Step 3: My setup

Picture of my setup
From left to right this power center controls an external hard drive, a free-standing floor lamp on the opposite side of the room through an extension cord, a small desk fan, a power strip, and a flatbed scanner. Instead of putting the power center under the monitor (which is probably too heavy for the power center anyway) I’ve put it on the side where it can be reached without getting out of my chair.

I use the power strip for testing various temporary items before they become part of my permanent computer setup. It’s convenient to have switchable outlets near my desk for experiments.

With this setup the flatbed scanner and external hard drive only draw power when they’re actually on, the free-standing lamp is easy to control from my chair, and I can have a nice breeze when it’s too hot.

An optional final step would be to print new labels to identify each of the switches, but I didn’t think that was necessary, my brain quickly remembered each switch’s purpose.

Note - the author's website, Neat Information , has many other DIY projects and activities.

I use these, too! It's nice when something so useful is regarded as garbage because you can pick them up so cheaply, but it's also sad...

One of them (pictured) is upside-down on the top shelf of my networking closet. The labels i made are angled down. The labels are Master, Modem, Router, Light, Wireless, and Booster.

I remove the 5 screws from the inside that hold the faceplate on and replace them with some pieces of velcro. This makes it easy to remove the front and switch out the labels but may be completely unnecessary since I've not had to change them yet.

I've also got one in the computer shop and one that controls my stereo and Ipod charger. I fixed my parents up with one so that I can help them more easily over the phone when their internet goes down...

Indispensable! Thanks for the instructable!
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