I have a long run of Cat5e which is broken at about 20' from one end. Replacing the entire cable isn't an option, as it's fairly long and is going through walls and such.
Searching this on google produced nothing but silly results, one of which recommended a splice box, but I'm concerned about signal attenuation, as well as the voltage from the POE.
My thoughts were to re-run a cable from the shorter end (again, about 20') and terminate the ends.
Is there a best practice for how they should connect? Should they be terminated as male ends and connected using a female-to-female coupler? or as female ends and connected using a short patch cable?