has a monotonous aspect, too, since half of the job involves matching power supplies with devices. So it's often left for a few days without people working there, making it a magnet for crud to build up. A lot of network devices come in at receiving -- several large boxes each week, I'd estimate -- and sometimes they get left on the desk if there isn't room in Receiving, adding to the carnage.
I had intended to take a disgustingly messy "before" picture and present it alongside a triumphantly spotless "after", but the "after" photograph is still pretty cluttered...
|Network Devices, cleaned up (again)|
There are a few problems with this station, I think: it's only occasionally used, and it's too big for network device testing but probably too small to be combined with something else. The biggest problem in my opinion is the power supplies; for each device, we need to find a power supply with the matching voltage, a matching jack, and at least enough amperage to drive the device. We've tried a number of ways of sorting and storing them but nothing seems to stick. Anyone know how Portland does it? Does it work?