Using a Linksys BEFSR41 V.2 as a switch

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Zeppo, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    I have a cable internet connection going through a Linksys WRT54G in my
    house. I've run out of Ethernet ports on the router and was wondering how
    difficult it would be to bring my old wired BEFVR41 router into play as a
    switch or hub to get more ports.

    Can I just plug it in and have it work or is there setup involved? Anyone
    help me with the settings if there are?

    Thanks in advance,
    Zeppo, Feb 7, 2010
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  2. Zeppo

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Google router cascading.
    Tony Hwang, Feb 7, 2010
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  3. Zeppo

    Char Jackson Guest

    Just disable DHCP on the second router and be careful to only use the
    4 LAN ports. (Ignore the WAN port.) That's it. Your 2nd router is now
    a switch.
    Char Jackson, Feb 7, 2010
  4. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    Thank you Tony, Char and Alan. With your help, I was able to get it up and
    running in no time. Hardest thing was getting into the setup screen. It took
    3 resets, but then let me in.

    Zeppo, Feb 7, 2010
  5. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    So, any guides to exploring it? Do I just wire a PC into the WAN port and
    bring up the normal web setup menu? What should I look for that will give me
    an idea how it works?

    Zeppo, Feb 9, 2010
  6. Zeppo

    Char Jackson Guest

    Pssst, the concept of specifying a DMZ computer or forwarding ports
    refers to the LAN side of the router, not the WAN side.
    Char Jackson, Feb 10, 2010
  7. Zeppo

    Char Jackson Guest

    I figured you did, but others following along may not be so lucky. :)
    Char Jackson, Feb 11, 2010
  8. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    Bingo! :)
    Zeppo, Feb 11, 2010
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