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Wacko920

My ethernet switch died

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I woke up yesterday to no internet and the problem traced to a dead ethernet switch that my two gaming computers and my backup computer are connected too.  The switch was probably 10 years old, so it's time for an upgrade.  I bought a new switch after I did a temp fix with an old router I had collecting dust, so I could get online again.  I did some research and found the TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8 Port 10/100/1000 switch had good reviews and cost $24.99 at newegg.  Not a bad price for an 8 port switch.  I should get it next week, but what did I do to get my internet back up and running???  I used an old trick that I thought might help someone else, so here is what I did. 

I took an old router I had laying around collecting dust and turned off DHCP in the routers sofware.  I then connected my cat 5 cable from my gateway (modem/router) to the LAN port 1 on the router.  Next I connected the cat5 cables from my three computers to LAN ports 2,3, and 4.  I then plugged in the routers power cord and presto I have a switch that works.  Make sure you don't use the WAN port on the router as it won't work  If yours doesn't work you may have to change the routers IP address so it doesn't conflict with your Gateway, Modem, or Main Routers IP Address.

I could continue to use the old router as a switch with no detrimental affects, but I like having spare parts laying around, so I bought the new switch.  I'm also upgraded now as the old switch did 10/100, and the new switch is 10/100/1000.  Hello gigabit speeds on my LAN, lol.

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