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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.


Coil A USB Cord With A Pencil And Blow Dryer For A Shorter Cable

A coiled cable is easier to manage than a long cord that gets tangled up. If that’s what you want with your USB cable, Instructables user pizzidave has a quick way to do that with just a pencil, tape and a blow dryer.


Ask LH: Are My Long Network Cables Slowing Me Down?

Hey Lifehacker, Cable question: Currently I am using a 7-foot Cat 5e cable from the router to the ethernet wall jack in the bedroom upstairs. I want to use a 100-foot cord. I need to run it out the upstairs window, across the porch roof and down into the window on the main floor into my office. We lease, so drilling holes and feeding it downstairs is not an option. The room where it is now is directly above the room it needs to feed into. What I’m wondering is: does longer cable equal slower speed?


Cables Can Significantly Impact The Charging Speed Of Your USB Devices

USB chargers can impact how fast your device’s battery gets back to 100%, but they’re not the only determining factor. The wrong cable can slow down charging speeds as well.


Watch Out For These Misleading Computer Cables

Misleading cables are nothing new, but new ones are popping up all the time. The folks at Gamers Nexus detail three cables that aren’t really what they seem.


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