Can This Switch Be Used To Downlink From A Router?

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Jan 14th, 2009

This one should be pretty easy:

I have a simple small office network with a Linksys wireless 4-port router hooked to my DSL modem.

I have one Cat6 cable run from one of the ports on the router to a RJ45 wall jack in one office.

Can I hook up (downlink) a Linksys SD2008 Gigabit Switch to that RJ45 wall jack to gain additional ports in that office?

I was unsure if I could use the switch for expansion purposes or, for some reason, if I needed to get another router.

Thanks, and standing by.

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Jon Marshall Wed, 01/14/2009 - 15:43


Yes you should be able to do this. Assuming the 4 ports on the router are just L2 switched ports as in this example -

then yes you should be able to increase capacity with another switch.

Edit - i have a linksys wireless router with 4 ethernet ports and i have one running to a cisco switch to extend the number of ports.


Joseph W. Doherty Wed, 01/14/2009 - 17:23

Just to add a note to Jon's post, don't know whether this will be an issue with your switches, but when interconnecting network devices, you sometimes have to match the ports and with the correct straight thru vs. cross overs cables (although the newer switches can often handle either cable type).


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