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]