For some reason, recently, my backup Windows PC decided to stop connecting to the Internet. I didn’t have time to look at the ┬áproblem so I ignored it for a bit but at the weekend I decided it was time to get the situation sorted out (besides, I can use the Win7 install on there to play the old Fallout games and various RTS and strategy titles from days gone by that I missed by not having a Win PC).

On the plus side, I discovered tons of wiring under the desk that I no longer need, including several huge lengths of network cable, a couple of power adaptors for things I no longer own and a couple of things I did own but which had fallen down the back of the desk and I’d forgotten all about them.

On the downside, it took two days or turning things off, then on again, wiggling cables, tracing connections and randomly inserting plug A into socket B before I discovered the source of the problem.

You see, I have a gigabit ethernet switch which plugs into the BT Home Hub so I can cater for the large number of devices of my desk, and the Hub has (it turns out) four ether sockets, of which one is labelled GigE and which SHOULD allow me data transfer of up to 1gig a second (the other ports are plain old 100mb/sec).

What only occurred to me after hours of fannying about was that plugging anything into the GigE port immediately killed any Internet connection said device may have had, leaving it with a LAN connection only, which is a wee bit sub-optimal if you ask me.

Still, the problem is solved, all devices are back online and even the Ethernet over power line adaptor down to Elly’s studio is up and running again.

Now to find out exactly how the GigE port works, because, as everyone knows, it’s vitally important to have the fastest Internet connection speed it is possible to achieve.

Or, as some wag put it:”High speed Internet? Isn’t that just more porn only faster?”