I was giddy with glee when the first wireless peripherals appeared on the market, and light-headed with excitement when wi-fi entered our vocabulary. We were promised a wonderful wireless world.
OK, maybe we weren’t, but that’s what I hoped for. Instead I had to settle for a just-a-tad-less-wires world.
In my pretty-wireless office, the Imac remotely talks to the Time Capsule, which in turn wirelessly speaks to my printer. And that’s that: I saved two cables. Ho-hum!
I still need power cables, telephone line to the router, LAN from the router to the Time Capsule and other assorted wires. And it’s not like I can cut a cable to fit the space, so I am left with a medusa-like jumble that pains my eyes and makes cleaning a hassle. I had to find a simple way to keep those cables out of sight. And I found one.
You see the cute box? That’s part of the solution.
It’s a very simple concept: I made a loop with the excess cables, tie them with a tie wrap, and hid them in the box through a hole in the back. I am sure some entrepreneur is already selling a plastic version of this somewhere. But mine cost nothing.
Making the box was pretty simple too. It’s basically a used USPS Priority Mail box taped open. I added some internal support with pieces of styrofoam stapled in place, and wrapped the box with packing tape to keep everything in place. Then I wrapped it with scrapbooking paper and laminated cardstock.
The box has one hole in the back for feeding the wires, one on top and at the bottom for ventilation (more below).
Because both the Time Capsule and the Router produce heat, I can’t just stack them on top of each other. I added “legs” to the box by glueing some plastic pieces I found in the toolbox. On top of the cable box I pinned nail-in glides to keep the Time Capsule from sitting directly on top of the box.
I also found that wire caps (also found in the tool box) snap tightly onto the glides the router came with. The extra 3/4″ height lets the router and Time Capsule “breathe”, making ventilation easier.
I am doing some work on my little “office in a closet”, so I’ll keep you posted on my battle against unruly wires and filing disasters.