I’m referring to “Wall Warts” those blocks of plastic that transform standard house current into lower voltage needed by electronic devices. Modern electronic gadgets require power. And (if you haven’t noticed) every device seems to require a slightly different type of power and slightly different type of connector. When you are setting up your office buying one item at a time, it isn’t really any problem to figure out what goes where.
However, if you have to move your office around, you are going to quickly discover that the power supplies all look pretty much the same and worse yet, some use the same connectors but supply different amounts of power. No big deal because you can just look at the power supply to see which device it goes with right? Right? Wrong. Since the power supplies are commodity items, many manufactures just buy them from someone else to power their devices. This means just because you have a Linksys router, doesn’t mean that the corresponding power supply will say Linksys. It could just list a company that you’ve never heard of. You might be able to figure it out by looking at the power output and polarity diagram on the power supply and comparing it to the diagram on the back of the device, but more and more manufacturers are leaving this information off.
I would suggest labeling your wall wart plugs so you know what they go to. It doesn’t take much time, but it will save you hours down the road if you ever move your office or have to rewire things for a different desk.