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This time we are going to talk about a piece of equipment that will help us to keep our cables organised in such a way that we can finally know what each one is for. We are referring to the cable organisers, objects to be able to fix and protect the cables we have.
As the name suggests, cable organisers are modules that allow you to identify the network of cables connected to your system. But, in addition, these cable organisers have a travel version in which we have a bag with compartments for the cables to take on a trip.
We want to help you find the best cable organiser you can find on the market, whether for installation or travel. That’s why we will show you the various designs and formats they can have along with the main features and benefits that cable organisers have.
- 1 The most important facts
- 2 The best cable organiser: Our picks
- 3 Buying Guide
- 4 Buying criteria
The most important facts
- Cable organisers are devices that allow us to organise and identify a network of cables within an installation. There are also cable organisers that are bags with various pockets to store cables that we are not using in an orderly and safe way so that they do not suffer internal breaks and cuts.
- There is a wide variety of models of cable organisers that are designed according to the length and thickness of the cable to be protected. Among the most popular, there are five models: channel, spiral, cabinet, support, and bags.
- Knowing the length of the cable, the thickness, and the area where we are going to install it are the factors to consider when evaluating the best cable organiser in order to have a tidy space and protected cables.
The best cable organiser: Our picks
Being able to know which cable is which or to make sure that it is in perfect condition is one of the great advantages that cable organisers offer us, but this is not the only one. In this section you will learn about all the other advantages that these devices have, along with the different models and costs of cable organisers.
What is a cable organiser and what are its advantages?
A second version of cable organisers is available for cables that are not being used by a network or system. This version consists of a case with compartments to safely store and transport the cables.
The use of cable organisers helps us, in addition to keeping the cables organised, to be able to identify and protect them, avoiding bends that can cause internal cuts, causing the cable to break and stop working.
Cable trough, spiral, cabinet, stand or bag cable organiser – what should you pay attention to?
Channel cable organiser. This model can hold several medium-thickness cables or one wide cable. It is made of hard plastic and consists of two parts that are assembled together to house the cable. Typically used in cable TV installation and in offices.
Spiral cable organiser. Allows protection of several cables of various thicknesses. It is made of soft plastic. In order to insert the cables, they must be rolled up inside the spiral. Until it covers them completely. They are used in homes and offices.
Cabinet cable organiser. Composed of an infrastructure in the form of a horizontal or vertical drawer, this type of organiser is mainly used in the organisation of network cables in offices because it allows a large number of cables to be housed comfortably.
Support cable organiser. Made of hard plastic, this type of organiser has grooves in which the cables can be placed for easy removal. Some models use double-sided tape so that they can be placed under desks.
Purse cable organiser. As mentioned above, this type of organiser has compartments for storing unused cables. It is also ideal for use when travelling to store charger or hard drive cables, among others.
|Channel cable organiser||Spiral cable organiser||Cabinet cable organiser||Stand cable organiser||Bag cable organiser|
|Material||Hard plastic||Soft plastic||Metal or plastic||Hard plastic||Nylon|
|Capacity||One thick cable or several thin cables||Thin cables||Thick cables||Thin cables||Thick and thin cables|
|Used for||Cable TV installation and offices||Entertainment systems and offices||Office networking systems||Charger or adapter cables||Housing various disused or travel cables|
As we have seen, cable organisers are a product that allows you to turn a disorganised space into a completely organised one and protect the integrity of your cables. But before you go out and buy one, you should know certain factors that will make your purchase safer.
- The type of installation
- The thickness of the cable
- The length of the cable
- The number of cables to be arranged
Each of these points will be discussed in more depth so that you have all the necessary elements to know what to look for when you want to buy a good cable organiser for use in your home or office.
The type of installation
This is undoubtedly the factor that will determine what type of cable manager you should buy to have a neat job. As we have seen, there are different types of cable managers to suit your needs. The type of installation will depend on whether it is at home or in the office.
Home. If you need a cable organiser at home, it is likely to be for organising cables for a home entertainment system or for a personal desktop computer. For both cases, the best option is to use a spiral cable organiser as it will help you to have a neat and tidy area.
Office. If the cable organiser is needed in an office, it may be for two things: either to organise the network system or for the computers. In the first case a box cable organiser is needed, as network cables are long and thick and it is the best option; now in the second case we can use a spiral cable organiser.
Another element to consider when purchasing a cable organiser is the thickness of the cables. In case we have cables with a high thickness, the best thing is to be able to acquire an exclusive organizer for that cable since, to introduce more than one can damage the organizer.
On the other hand, if what we have are cables of a small thickness, we can group them all in a single cable organiser in order to optimise the space of the equipment and have the cables that we are using in our equipment in a neater way.
Knowing how long our cable is will help us to choose the best cable organiser, as this way we can protect and cover the entire length of the cable without problems. Certain models such as those made of Velcro, soft plastic or neoprene can be cut to make a more precise fit.
Similarly, there is also the option of having models of cable organisers that can be coupled together to achieve the necessary length to be able to cover our cables perfectly.
The quantity of cables to order
Finally, before we can buy a cable organiser, we must see how many cables we are going to place in it. Depending on this number will depend on the diameter or size of our device to be able to arrange our cables.
From 1 to 5 cables. If we have this number of cables and they are between 2 and 5 mm thick, we can use a cable organiser with a diameter between 2 and 3 cm or a small box. This way we will know that our cables are not squeezed inside the organiser.
If the cables are thicker (e.g. a television cable), we will have to acquire a device with a larger diameter, which can be between 5 or 7 cm, so that our cables are well protected and well organised.
From 5 to 10 cables. If the number of cables increases, we must have an organiser with a larger size or a larger diameter. If the cables are thin, an organiser with a diameter of 4 to 6 cm is more than sufficient. If the cables are thicker, it is advisable to pair them 3 by 3 in organisers with a diameter of 5 or 7 cm.
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