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How To Run Ethernet Cables On The Outside Of Your House

Nothing is quite as reliable for your home internet as running Ethernet cable between rooms. In some cases, it might be easier to run cable along the outside, rather than inside your home. Here’s how.


Organise Cables With A Zip Tie Weave

Video: Weave zip ties around a group of cables to keep them organised and neat.


Buy Safe USB Type-C Cables By Checking The Plug And Its Certifications

USB Type-C cables are great because they’re reversible and support the latest, fastest USB spec, but some cables are so poorly made they can ruin your expensive hardware. Here are a few tips for buying ones that are safe.


Increase Cable Durability With DIY Nylon Wrapping

Charging cables break often enough, it seems they should just go ahead and make them a subscription service. But with a bit of mild DIY, you can boost the durability of your cables with a nylon wrap and give them a distinctive look at the same time.


Keep Cables Organised With Drinking Straws

We’ve shown you many different ways of getting your cables tidy. Most of them are about keeping your rat’s nest of wires organised, but when you’ve got a lot of similar cables running to a location, labelling them is a big help. That’s where drinking straws come in.


Coil Your Extension Cords Like A Roadie With The Over-Under Method

No one understands the value of a properly wound cable more than concert roadies and TV crew professionals, who wrap and unwrap hundreds of metres of cord on a daily basis. Here’s the method they use to keep their shows running on time.


Cut Perfect Jumper Wires By Trimming The Insulation First

Cutting jumper wires for breadboards isn’t the most complicated thing on the planet, but it’s often difficult to get those wires perfect. Make suggests cutting the insulation first, then cutting the wire.


Ask LH: How Can I Go Wireless With Home Entertainment?

Hi Lifehacker, I just moved into a new flat where space is at a premium. I own three games consoles and an HTPC that I use for most of my media consumption needs. The TV is mounted onto the wall. I would like to avoid having cables running across the floor/wall to the TV.


Wrap Cords With Duct Tape, Without Leaving Them Sticky

Magnets, Velcro and binder clips are all helpful in managing cables. But they’re all probably less abundant in your house than tape. The only problem with tape is the sticky residue, but this folding trick can eliminate that annoyance.


Wrap Your Headphone Cables In Beads To Keep Them From Tangling

If you want to add a little personality to your headphones and keep the cables from twisting and tangling, the answer may be as close as your local craft store. All you need are some beads in a colour you wouldn’t mind wearing, and you have a ticket to snag-free headphone cords.


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