There are few things more frustrating than dealing with a tangled mess of cables. Not only are they difficult to untangle, but tangled cables can easily get unplugged in data centers, homes, offices, and so on. In this blog, we will look at five cable management tips to help you avoid such frustrations.
Reduce the Cable Length
One of the easiest ways to manage your cables is to use the shortest cables possible. People often use cables for longer than needed. For example, if you need to connect devices that are ten feet apart, using a fifty-foot cable is unnecessary and will get tangled up far more easily. Whenever possible, select the shortest cable that will still get the job done. Other benefits of shorter cables are that they reduce potential latency issues, improve your overall connection, and are much easier to hide.
Tie your Cables Up
Another easy way to organize your cables is to tie them. This is very common in offices where many cables are found in a tight space. The best way to do this is to get hooks underneath your desk from which you can drape the cables. You can also tie the cables together with Velcro or zip ties. Be sure you are not tying them too tight, as this can lead to damage. If there is no easy way to tie and hide your cables, consider getting a cable sleeve. These can wrap over the cables, at the very least making many cables appear as one. Another way to tie your cables is by using binder clips. These can clip to the back of your desk, allowing you to run your cables through the clip’s silver handle.
Use Concealed Power
Concealed power refers to using hidden power strips. These power strips are popular in office settings because, similar to tying your cables under the desk, they reduce the distance for power supply. Many concealed power supplies can attach to the bottom of your desk. To avoid damaging the desk, they can also be attached to the legs of the desk with Velcro.
Labeling is especially important in areas with many cables, such as data centers. These areas can have hundreds of cables, so knowing the purpose of each cable is critical. Although it's a tedious process, labeling each cable will make life much easier when trying to figure out why something is or is not working. Apart from data centers, labeling cables can also be helpful at home. Many people have large entertainment centers with multiple cables. Labeling these will ensure maintenance is much easier.
Finally, wherever possible, go wireless. The easiest way to manage cables is to eliminate your need for them. The wireless versions of some devices will not function as well as wired, but many devices, such as mouse, keyboard, etc., will work just as well. Ultimately, the best way to maintain effective cable management is to keep them out of sight. Increased use of wireless devices will cut down on the total number of cables in your system, making cable management a much less daunting task.
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