For the first time in my experience, I had a cat5 cable go out on me yesterday. Now, I’m not talking some cable that was just sitting around, or one that was physically broken in some manner (bent, crimped, broken RJ45, etc). No, this was a short run of cat5 (5′ maybe) that connected a box to a switch, and was working perfectly for the last 2 years. then *BAM* it’s dead. Played around thinking the card had gone bad, switching things around. Turns out, just the cable was dead.