What Do I Do With This ‘Cable Spaghetti’ Underfoot?

cable spaghetti!You might think that with all the advances in technology that you hear about everywhere you go especially around wireless and cloud-based services that soon all those cables and wires should become a thing of the past.  It is true that there are more and more electronic services that make communications and computing more mobile and convenient.  Yet still certain cabling and wiring will likely always be necessary.  It will just become less “visible” in other ways.

Devices with wireless technology will all still require power cords or recharging stations.   Households or home offices will still need to effectively handle:  audio and video cables; fax and phone lines; lamps and other appliance power cords; extension cords; etc.

In other locations, such as in more rural areas with fewer connectivity options or in the contrasting larger office environments, wireless may not offer the necessary reliability, speed, or security.   Then you also have data centers and servers that are just too powerful to operate without being tethered.

Since cabling and wiring will be with us for a while, it is important that those cords be effectively managed and not just kicked around or carelessly tolerated.  Improper cable management can cause damage to equipment and to people working around it.  It can even lead to serious business losses if electronic services are interrupted for both brief and extended periods of time.

Expertise Awaits:

There are professionals that you can consult for advice, for example Cable Management Experts or Office Space Planners.  Experts should be used when you have larger scale needs around:  installing; moving; maintaining and repairing sometimes elaborate office wiring layouts.

Things to Consider:

You need to know what you need.  How much foot traffic is there?  Will there be heavy furniture near or around the wiring?  Does the wiring need to be managed or concealed?  Are there a few or many cords to manage?  How accessible do the wires need to be?  How much access to electrical outlets is needed?  Can wiring be mounted to walls or desks nearby?  Is there a current floor covering surface that you could mount to? Is the current flooring raised or not?

Types of Solutions:

Solutions can vary from bundling the wiring, such as with: Velcro hook and loops; self-adhesive mounting; bungee cords; or clips.  If the wiring needs to be camouflaged, you might consider rigid or flexible floor cord covers, enclosures, or raceways.  Some can be installed with kits.  More advanced solutions include Raised Flooring which allows for better accessibility and protection of the cables.  And, last but not least, don’t forget to properly label the wires and cables.

Helen Hoefele part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites.  Follow her @figmentations.