Yes on the patch cable. If I recall you had this working at one point correct?
If you had it working then you must ask the ? what has changed. If you tried updating the software maybe there is an issue there, so you need to go back to basics.
It may also be a good idea to have the patch cable connected to the router before powering up the BB so that it get's an IP address from your router using DHCP.
Remove the cape and power up the BB using either the usb port or the +5V input connector, check the network ip's to see if it shows up then connect to the BB using Chrome or try using putty.if you have it's ip.
you can also try connecting the patch cable from the BB directly to your computer. By default the IP address of the BB is 192.168.254.1 sub net mask 255.255.255.000
set your computer's Lan interface to 192.168.254.2 sub net mask 255.255.255.000
you should now be able to connect to the BB using the 192.168.254.1:8080 with Chrome or Putty using 192.168.254.1
if you are unable to connect to the BB then you may need to reload the image on the BB.