cable management

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  1. cdtoaster

    cdtoaster Member

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    just wondering what you guys do for cable management behind the desk. i have 2 towers and 2 monitors (one is a tv), then 2 consoles, speakers, headphones, LAN cables, UPS etc
    it's a huge mess and difficult to keep clean. ideally i'd like no cables/power board/switch on the floor
    im thinking about trying something like this
    http://www.bunnings.com.au/cable-management-zone-2m-roll-large-zip-wht-cc6793_p4430314

    then just using adhesive hooks to hold it up at the back of the desk
     
  2. Jim G

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    Velcro. Get a long roll of the double-sided stuff that sticks to itself and have a band of it every ten inches or so - makes it heaps easier to break out sub-lines of cables. You can just get adhesive hooks to keep it off the ground and stick the line Adhesive hooks work great for keeping the cabling off the ground.

    I always found the linked items annoying to add/remove cables to once they had a few in them.
     
  3. Bold Eagle

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    That plastic coated wire you get with "every electrical product" that "manages the cables".....reuse that....and reuse it.....and reuse it.......
     
  4. NeonMadness

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    Yes,yes,yes,yes ^. Also, Cable ties, i sometimes use string but thats just me.
     
  5. ipex

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    velcro is what i use , easy to add and remove cables , keeps shit nice and tidy
     
  6. Rezin

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    Cable trays is another option. No zip ties, etc.. and especially not that twisty conduit that you linked to (which has always been a pain in the arse, for me, when trying to add or remove a cable from the bunch).
     
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    Velcro if it's going to be visible at all, or be worked on very often. Duct tape if setting up for someone else that I know won't touch anything until they upgrade in 7 years.
     
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    +1 fir velcro, its great stuff all that other stuff is annoying to put on, annoying if you have to take a cable out or put one in Velcro is easy
     
  11. mike-s

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    Agreed, Velcro all the way. I got that silver ducting stuff. But it is a pain to remove or add cables. Also there it a limit on how many cables can fit in that ducting.
     
  12. the3coopers

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    Easiest thing BY FAR is to buy some large cup hooks, and screw them up under the desk. Then you have custom made cable trays that get it all up off the floor.

    I also mount power boards up under the desk as well, which makes things heaps neater. I install little shelves to hold UBS hubs, router, etc so absolutely everything is stealth.

    By doing that the only cables will generally be the incoming power and your network or modem cable.

    A great neatening opportunity is the rear of drawers. There is usually a 100mm or more behind the back of the drawers that is perfect for hiding all the power cables inside.
     
  13. Hood

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    My cabling was completely out of hand, so i brought two rack cable managers off ebay and boleted them to the back of the desk. also brought two 10 port power boards and ran them just below the cable managers. now its all up off the floor and looks very tidy

    http://wiretek.com.au/media/catalog...d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/a/cable_manager-1-1.jpg

    http://www.anyware.com.au/Marketing/ProductInfo/Images/LB_PDU10_10/LB_PDU10_101615553826761_L_.jpg

    gords edit: Do not hotlink pics you are not hosting yourself.
     
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  14. Gnatty

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    How are you guys bundling up excess wire? Since my powerboard is right next to my desk, most of my power cables are waay too long.
     
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    Where did you get that power board?
     
  16. PabloEscobar

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    I hate people that use duct tape or electical tape to bundle cables. It doesn't last very long, Is impossible to expand, and leaves a shitty glue coating over everything.
     
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    I use velcro and bulldog clips, seems to do the job.
     
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    If it's "permanent" cable ties. If it's not, bulldog clips.
     
  20. DeadLetter

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    Velcro is god. I use it at work and at home on everything.
     

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