A couple weeks ago my Netgear router bit the dust. I consoled myself with a new Linksys 802.11 g router :)
I found that both the Internet port and the the UTP cable are both dead. I thought it was just the port but when I tried to use the cable for another purpose it was useless. I retested the old router and the internet port is definitely bad. I had noticed minor symptoms for the last few months, but not bad enough to try to track down.
Is this just a coincidence? What could cause both the port and the cable to go bad at the same time?