To capitalize or not?

Subject: To capitalize or not?
From: Jim <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:06:48 -0700

I'm having this ongoing debate with my engineer coworkers: when to
capitalize the names of the parts that make up our hardware platform. I'm
describing a server we manufacture for telecom networks. On the back of the
server are various ports and plugs. I am providing instructions for
connecting a specific cable to a specific port, which we call the "external

Question: should reference to this specific port be capitalized (External
Port) or not (external port). My engineer coworkers say yes because we are
referring to a specific port so this is a type of proper noun. All the
other ports on the server have specific names so these should also be
capitalized. I'm not sure this does qualify as a proper noun. Thoughts?
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