Tame And Hide Your Spaghetti Of Cables And Network Wires Like The Pros

You've got a lot of multimedia devices, which means probably you've got a mess of wires to deal with. TechNewsWorld offers solutions for managing that mess, even if you don't have the luxury of tearing into your walls to incorporate the cables.

Photo by Tom Purves

One solution is to go wireless, of course, but ditching slow Wi-Fi and going completely wired is faster and more reliable, plus more secure.

Therefore, a good idea if you don't want to see wires everywhere, TechNewsWorld suggests, is to use the existing cavities in your home:

Search for hidden cavities and voids that you can use to run cabling if your home's multimedia wiring looks out-of-control. Check on top of kitchen cabinets, in closets, behind baseboards — all provide suitable space for Cat 5e.

Examine the routes plumbers have used for pipes. There's often enough room to stuff a cable. Central vacuum systems often have space between structure and vacuum pipe.

If your home has a retroactively installed central vacuum system, the designer will have already done the planning for you, because he will have run his system to the basement or garage via available voids. You can use those voids too.

Tip: Don't bend cables excessively. Cat 5e requires turns of no more than four times the diameter of the cable. Reckon on bending it no more than the size of a quarter.

Don't strip the cable to make it fit small spaces. The copper wire's twist within the outer jacket is part of the wire design.

The article also recommends avoiding cable ties and using electrical tape instead (as in the photo above), like the experts do.

For more tips and suggestions, check out the full article or share your own wire control advice with us in the comments.

Taming That Spaghetti of Wires Taking Over Your Home [TechNewsWorld]


    electrical tape is great for leaving sticky residue all over your cables and making them 100x dirtier then necessary

      I'd rather a dirty cable than one with a too-tight cable tie, resulting a non-working cable.

        velco ties, or just don't do up the cable tie too tight.

    When my folks built their house, every single room (except bathrooms) had at least two RJ45 sockets and Cat5 running to a big ol' patch panel in the study. Forward thinking!

    I've found that 802.11n has been quite adequate for all networking purposes, but I'm renting. If I were to buy a place, getting it wired for data would definitely be a priority!

      would it be worth going fibre rather than cat5e/cat6 for NBN 'future proofing' instead now?

        No. The fibre comes in somewhere central to a router and then you run copper from there. Fibre is expensive and inconvenient for flood cabling situations and there are no cheap solutions available for end devices or switches.

    Velcro cable ties - they're flexible, won't damage cables, reusable, leave no residue and a 10m roll that you cut to size will cost you $15-20.

    Early last year i wired my parents house with cat6 as the load on the wireless G router was causing too much of a headache. Being a house built within the last 30 years in WA it is double brick which means all exterior walls have an internal cavity between the internal walls. So we simply started in the middle linnen cupboard, cut a hole in the ceiling and snaked the cables through the rough, installing the occasional cable mount (those plastic squares) and cable tying the bundles in place so they didnt get too displaced should someone go into the roof space.

    I am looking to wire up my house in the coming months, a brick veneer house but thankfully with a floating floor so this time i will be crawling around under the house instead.

    I would remind people to be careful about drilling through walls near power points and switches because the last thing you want to do is drill right through a pair of live wires. If you are planning on terminating your own cables into outlets you should also be advised that you should technically have a cablers license if the equipment is to be connected to the telecommunications network, i,e your modem and switch. Personally if you know what your doing it is a bit o a joke but the legislation is there to stop some moron wiring mains AC into the telephone network.

      I'm about to embark on this mission in my double brick home.

      To underline that warning, I have been involved in a couple of ACMA cabling inspections, (back in the day) and I remember one of the inspectors telling the cabling contractor that had just finished wiring up 5 buildings on a site that his cable in a particular building wasn't up to code and to redo it all.

      The cabler told him to get stuffed. So the ACMA guy walks off without saying anything, and comes back about 3 minutes later with a f$#$%^g CHAINSAW!! He then starts the chainsaw and calls over the engine noise, "You have two options. Fix the cabling before I sign it off, or I will remove it and you will do it all again"

      At this point the contractor capitulated and we have never had a passive networking fault at that site.

      I believe that if you were inspected today for some home work, I don't think an ACMA inspector would take a chainsaw to your walls to remove the cable, I do reckon they would fine you, and last time i checked it was some $15k per offense.

    Pics as good examples would be great, but cable management is like keeping your room clean, just have to get your hands dirty and future proof it

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