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Old 09-02-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Any messy wire/cable management solution?


Look at the picture below. I am sure many of you here have been bothered by such messy wires/cables in home. See, attempt to disconnect one device pretty much requires me to disconnect all that are intertwined there. I am wondering if there is any solution out there that can help us better organize such messy wires.


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Old 09-02-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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Best solution is better organization. Group the wires by device and zip tie them together. Bundle everything with velcro loops and clean up the mess. Unfortunately everytime you add a device you basically need to undo and redo just about everything.....isn't technology wonderful?

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Shorter patch cords would help.
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For the Ethernet cables, you can use Velcro straps, or bread twist ties. First thing is, get that plastic covering off of the black Linksys, and as for what appears to me as a VoIP device, get both up on the desk top, or a shelf, so they can breathe. For shorter patch cables, go to Monoprice.com and get some. I keep 3 or 4 2 foot cat-5e patch cables, that I hang on my network equipment rack in my basement, along with some longer ones, because you never know.

If you want some really good pictures of cable management, take a look at http://www.dslreports.com/forum/bbphotos Is there any way that you can take another picture farther back, to get the whole gist. Dig through some of the photos at http://www.dslreports.com/forum/homephotos There are some good, and some bad, but those are along the lines of what you are wanting to do, nothing big.
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This pretty much how mine has been since 2003 at this place. I went from having ATT DSL, to Comcast for internet, then back to ATT for U-Verse. It works for me, and with the bottom shelf that the extra cables are on at the bottom, I had a old computer running pfSense. Not too extravagant, but it does the job.

Don't mind the mess. It has been that way since this Spring, when I my neck started to get worst, and have not been able to get to it, along with my workbench, but I really should, so I can use those shelves to the left of the rack.

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Actually, shorter Ethernet cables do help a little and guess what, I bought a 50 ft cat6 last year and used about half for my home office in the basement. I think I can make a few foot-long Ethernet cable to untwine the mess just a little. Yes, I do have crimper tools and a dozen of RJ-45 connectors.

Yes, I have an extra Voip phone besides the one from Comcast.

The blackbox is a powerline Ethernet adapter, just to make home network easier, but I do lose speed for that.
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This pretty much how mine has been since 2003 at this place. I went from having ATT DSL, to Comcast for internet, then back to ATT for U-Verse. It works for me, and with the bottom shelf that the extra cables are on at the bottom, I had a old computer running pfSense. Not too extravagant, but it does the job.

Don't mind the mess. It has been that way since this Spring, when I my neck started to get worst, and have not been able to get to it, along with my workbench, but I really should, so I can use those shelves to the left of the rack.

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Well, if I had enough space like yours, I would also build a network center like yours. I constantly hunger for more space at home.
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Yeah, it is only about a 800 sq foot basement. I found placing it right under the landing for the basement stairs worked out great. To the left is the breaker box. The rack I got off of eBay. It is a 3 foot steel a/v rack, and currently sits on top of a shelving unit that the rack is sitting on. I am wanting to change some things around on it, but until I figure out what I am going to do with our Kitchen, as for wanting a cat-5 & a cat-3 on the wall, and add a couple of more runs for two rooms, the current way it is wired no longer is fitting my needs. I have 9 runs to the patch panel, with one not in use right now, and still have space for 15 more runs, whether I make some for telephone, or all LAN, that I still have not decided.

As for your set up, try not to use solid strand cat-5e or cat-6, get some patch cables from monoprice.com, which they are actually pretty cheap. I used White 2 foot cat-5e patch cables for the three U-verse set tops, one is a dvr, and the Red are computer, xbox-360 & blu-ray. Using the two different colors, makes it easier to go down there and change things, if I need to, which really does not, because we do not move equipment around between floors, such as the Xbox-360.

Also, my network is a hybrid wifi/wired LAN. We have eight devices on wifi, and six devices wired. One being a roku xd on wifi, 3m Filtrete/Radio Thermostat ct-50 wifi thermostat, a couple of apple i devices, a nook, and a couple of laptops. It works out, and we have never saturated our network, with all three u-verse boxes on at the same time, and being on the two laptops, etc.


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