Router vs switch

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by philo , Dec 6, 2013.

  1. philo 

    philo  Guest

    I have three computers and one printer connected to a router and all
    three machines were very easy to setup when I attached the printer.

    Two machines are Win7 and one is Ubuntu.

    I just used the 'connect printer' dialog and all worked fine.

    I now want to add several more machines to the network, but the router
    only has four ports, so I tried a network switch with numerous ports.

    All machines can connect to the WWW just fine, but none can find the

    I saw an on-line tutorial for setting up a printer with a network switch
    (as opposed to router) and the advice was to /not/ use the 'find
    printer' wizard but to create a local tcp/ip port with the printer's

    I am positive I am using the correct tcp/ip value but the printer is not
    seen. What did I possibly miss?
    philo , Dec 6, 2013
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  2. Per philo :
    I wonder if "network switch" is the same thing that I call a "switch".

    Reason: I know virtually nothing about networking, yet I'll hang what I
    call a "switch" on my network with no problems at all. Right now, I
    have four switches hanging off of my router. None of them have any IP
    setup parms or any way to configure them. They are strictly
    plug-and-play - no configuration possible.

    How about a make/model?

    Only other thing I can think of (remember, I claim to know *nothing*) is
    a faulty cable/connection between the printer and the switch.
    (PeteCresswell), Dec 6, 2013
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  3. philo 

    philo  Guest

    Yes. "switch" and I have tried several different ones
    philo , Dec 6, 2013
  4. philo 

    philo  Guest

    I just needed to plug my switch into my own Linksys router rather than
    directly to AT7T's gateway router.

    It all works but I sure have a mess of cables around here.
    philo , Dec 6, 2013
  5. philo 

    Char Jackson Guest

    That makes sense then. You were attempting to connect to "the other side"
    (the WAN side) of your router.

    Question: do you really need two routers daisy chained?
    Char Jackson, Dec 9, 2013
  6. philo 

    Sphynx Guest

    If I understand your question correctly: you can get a network switch
    which can have more ports than your router (I have 16 ports in mine) and
    connect one of the open ports on your router to the switch.

    In order for your printer to be recognized on the network by the
    computers, you need a print server, which also has an IP address and
    connect it to your router, that is, if you have an open port, otherwise,
    connect the print server to the switch and make sure the IP address of
    the print server matches that of your network. The print server has to
    have a unique IP address.
    Sphynx, Mar 23, 2014
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