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Akasa AK-TK02 5-pack of Velcro Cable Ties - Akasa AK-TK02 5-pack of Velcro Cable Ties
Fri, July 20 2007 | 3:14PM | PermaLink Feedback?
Akasa sent over a couple packs of their AK-TK02 cable ties last week. Cable ties always come in handy when wrangling wires outside of the PC, but come to think of it I can't recall the last time I saw a 5-pack of these nice velcro ties available anywhere.

When dealing with power and network data cables, which should always be bundled separately to prevent EMI interference issues, the mighty nylon zip tie often wins. Zip ties and power cords are fine, but zip ties and Ethernet data cables are not. Squishing or crimping a Cat-5e data cable can cause problems with signal transmission apparently. If you don't believe me, take a look at any network-puller's contract to install Cat-5e cabling in a building. There's a 99% chance the contract will contain a clause stating that no zip ties can be used on Cat-5e, and that any Ethernet lines found with zip ties on them will have to be replaced.

The Akasa AK-TK02 cable ties are black strips of velcro, and come five to a package. At one end is a loop of velcro large enough to pass over the RJ45 connector of an Ethernet cable, at the other end the catchy side of velcro. Each strip is 16cm long, about 1.6cm wide with the AKASA logo firmly applied. Each tie can comfortably wrap around a group of cables 5cm in diameter.
The ties work great with Ethernet cables, but as an example, the hole isn't large enough to slide over the angled DC adaptor of a laptop power cable. AC power plugs are out of the question too for that matter. The plastic end of a USB jack just barely fits through the hole, so use that as a frame of reference. It's a shame the cables aren't a little more versatile, but as long as you stick to wrapping up lengths of Ethernet cable they are quite handy.
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