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Router as network switch ?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by C64, 12 Sep 2009.

  1. C64


    Joined: 16 Mar 2007

    Posts: 12,728

    Location: London

    Okay so I have 50mb virgin coming wednesday and obviously will get a new router.

    Is it possible to use the old router that netgear WGR614v9 as a network switch for upstairs ? using a flat cat5 cable coming from the router port downstairs to the WGR614v9 upstairs ?

    So router downstairs
    to WGR614v9
    and from WGR614v9 to pc and xbox
  2. AbsenceJam


    Joined: 2 Nov 2007

    Posts: 4,304

    Yes, just disable DHCP.
  3. user1453


    Joined: 18 May 2009

    Posts: 338

    I may be mistaken but I believe that particular routers lan ports are configured as a hub rater than a switch

    switches and hubs are functionally very similar, that its a hub just means that two computers can't transmit data at the same time

    doen't matter unless you have a very busy network

    if you want to use it as a hub, as above just disable dhcp, you may need to change the routers default ip address aswell as it may be the same as the virgin routes ip
  4. tolien


    Joined: 16 May 2003

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ::1

    You are. It's a four port switch that's built in.