As I may have mentioned in other reviews I have been responsible over the past few months for installing a new network at a brand new office at work. The complications are beyond belief when I have been installing a hardwired and wireless internet, 40 state of the art computers wired in over three floors, three smart boards, three plasma screen TV's with Wii's attached and a kitchen area. The wiring has been a nightmare to say the least. But Belkin have been to my rescue with these excellent cable ties and they really have made my life a heck of a lot easier!
These "S" clips are much more user friendly than the traditional cable ties. These ties traditional cannot be unconnected and reconnected, are weak and fall out of place all the time whereas what you actually have here are solid, purpose designed structures to suit cabling needs. Being of an S design it works in a simple fashion, clip them open, insert able and you away.
They are made of a tough, resilient and hard material meaning they stand up to abuse and have an easy to open yet tight wearing fit that mean once locked they wont come open by accident until you instruct them too. Very well made!
Indeed the grip these units posses on the wires is so sturdy they wont be able to move and slip away but they are of the fine balance where they will not cause any damage to the cables They are so easy to use and make such a different the cable storage.
Another major asset to this brand, and one which I have never come across, us that these contain labels on top which you can stick on and this makes it far easier in such a complicated system as the one I work with to find which cable is indeed which. They are very tiny labels and this makes it awkward to use but the plusses outweigh the minuses.
At around £2.50 for 6 clips this is a bargain and given how sturdy, reliable and easy to use they are I would urge anyone with any networking dilemmas to invest in them.
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My dad used to work for the fire brigade, not as a fireman (thank GOD or all my mates would be fancying my DAD!!!) but in another role inside one of the main fire stations in Birmingham. While he was there he went on a few training courses about how to prevent fires and stuff, he always brought home what he learned and one thing he's spend years drumming into us all is how important it is to not have cables and wires trailling all over the house. I've took all that in and when I was given a new PC for my bedroom I didn't want the wires everywhere, and that was a bit more important than usual as well because my 3 year old sister plays in my bedroom quite a bit and because of not having all that many plug sockets there are more wires going along the floor and walls than there should be!
These Belkin S Clips are brill for helping to keep the wires tidy, I don't know if they stop the fire hazard because I've still got wires all over the place but they definately stop the risk of tripping and make dusting easier because it means instead of a tangle of wires I've got each set of 2 wires attached to each other in a neat line.
They are an S shape and all you have to do is push the wire into the gap, turn it over and push another wire into the other gap. The clip will sort of open up enough for you to push the wire through and then close back together when it's gone in. God, does that make ANY sort of sense?????? Have a look at the photo Dooyoo have got up and you'll get a better idea!
The clips hold the wires tight and snug, you haven't got to make sure the clip is lying flat because even if you've got it attached to a cable that is running downwards the grip is tight enough so that the clip won't just slide down the cables. The inside of the clip is smooth and that's good, I had some cheapo cable clips last year and they would hold the wire with little plastic teeth. The trouble was they ended up madly dangerous because when I used on on some cables off a MEGA cheap clock radio the teeth actually punctured the plastic of the cable and were nearly touching the metal wires inside!!!
These cable clips come with little labels so that you can write on each one what the cable is for. That comes in handy for me because my printer is a bit dodgy and needs unplugging sometimes so by using the labels I can see straight away which cable is which and I can just follow it down to take the right plug out.
The only problem is that the labels are so small they are dead fiddly to work with, you have to kind of push and slide them into place on the cable clip and I can't do it without them creasing up. It's no biggie because I can still read the label but it would be nice if they had made it a bit easier to use.
The cable clips last for ages, it's one of them things you'll put on and not have to mess with then again unless you replace something or need to rearrange your electricals. They only cost something mad like £3.00 for a pack of 6 cable clips and if you think that each clip holds 2 cables then you've definately got a bargain.
Recommended..... keeps your cables looking neat and tidy.