Cables are a necessary evil and a source of many computer and network-related problems. While you can't ditch cables entirely, some cables may need to be replaced more often than others, including Ethernet cables used for networking. Here are the warning signs to look out for. Signs You Need to Replace Your Ethernet Cables If you are encountering painfully slow speeds over your local network or connectivity dropouts altogether, you might want to try replacing any Ethernet cables that could be causing your problems. All too often the problem won't cause your connection to drop out entirely. You'll be able to limp on at a much slower speed, though you may encounter increased latency (lag) and spikes and dips in transfer speed. Any kind of physical damage to the cable could also compromise your networking experience. This includes any splits or cracks on the RJ45 connector (the plastic connecting ends), fraying of the wire, or damage caused by crushing or bending that leaves a permanent mark. It should go without saying that if your cable needs to be adjusted or "wiggled" to establish a connection it's probably time for a new one. If this trick works and a new cable… Read full this story
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