Connecting switch to router


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Rob

I have a Linksys 8 port router on my business wired network and it works just
fine. Now I need to add several more devices (2 printers and 3 more
computers) to the network and I need more ports. Rather than buy a 16 port
router I want to use an old D-Link model DSS-16+ unmanaged switch that I have
collecting dust. I have been reading about this switch and it says use the
'uplink' port to connect first to a router - but I don't see any 'uplink'
port - only 16 ports marked '1' through '16'. Will any port suffice as the
'uplink' port? Do I need a straight through or crossover cable? Also, will
the new computers I connect to this switch be able to access the internet? Or
only the computers connected to the router be able to? Once installed, will I
need to reconfigure my Linksys to 'reconginize' the switch or will everything
be automatic? Thanks for any replies.
 
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R

Rob

Thank you Jack. I sort of thought I could use any port. D-Link documentation
is quite vague on this subject it seems.
 
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Jack \(MVP-Networking\).

Hi
Some time there would be a little switch that let you choose port 1 to be an
Uplink, then regular patch cable would work.
Otherwise if the ports are MDX (which is the case with many newer Switches
and Routers) than any cable would work.
Every one is working very hard to make life more complicated. ;) - :D.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
 

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