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Setting Up Ethernet Switch

In general for unmanaged switches... no. There is nothing as a dedicated "uplink" port. All traffic needs to get everywhere. The switch doesn't care if two of your lan devices are communicating with each other or one lan device is communicating with the router, which "forwards" the traffic to a server.

 

There are switches where some ports can be faster than others. But that is mostly not the case in normal consumer devices ("8-port ethernet switch" sounds like a standarrd switch).

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So I am setting up a ethernet switch and I am wondering which port on my ethernet switch to plug the ethernet cord from my router into. Does It mattter? It has 8 ethernet ports.

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Should say on the switch or in the manual. Which switch is it?


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In general for unmanaged switches... no. There is nothing as a dedicated "uplink" port. All traffic needs to get everywhere. The switch doesn't care if two of your lan devices are communicating with each other or one lan device is communicating with the router, which "forwards" the traffic to a server.

 

There are switches where some ports can be faster than others. But that is mostly not the case in normal consumer devices ("8-port ethernet switch" sounds like a standarrd switch).

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13 minutes ago, turtlecraft said:

So I am setting up a ethernet switch and I am wondering which port on my ethernet switch to plug the ethernet cord from my router into. Does It mattter? It has 8 ethernet ports.

 

If it's an unmanaged switch, the uplink port usually doesn't matter, as the switch will know which device is running the DHCP server and direct traffic accordingly. Just make sure you don't go plugging in 2 devices running DHCP servers, otherwise your switch is going to have a hard time. :P Mind you, even most unmanaged switches have some form of logic built into them to protect against Broadcast Radiation so if you accidentally plug in 2 devices that cause network packet collisions, the switch should continue directing traffic to the first device running the DHCP server, but this depends on the switch.


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