Wire management is an art. It takes discipline, a good plan, and organization. Here are some tips to get your electronics and their wires organized and visually appealing. Let’s use your Desktop computer for an example. You could easily create a nest of wires under your desk. Sometimes it seems like there aren't enough ports on your computer for all your electronic devices. Connected to your Tower you may have your Modem, Router, Printer, Keyboard, Mouse, External Hard drives and various USB devices. These cables could easily add up and leaving you with a mess.
1. LABEL YOUR WIRES. When you buy a new printer, mouse or other device and want to replace your old one, you may find yourself on your hands and knees trying to find the right cable to pull. Easy fix; use a label maker and label your devices so that you can easily find them.
2. BUNDLE YOUR CABLES. Do not use zip ties for the exact reason mentioned above, things change and you may need to move something. Zip tying your wires will cause complications later. Use Velcro straps for easy removal and replacement when you swap out or add new devices.
3. WALL PLATES. Want a really clean look? Install a wall plate with with the same ports found on the back of your computer tower. This may cost more, but will pose incredible results. You could tuck away your computer tower and other devices in a cabinet (with ventilation of course). Have the cables you need access to ran through the wall (make sure the cables are in-wall rated) and connected to the back of the wall plate. Here you could easily connect all your wires to the wall place face, including speaker ports, USB ports, VGA/HDMI ports and more. Only thing you will see on your desk is your keyboard, Monitor and mouse. We recommend using a professional for this one.
4. POWER STRUGGLES. Always use a surge protector for your electronics. They protect your gear from power surges like a lightning striking a transformer down the road. Some surge protectors actually warranty damage to your electronic devices if an event like that happens. Keep in mind that surge protectors do get old and wear out, so definitely replace them if an event like this occurs. Make sure to buy a surge protector with more outlets than you need. You may end up buying more equipment and want to stay away from daisy chaining your power strips. Last note; if possible try to keep your power cables away from your data and audio cables. They run much more current and so create much bigger fields, big and strong enough to interfere with the tiny currents going thru the other cables. There are power surge protectors available that could be mounted in your wall for a clutter free looks aswell.