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Cable Management Kit, White
Make your cable runs look like they were professionally installed with this professional Cable Management Kit from Monoprice!
Each raceway in this cable management kit is a hinged plastic enclosure, that latches on one side, making it easy to open to insert, remove, or manage installed cables. When closed, the raceway measures 11/16" between the latch lip and the edge of the hinged side. Vertically, it is 1/4" at the edge and 3/8" at the top of the dome. Under the latch lip, there is a space about 3/16" x 3/16".
The raceways and connectors are white plastic and can be painted to match your walls or decor. Each raceway has adhesive foam tape attached to the back side for easy installation onto a clean, dry surface, including slightly uneven surfaces. The raceways can be easily cut down to shorter lengths using a hacksaw.
The kit includes four long (30") and four short (9.25") raceways, plus a variety of connection covers to fit almost any circumstance. Additional connection covers are available separately (use the links below).
Included in the Package:
- 4x MP-CMP01 30" cable raceway
- 4x MP-CMP02 9 1/4" cable raceway
- 1x MP-CMP03 "T" connection cover (PID 8278)
- 2x MP-CMP04 "L" connection cover (PID 8279)
- 3x MP-CMP05 straight connection cover (PID 8280)
- 1x MP-CMP06 outer corner connection cover (PID 8281)
- 1x MP-CMP07 inner corner connection cover (PID 8282)
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157" of Raceway per package
Nice selection of Space Covers
CONS: Adhesive may be TOO Strong
A little hard to open and close the Raceways
I am using them to conceal two 14 gauge surround speaker wires, also from Monoprice, in a 5.1 system in an apartment. Since I am in an apartment and did not wish to pay for damage to the drywall, I left the wax paper on the double sided foam tape that comes attached to the raceways. Instead, I drilled small pilot holes at each end and used 6 x 1 inch screws directly into the drywall (and framing behind the drywall when I could). The small holes will be easy to fill in when I move out of the apartment. I am running the surround wires up and over a closet door and the front door, so the horizontal raceways are helped by partially being supported against the door trim. I debated using wall anchors, but decided I would try the screws alone and could put anchors in later if I needed the extra strength. Since they are in a position where they won't run a risk of being knocked into, the screws without anchors are fine. I only have 2 surround speakers, so the weight of the cables is pretty light. If I had a 7.1 system I would definitely have used anchors.
The kits have 30 inch raceways x 4, and 9.25 inch raceways x 4, plus connectors for straight runs, right angles for flat surfaces as well as interior and exterior corners, and T-intersections. I had to cut one section to length which was done easily with a $4 hack saw from a hardware store.
The raceways were a little stiff to open fully, so driving the screws took a little coordination to hold them open while screwing them in. Once mounted the two runs of 14 gauge cable fit in nicely with plenty of room to spare. I could have easily gotten 4 cables in there if I needed to. I would recommend trying to have the cables with no twists. It just makes it easier to handle if they are uncoiled and untwisted. The raceway connectors are a bit wider than the raceways themselves, so make sure you allow for the extra thickness if mounting them in a corner or against trim. I was a bit too close on one raceway and had to finagle it to get the connector in place. The raceways are paint-able, but they blend nicely with the standard white eggshell paint color of the apartment. Since they run along the door trim they are pretty unobtrusive.
Once the cables were in, the raceways snapped closed very easily. I was a little surprised that the length was only 30 inches, since most other kits were 36 to 48 inches, but as I stated above, the price is so much less than other kits that having to buy one or two extra kits from Monoprice would still save you a substantial amount of money over the competition. The shorter length makes them a little easier to handle if you are installing them by yourself.
This was my first time doing business with Monoprice, although several friends have used them for years and recommended them highly. Other than the lack of details of the kits when I first saw them and having to wait a little before the kits were in stock, the experience was a very good one. The kits have worked great for me, just the way I expected them to work. By mounting them with screws instead of the supplied tape, I will be able to remove them with minimal damage to the walls, and in the meantime my cables are safely held unobtrusively out of the way. The kits must be popular because I noticed they are out of stock currently. They work great, but the blister pack was difficult to open as blister packs always are. I would give a "10" for the actual raceway system, but the blister pack could be improved upon. Monoprice has more pictures and a very good description of the kits now compared to when I first found them a couple months ago. The kits were a new product at the time, so evidently it took a while for the description to be posted. I just hope they are in stock next time I need to conceal wires.
PROS: Price, ease of use, solid construction, aesthetics compared to bare wire
CONS: Blister packaging
The price, on the other hand, makes this product a value. Keep in mind the track is VERY narrow. I was able to fit an HDTV power cord, a Blue Ray Player power cord, a VCR power cord, a Nintendo sensor bar cord (very small) & a Nintendo component A/V cable. All this was a very tight fit - it took significant cable grooming to get all the twists out of the two flat cords (Blue Ray & VCR cords) and I could barely close the cover. It would be nice if they had a similar, wider product.
Go ahead and buy this product. Just be sure you understand the limited space and plan on augmenting the mounting system (your own 3M tape would likely be easiest).
PROS: Price, length of track, hinged cover
CONS: double stick tape doesn't stick to wall (does this make it single stick?), very narrow - limited number of cables, product feedback has not resulted in product improvement
PROS: Roomy and super cheap compared to the comparable one at home dee-poo
CONS: Somewhat hard to open but I guess not a big deal as you'll probably only need to do this once.
PROS: Comes with good assortment of bends and straights.
CONS: Doesn't come in a wider model
PROS: Economical and serves its purpose well for covering Ethernet network cables.
CONS: Would have liked one more MP-CMP05 straight connection cover, and one more MP-CMP03 "T" connection cover (but they are available separately if you need more). Wished they made a Closed-End cover - like a MP-CMP05 with one end closed off - to cover the hole where a cable comes through the wall.
PROS: Attractive Design, Excellent price, Easy to work with.
CONS: If you need to customize any of the fittings to work with your space, you have to be exceptionally careful as they crack/spit easily.
Predrill the channel at both locations, locate on wall and secure the top screw. Plumb the channel and then install the 2nd screw. Works like a charm. Only add the top clips until after you are done, they don't provide any strength to the system, just decorative anyway.
PROS: Everything about it
CONS: Limited size, use 2 side by side if too many or cables too big.
PROS: Price, and they hold plenty of cables in them.
CONS: None really. I wish there was more pieces included in kit so I didn't have to buy 2 kits perhaps? I don't have tools to but the longer pieces though.
SIGH... not sure what I want to do with the two unopened kits...
PROS: -It's cheap ($ wise)!
-On par dimensions wise with competitors.
-Did I mention it is cheap?
CONS: -11/16" x 6/16" clearance is really only enough space for about 2 premium quality monoprice cables. You have another 2/16" in the back/top area that can manage to fit really thin cables in (speaker cables and such, but even the premium speaker cables will be tight).
-The tape doesn't work well enough to keep the channels on the wall (this could be seen as a plus, since the Wiremold alternative actually sticks so well, it rips off your drywall and paint).