Hammer to the Broadband
Here was my solution: 1) Rip the gray Ethernet cable out of the back of the black-adapter-with-feeble-Ethernet-cord-extender-and-power-socket doohickey.
2) Plug the gray Ethernet cable running from the wall directly into laptop.
This seemed to generate a connection for me. I'll look into expensing the damages to that poor black adapter thingy, whose feeble Ethernet-extender-cable thing seemed a little too fragile for my frustration.
— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading