Had a frustrating few this morning trying to figure out why I wasn’t connected to the company VPN.
After some fumbling around discovered that the patch cord between my work laptop and the desktop switch had wiggled its way out of the RJ-45 connector on the laptop. Yeah, it’s an old cord and the male end of the connector doesn’t have the spring it did in youth.
Something I learned the hard way in my second year as an IT consultant:
Always check the physical layer first
And people wonder why I hate hardware.
Another item for the shopping list when I get around to the local computer store next.