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Cable Management: Why Is It Important?

by Jeff Atkins on January 15, 2018
ethernet cable bundles used for cable management

The overall process of cable management is important to any companies’ cable setup. Whether it be gigantic data centers or one room installations, clean cable organization is a win win for both sides. The cable itself is vital for your business to be up and running so proper care should always be considered. Lets take a look at some reasons why taking care of your cable installation is important and what is cable management.

What is Cable Management?

Cable Management is a term used to describe the way a cable network is set up. Cable management involves organizing your cables and hardware in a way so that it is easily identified and troubleshooted. This task takes the ease off of any future upgrades, repairs and giving your setup a professional look.

Let's get in to more detail on why you can benefit with proper cable management. No matter what size your set up is.

example of cable management in a rack

Why Is Cable Management Important?


Making our installations more efficient is one of the most beneficial tasks a person should consider. Not only does it save time but can decrease issues down the line. This is the plus side of proper cable management. Cable management is the organization of electrical or optical cables in a cabinet or an installation. The term comes from the goal of planning. Cable installations vary from job to job but for the most part you can see how difficult it is to properly situate each cable to make it easy to work with. Problems can happen down the line with too many cables around each other with possible issues of unplugging or identifying which cable is the cause. This is why cable management is very crucial to a smooth work place and installation.


Proper cable management can increase safety measures in the work place. Fire is a cause for concern after cable installation and loose cable can become tangled with each other possibly creating a spark. This spark can then turn into a fire damaging your network, data center and building. There is also the chance of someone coming by where the cables are installed and tripping or catching on the cables resulting in an injury. You never know what might happen and it's best to keep a clean and organized setup to reduce any chance of this.


Can you imagine the difficulty in identifying the problem with your cable when they are all loosely organized or not marked? You see pictures from time to time of installation where cable is all over the place and you cannot identify which cable is not working properly. Correct cable management can make life easier when going back to troubleshoot the problem with your cable. Organizing your network with various colors can help you trouble shoot problems down the line and can help in managing future additions. Plus, you'll get major props from others for a well managed setup.

Air Flow

An important aspect to cables longevity is the abundance of air flow during installation. The more air flow the better is the goal when cable is connected/running. This increases energy efficiency as well. Keeping temperatures low and consistent is beneficial to cables structure and performance. Increased temperatures can damage the cables jacket and do harm to its inner workings. Keeping your cables tied together and out of the way will open up airways to get to the cables to prevent temperatures from possibly increasing surrounding the cables.

The nature of the cable industry is that is is always changing. New categories of cable are being constructed as we speak. Another reason why cable management should be done is to make upgrading later down the line a little easier. We all want to be have the most current technologies so our business or home networks stay working efficient and properly. So go ahead and check out your installation and evaluate whether re-organization can and should be done.  

Do you have any questions regarding this blog? Any tips or tricks you would like to let us know about?

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1 comment
by Rhianna Hawk on January 14, 2019

You have a lot of really good points here on how to ensure that your cables are installed properly, and while my boss will be having a professional do the installation, it’s good to know what goes into it so that we can maintain that standard going forward. Knowing that we need a management system to ensure that we are able to quickly identify each cable, for example, is a very good tip and we’ll definitely want to make sure that any labels and markings are maintained, as you suggested. The fact that they need air flow is important to know, as well, and we’ll definitely make sure that everyone knows to preserve that for the cables to work properly.


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