How to setup a network switch and router

Router and network switch are the two primary devices that are used for a computer network. A network switch is also called as a multi-port network bridge. Its main function is to manage the flow of data across a network.One of the most common forms of the network switch is the Ethernet switch. The Ethernet switches have 8/16/24/48 ports.A router is also a networking device that directs data traffic between computer networks. Most of the routers come with four Ethernet ports.The major difference between a switch and a router is that a switch permits different devices to communicate on a single network while a router permits different networks to communicate. Another difference is that a network switch uses the MAC address of devices for the transmission of data while a router uses IP address.

To setup a network switch and a router, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1:Disconnect the power supplies of your network switch, modem, and wireless router.
  • Step 2:Connect the modem to your telephone cable.
  • Step 3:Take an Ethernet cable and connect one of its ends to the Ethernet port at the back of the modem.
  • Step 4:Take an Ethernet cable and connect one of its ends to the Ethernet port at the back of the modem.
  • Step 5:Take another Ethernet cable and connect one of its ends to a port on your network switch.
  • Step 6:Now, you should connect the other end of the second Ethernet cable to a LAN port on your router.
  • Step 7:Plug in and switch on all the three devices - the network switch, the modem, and the router.

The setup is now complete, and now you can connect more than four devices using your internet connection. Make sure you connect all your additional devices to the normal port of the network switch using straight cables.

The order of your network connection should be:

Modem Router Switch Devices.