Ethernet cables can increase your internet speed but be an eyesore at the same time. It can give a cluttered look. There are several easy ways to hide an ethernet cable though.
Let’s go over some ways to hide them through your house and in the room with the cable.
Hiding the cable through your house: baseboard and along the wall
The most obvious way is to install them on the wall. We have discussed how to do this HERE. If you do this, you will only see an outlet. This takes quite some work to do and you often have to drill in your walls. Always use a stud finder and check if there are electric cables or plumbing drains when you do this. Damaging these can be dangerous and expensive.
Another option is to install the cable in the attic. You can drill then downwards and get it in the right rooms. Just add enough clips so that the cable doesn’t sag over time. You can do the same in the crawlspace. If you have wooden floors, it is possible to install the cable under them as well. There are several clips that make it easy to do this. It is best to do this in the middle of the wooden frame so that you don’t break it.
These are not the most pleasant areas to work in so make sure to wear gloves and goggles. It is best to do this during spring or fall as it can be too hot to do this during the summertime and too cold during the winter. Make sure that you don’t break the insulation or other utilities that are running in these areas. It is a neat way to hide the cables though as you can work very precisely. The main drawback is that mice or other rodents might chew on your cables and break them.
This is not always possible, especially if you rent a house. Let’s explore some other options.
You can also install the ethernet cable on the baseboard. Make sure to add enough supporting clips as cables can sag over time. You can simply slide a baseboard that has a similar color over it and you won’t see it anymore. You can also place furniture in front of it to make it less visible.
It is also possible to paint the cable to try and hide it. This won’t look as nice though.
You can also use a tapestry to cover the cable. This is not ideal though as the cable might get damaged if people walk over it. For this reason, this should only be done if there are no other options. Ethernet cables are quite fragile and if you bend them too much, they might break.
You can also run the cable across the ceiling and add crown molding. This can be quite a lot of work as you have to measure and cut the molding to the right size.
Laying the cables on the curtain board is also an option if you have big curtains. There are also some lamps that allow you to run cables through them so that they are less visible to visitors.
If you have a lot of cables in the same area, you can install a switch to reduce the number of cables that are needed. You can run one cable to it and then multiple cables from there. It is often easy to hide a switch in a closet or behind a wall. It can take some planning to do this and a switch is quite expensive so it is not the easiest solution.
The color of the jacket of the cable is also important. Pick one that is not too bright. Black or white works best as these can mix with your current interior. You can also pick a smaller cable if you don’t need the highest speeds, these are easier to hide. You don’t always need CAT7 cables as a lot of devices won’t support this anyway.
Hiding the cable in a room
You can use the same methods that we outlined before for the room itself. There are more tricks that you can use though.
A room that has an ethernet cable often has other cables as well. You can use cable gutters or other cable management tools to bundle different cables together. This reduces the space that your cables take up.
There are special desks that have an ethernet outlet as well, hiding the cable even more. You can also install a cable management box under your table. It can take some thinking to hide the cables as well as possible. Keep in mind that you might have other cables later on so think about this when hiding your cables. Cable ties make it possible to hang several cables together and reduce the clutter tremendously.
Cables are often protected so it is possible to store electric wires and ethernet cables together. Just keep them away from plumbing as drains can leak over time. This can cause a lot of damage as it can cause short circuits.
Do electricians install ethernet cables: who runs ethernet cables?
We have discussed how to install ethernet cables in another post. If you don’t want to do this yourself, you can contact an electrician. Most electricians also install ethernet cables as the same principles (such as cable fishing) are used when they have to install electrical cables.
Not every electrician will do this but most of them will. Most electricians are able to run ethernet cables in homes. For businesses, you might have to reach out to a specialized company as these networks can get quite complex.
Some companies require very complex networks and this can require a lot of planning.
In this post, we have discussed how to hide ethernet cables. An electrician can help with this as well if needed. They can open up walls and hide cables behind them.
It is possible that the electrician is not able to repair the drywall afterward but most of them can do this.
Badly stored wires can be a tripping danger and should be avoided. Animals can also break them so it is worth investing some money in plastic cable gutters or other ways to protect your ethernet cables.
To conclude, we can say that there are several ways to hide ethernet cables. This allows you to enjoy high internet speeds without having to look at ugly cables all day. The best way is to install it in the wall and use cable gutters to hide the cable further. This is not always feasible and we have outlined some other options that you can consider. You have to look at your preferences and home to see what works for you.
Ethernet has to be connected to your router and sometimes your modem. This can make it hard to run the cables in your house. Luckily, there are some tricks that you can use to hide these cables so that you don’t trip over them!
There are specific products to do this and within 30 minutes, you can completely hide most cables.