I wish 2 Hell my coworkers had learned how to construct CAT5 network drop/patch cables!!!
For that matter, it would have been nice if they'd at least moved to CAT5E much sooner than just a couple of years ago. In the process of upgrading the network which will include deploying VOIP and it's going to require more than a little rewiring simply because nobody saw that the CAT5 cable that was going in just a little while ago would not work with new and existing technology even though the info was out there had anyone bothered to read up on it.
Just today I had to move a tower PC that was sitting on a tiled floor so I could attach a cable to the back of the machine. The computer got moved about 25 degrees to the left of where I was kneeling and then I attached the cable and swung the machine back to its original position under the counter top. That small motion loosened the individual cable conductors inside the RJ-45 connector that was plugged into the NIC. You guessed it, the PC lost network connectivity. So I just got hold of the network drop cable and gave it a small tug. Viola~, service was restored.
Sadly, I run into this sort of thing WAY to much which leaves me wondering, who taught my coworkers how to make a network patch cable???
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