How To: Manage Your Cables

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niceperson_90

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acpowercord

yes, safety is the first ,your idea is ok . AC power cord

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dinny

Anyone with a computer knows that this is a hassle. I know I hate it and every time it's possible I leave this task to someone else in the family. Thanks for sharing the tips, I'll take a closer look and see what I can do, so far my cables don't look too nice.
Dinny - custom power cords

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jonfleck88

I've been testing different ways to organize wires for a while now and I've found that the best way to organize wires is with a combination of carabiners and Velcro straps. If anybody is interested I wrote a full tutorial on how to orgainze wires and cables with Velcro straps and carabiners .  

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rkinne01

I don't like the zip ties, they're a pain in the rear end!  I like using either velcro, rubber bands, or even those little ties that you find on bread bags.  The bread ties are the best, they're cheap as hell, can be trimmed to size using scissors, and are easily removed.  

Here are a few of my tips:

1. Eliminate the cables.  I switched to a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and a blue tooth printer. Also consider installing a wireless card to your desktop PC. You just eliminated 4 cables!

2. I've hidden many of my remaining wires by using some old plastic PVC pipes. You can lay them on the floor or mount them on the wall, they can also be painted to match wall coloring. In a pinch you could also use hollow dowels, but finding ones to fit could be hard, but they are easier to paint. 

3. Use your USB ports to your advanatge.  For example, my monitor has 4 USB ports built into it, so I've elected to plug most of my external devices (game controllers, web cam, external hard drives) into the monitor. It saves me from having to get down on hand and knee to plug my game controller into the PC, the ports on the monitor are easier to get to.  I suppose a USB Hub would serve the same purpose.

4. Buy shorter cables. Why have 20 ft of network cable when you only need 6 ft?  If you shorten the cable make sure that you leave some slack, I usually like about six inches. 

 

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jasonla

This is a reason i've chosen desks with open backs on them and not placed against the wall the cables you always seem to need access to them or at least me. I have to connect my camera constantly to the USB port mess with audio cables etc. Such a mess I have more routers stacked then need be fax/printer lamp and other misc stuff all tangled up tie wraps are great  especially for the monitor and computer power cords which are the thickest and heaviest.
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vanrooijen

Used cable ties once like this... I also managed to slice a cable when attempting to remove the cable tie!!!! Would HIGHLY recommend using velco instead...

Also, I have been told previously to avoid strapping power with other cables... Is this a valid theory?? Should I be concerned with having my typical monitor and pc power cables strapped to my network cable? Are they typically shielded enough?

PSU - SILVERSTONE DECATHLON DA850 ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V 850W Power Supply - Retail
MBrd- Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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Memory (4 gig total) - CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 2

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trippisme

Normally the cables are sheilded enough that you shouldn't have to worry that much about it. I know my set up at home a while back had all my cables going into the same bundle. I've since changed configs and they have seperate groupings but I saw no noticable problems from the older set up. Though you will probably see some problems if you have them going parallel for an extended distance, especially with the network cables.

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trojan_horse

I think you should do one for the inside of a PC case. Every time I look through my side window I want to throw up because all I see are a bunch of wires. plz?

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trippisme

Just go get some wire management things from the store. I know Walmart has some decent stuff that works good in the automotive section. For your application and ease of use I would recommend a couple different sized spiral wraps and a handful of adhesive backed cable clips.

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suckyn00b

I definitely second this comment. Im not so worried about outside of my box. What about the inside? I have the CoolerMaster 830, with four 120mm fans for a sidewall, and a huge thermaltake 90mm CPU fan...thats a lot of spinning fan blades...Not to mention my 2 GeForce 9750's and my mobo putting out lots of heat...all of this can't be good for cables.

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ChrisA

Zip ties are only bad if you tighten them down too much. And even then, it's not that big of a deal for the average user. But if you really want to get down to it, use common sense here: if the zip tie is making an impression on the wire's insulation, you're doing it wrong. Plus most USB cables, etc... are braided wires and not solid. Braided wires are much more flexible than solid copper wires. It's bad to put kinks and crimps in solid copper wires, but braided wires are flexible and much more resistant to kinks, etc. Cat4/5/5e/6 are all solid copper wires, and more care should be taken when routing these wires.

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Watcher

"Two by two, hands of blue" Any one know the movie?

Anyways, one item the article did not mention is that cables should not support themselves!! The cables should always have the weight taken of the connection by some means of support. This may not be that big of issue when your dealing with one or two cables, but can cause problems with a higher amount or heavier cables.

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alteregowi

Do NOT ever ever EVER!!! can't stress this Enough!! Ever Use ZIP ties on wires!!

David !! You should be ashamed of your self for even giving a example like that! BAD BAD!!
My Networking Teachers at school whom are also State Network Administrators have said and Stressed big time , Using Zip ties on Cables and wires is the Worst thing you can do it crimps and can crimp wires and cause internal damage to wires and cause EMI ( Electrical Magnetic Interference) also a fire hazard as well!!

People please Do not use Zip ties on wires!!

The stores sell these very nice things called Velcro Straps they even come in a wide variety of colors and work very well and are re-use able you can buy them by the dozen and they are not that expensive either >>---->>> http://cableorganizer.com/wire-wrap/ <-- Copy link

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trippisme

Yeah, those are awesome, Those and those flexible tube things with the slit down the side. My recommendation is heading to Home Depot or Lowes or some other hardware store and they should have almost everything you would need there. ^_^

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hogkill

Gotta love the speakers.

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frdbrlw

This is why i read this magazine it actually gives you tips on how to improve your PC unlike other mags that just talk about the most expensive hardware there is. Great advice now i don't trip over all my damn cables.

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