I know I'm early to the party, but I thought it might be a good idea to discuss some of the issues on a more technical level, and to see if the volunteering directors have already address and resolved these issues for 2017 or if solutions are still open for debate. Last year I was on Crimp Nation for the majority of the time and had a handful of hours on the NOC and Backbone. It is the latter two that concerned me a little bit. On the NOC I noticed that they were patching a series of patch panels together, back to back. I'm assuming this is so they could just put ends on the backbone runs and plug them into strait into the patch panel. For someone who is in the business of installing network infrastructure, this would have been a big no no for any of my jobs as it could create 3 additional points of failure. Not sure if this was just to save time or what, but from what I've heard (and I could be wrong) there was a lot of issues with the backbone connections. Which brings me to the Backbone. Were all of these runs thoroughly tested? I imagine they would have been. I was not privy to what issues they were having late Wednesday night. I have found cat5e to be highly unreliable, especially when it is laid out on the floor with hundreds of potential areas for people to knock, kick, or step on. Its also much more vulnerable to kinks and knots as it lacks the plastic core that cat6 has. When doing some crimping for the backbone, I noticed a lot of these. I realize that the majority of the cable may be donated. I'm curious to know how many linear feat of cat cable is used for the backbone. I may even be willing to donate some boxes myself. Anyways, I'm looking forward to Volunteering this year. Last year was my first and now that I have a general idea of whats involved on network setup, I think I would like to spend most of my time on one of those two teams, NOC and backbone. Please feel free to correct me if you find me in error, I can only go off what I experienced. I'd be happy to learn/know more about the full extent of the issues those two areas were having. Thanks guys!