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Can't Make My Network Devices See Eachother

You need to keep the ISP modem connected to the router.  The unmanaged switch would need to be connected to the router through the 1 LAN port, then everything else can connect to the switch.

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Hi, I'm a super network noob and don't know what else to do to fix this.

 

I basically run my home on a Google Wifi mesh system and for some months I've been very annoyed that the Google puck only has 1 LAN port. That makes me keep switching the wired device connected to that port from a Plex server PC to a backup disk every other day. That sucks.

 

In order to expand available LAN ports I added a simple unmanaged gigabit switch to connect the backup disk but the other devices (specially the Mackbook) do not "see" that device. If I plug the Plex server to the switch it is also no reachable to all clients. My Plex is setup to LAN only.

 

This is how my network is setup (when I keep changing cables between PC and Time Capsule).

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This is what I would like to setup (Time Capsule and/or Plex server permanently connected):

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I can't tell if there is any additional config to be set in Google Wifi app or if this switch would not work to my needs. 

 

Thanks in advance for your attention!

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You need to keep the ISP modem connected to the router.  The unmanaged switch would need to be connected to the router through the 1 LAN port, then everything else can connect to the switch.


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The Google Wi-Fi is acting as it's own Router hosting a DHCP server. By connecting the switch before the Google Wi-Fi your ATC is on a different network.

 

In your scenario hopefully the Modem is also a router since it means the ATP might collect your public IP and that would be bad.

 

What you want is Modem -> Router -> Switch -> everything else.


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