As part of an experiment I cut a Cat 5e Ethernet cable in half, stripped off a small amount of insulation on each wire and attached each pair of wires together with its own alligator clip.
There are four twisted pairs, so eight pairs of alligator clips are used.
Before cutting it in half I am able to transfer data between two computers using the cable and get ~940MBit/s which is close to the Gigabit/s speeds that Cat 5e is cable of.
However, after cutting it in half and reattaching the wires with alligator clips I get a 10x reduction in bandwidth and get a ~94MBits/s
What might be the reason for this and are there any techniques I can use to regain the original 940MBit/s speed.