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I'm pleased to see that my request is considered.
Actually, I've already elaborate a procedure to generate nearly (see 2.) the Connection Schedule report I suggest. I've done this merely three years ago, just a few weeks after being a licensed user.
But since that time, I'm not satisfied of that process because of two aspects:
1. I have to maintain/update a very tricky spreadsheet macro+template. Remember the august 26th 2020 update impacting Cable Schedule ?
This formatting/addition/transformation step could be avoid if all information is simply listed in two flat-files. One cable-based and one product-based. And yes, some information is duplicated, but this will simplify the way to generate any kind of report.
So the connection schedule will dramatically simplify this step. And even avoiding it if the file generated meets my requirements.
2. The only piece of information I can't retrieve from both Cable Schedule and Equipment list is unconnected ports.
One of the purposes of showing unconnected ports is to print out a complete datasheet per product that can be annotate on-site (e.g. as-built).
And in fact, I've also already made a workaround by making a Block Schematic that contains all Products without any connected cables and printing it out. With the disadvantage that connected ports are not visible on it and that is a second piece of paper to manipulate.
That was the answer to your first question.
Regarding your second question:
Once I'm on-site to solve problems, when I'm in front/rear of a equipment, I found useful to know where a cable is going to (coming from), to (from) what equipment and where. All of this without having to browse another drawing/plan or another page of my report. All information is exposed beside each ports within a single (twin) row.
e.g. I know immediately where to go when I read that an HDMI cable is coming from a media-player located in the tech-room. Or I don't have to toss the room from the switch port that feeds an access point located two floors above me.
And now, I can't resist to quote you : I hope this make sense!