Choosing a cable management system can be somewhat of a challenge for many. However, by keeping the following things in mind, the choosing process can be made easier. As such, here are some things to remember when choosing a cable management system.
First, you should consider going for a cable management system that has lots of teeth. The main purpose for doing so is because this allows you to be more granular when navigating your cables. Along this line, you’ll want to be careful when choosing the right spacing between the teeth.
In general, it is recommended that you keep the teeth spaced by about one or two inches apart. This spacing should help maintain the structure of your cables throughout the whole system from panel to switch port. If the spacing is too close or less than an inch, it can cause problems with threading multiple cables. Alternatively, if the spacing is too wide or more than two inches apart, it can negatively impact the cable organization.
A second thing to consider is having a cable management system with closed faced cover. Having a closed faced cover comes with several benefits. For one, it protects your cables from snags. Second, it helps to keep your bunches of cables in place or in their respective troughs. Lastly, having a closed faced cover gives your cables and your whole cable management system a clean and organized look. With this, it should be easier to distinguish one cable bunch from another.
Lastly, be sure to choose a cable management system that is made high quality plastic or metal material. This should go unsaid, but it is something worth repeating over and over again. When you choose low quality plastic or metals, several problems may ensue. For one, low quality plastics or metals tend to bend and bind up the cables. Second, when the teeth are broken off, they can leave sharp edges that can damage the cables.
In addition, low quality cable management systems tend to get damaged easily. This will then force you to repair or replace them. Needless to say, this will cost you money. By choosing high quality materials, you can be sure that your cable management system will last you for a very long time. This is a cost-effective measure to take especially when you think about the savings you’ll be able to generate when you do away with needless repairs and replacements.