The modern day entertainment station has multiple electronic devices – games consoles, blu-ray/DVD player, Freeview box, speaker system – all requiring a minimum of two cables to operate. While your television may disguise the mess, when the time comes to tinker with the cables, it can be an absolute nightmare!
Organising cables is a good habit to get into. Not only does it prevent the endless headache of the untangling process (which often requires you to dismantle the entire system just to make one simple change), it also reduces heat around the critical components.
Get the Right Size Cables
While you can buy a HDMI cable for just a few pounds, it might not be the best cable for your hardware. Most external electronic devices are inches from the television, so why buy a metre long cable to connect it? The less slack you have the better.
Colour Code Your Cables
If you can replace all of your cables, colour code them: one colour for each device. Having colour coded cables eliminates the problem of having to trace the line every time you want to change the port. Alternatively, wrap a colour coded sticker to each end of the cable.
Consider the Thickness of Your Cables
Kink-free cables come with fabric sheaths. While they are more expensive, they’re definitely worth the investment if you often have to untangle wire from different devices that have coiled together. But remember the length!
When you have the appropriate size, colour and thickness, place all of your electronic devices where you want them in your entertainment station, and then decide what number HDMI/SCART port each device should feed into.
Separate the Power Cables
Your power supply should be separate from everything else. You should aim to have all of your hardware connections moving in one direction, and all of your power cables in the other. Get a multi-plug surge protector and run all of your hardware through one unit. This will not only provide greater convenience, but also greater protection.
Label Your Cables
Even with colour coded connections, labelling can be a huge help. For the sake of a few pounds and minutes of your time, add labels to each connection point. This way you will always know which end needs to be removed should you need to replace or test a cable.
Use Cable Ties and Surge Cases
The last step is to ensure your cables remain as clean and tidy as possible. Use binder clips or zip ties to gather up the slack. Place all of the excess cabling inside a surge protector box. Additionally, use Velcro strips to mount the cables to other objects, such as the legs of your television stand.
Sorting out your cables can be a headache, especially if years of mismanagement have allowed them to run wild. However, you only ever need to sort them out once. Adding new hardware won’t be so difficult when you’re not battling endless cable spaghetti.
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