How to Hide an Ethernet Cable

Written by amy l. gouger
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How to Hide an Ethernet Cable
Ethernet cords come in a variety of cords to match any decor (ethernet connections image by TekinT from

Ethernet cords transfer data from one piece of equipment to the next. It comes in a variety of colours, such as black, while, yellow and even green. The problem with Ethernet cords lies in the quantity needed for a wired Internet network. One Ethernet cord can stretch over 50 feet to connect the modem to the computer. Add more than one computer and cords cross every room. The cord can cause problems with safety and distract from the decor Hiding the cable is the only recourse, unless you switch from a wired to wireless network. Before deciding how to hide the cord, plan the cable's route through the house.

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    Create a hole in the floor next to the modem and/or router. Plug one end into the appropriate device and thread the Ethernet cord through the hole. Create a second hole near the computer. Insert the cord up through the floorboards and connect it to the back of the computer.

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    Run the Ethernet cord along the wall. Disguise the cord by choosing a colour that matches the rugs and furnishings. Use electric or painters tape to secure it. Both tapes come in a variety of colours to blend it into the furnishings and secure the cord safely out of walkways. Strips of hook and loop fasteners would work as well. Cord covers come in a variety of colours and can hide the Ethernet cord by blending into the flooring and protecting it from foot traffic.

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    Cover the cord with a rug or place furniture in front of it.

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    Camouflage the cord by coiling it into a decorative piece, such as a pot, plastic yarn dispenser, inside a footstool or other container-like furniture. Use other fasteners, such as hook and loop fasteners, to secure the cord and/or the container. Use adhesive to attach the cord to the back or bottom of a large piece of furniture.

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    Change the existing cord to a shorter one. Shorter cords can be hidden more effectively than longer ones since short cords have no coils and less length to hide.

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