using a linksys router as a switch

dell 8300
November 23, 2007 at 22:30:43
Specs: xp, p4 1 gb

My home network is wired to 10 locations in the home. I've been using a Belkin Pre-N router and a Linksys 8-port switch to cover all the locations. It seems the Linksys switch has become unreliable to I want to replace it. I happen to have a spare Linksys BEFSR41 router laying around. Is there a simple way to use it as the switch? and is there a special way it needs to be hooked up?
Thanks in advance...

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#1
November 23, 2007 at 23:11:48

It is a switch. Doc's are online. Use web based setup to access if you don't need dhcp. admin admin is normal access to web page. I think it is default to 192.168.0.1. See static computer to that subnet 192.168.0.x.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you peanut.


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#2
November 24, 2007 at 00:42:50

Just disable the DHCP server on the router and it becomes a plain switch.

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#3
November 24, 2007 at 10:34:16

I would disable the firewall too while I was at it since you already have one.

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#4
November 24, 2007 at 16:59:55

I disabled the DHCP Server option but it's not working so far.
I put the cable from the Belkin router into the Linksys' uplink slot; perhaps it should go in either the wan slot or one of the 4 other slots?
Also, I don't see where there is an option to disable the Linksys' firewall. None of the online docs I've found addressed this...
What am I missing?


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#5
November 24, 2007 at 17:49:03

Don't use the wan port. (well you could)

Get a cross over cable if you go from switch to switch.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you peanut.


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#6
November 24, 2007 at 20:21:12

I'm back to using the uplink port but still can't get it to work.
If I'm using the uplink port does it need to be a cross over cable ?
Still be overlooking something...


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#7
November 24, 2007 at 20:52:18

Opps,

Pretty sure I have seen that router before and didn't know it has a uplink port. Normally uplink ports do not require a crossover. Sometimes they have a small switch that allows crossover or normal.

Plug into the router and log on to the web interface and see the settings. Then connect to all ports to make sure they all work. Then with dhcp disabled connect to the next router. The computer has to be on the same subnet. Then see if you can access the router's web interface.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you peanut.


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