Cable management is for tryhards. That’s what I told myself a couple of weeks ago, when I again found myself separating the large, tangled seabed of Ethernet cables to vacuum my office.
While wireless connectivity is the norm for movie steaks and even audio files these days, gamers have made life difficult for ourselves. We have called latency our enemy. So we are still carpentrying our three HDMIs from our three consoles to our TVs, and still pulling three Ethernet cables from the modems to the three consoles. And of course we still connect the three consoles to the wall. After a year of being at home and collecting both gaming equipment and office equipment, my floor looks like the bottom of Strega Nona̵
There are, of course, repairs. Look up any video meant to guide players on their cable management journey, and you’ll find a YouTube thumbnail of a faded smile normie holding a drill and multiple finger traps (this is cable clips) —high stakes and high stakes “home improvement projects. “Personally, I’m not having surgery on my desk. And if I have six extra hours on my hands, I’ll not spend them on my stomach in my office. I’ll spend them playing.
It is possible to do cable management the lazy way. Here are some smart but not so strenuous ways for players to keep their floors and walls tidy.
The cables you have
This is not to be rude, but you would not have so many cables to manage in the first place if you had just bought the right length. If you cannot separate your floor from your local forest, it is likely because your cables are too long.
If you have funds, you should consider new cables. Measure your cables around a room and add another eight inches – better a little too long than too short. Buying high quality cables with minimal slack will reduce the likelihood of having to cable in the future. And since it can be annoying to disconnect cables when hidden behind a wall-mounted cable car, you can swing for a durable, premium high-speed HDMI, which you probably want for either Xbox One X or PlayStation 5. Cable quality matters in the long run.
Cable management equipment
What you need depends on your setup. For example, if your PC lives on top of your desktop, you may want to mount a surge protector on the bottom of your desktop so that only one cable is connected to the wall. If your TV is wall mounted and you hate the hanging HDMI cables that run up from the Nintendo switch, you may want to get some paint to match the color of the cable path to your wall.