Cable-keeper coil

Today in my ongoing series of photos from my travels over the years: a coiled cable-keeper in a shop in Melbourne (though the coil bore a label saying MADE IN USA). The cable came down from the ceiling to the cash-register, protecting the Ethernet cable that ran down from a drop-ceiling. I've been responsible for more than my share of truly ugly cable-runs with sudden drops in the middle of the room where the data needed to be -- a handsome little gizmo like this could have made my fugly hacks into decor. Link


  1. I’ve seen hacks like this before – the coil is like a machine shop power cord, and you can snake other cords inside it. But adding or removing a wire can be a tremendous pain. There are a number of products out there that are segmented “spines” that manage cables on runs from desk to floor. The heftier versions could also run to a ceiling. Their cool in an alien kind of way.

  2. Speaking as my company’s “computer guy”, I wish all cable runs let you follow which cable goes where.

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