Method to set-up router as switch on a Home Network
What are routers? What is the method to set-up router as switch on a Home Network?
Router is a device which is used as a solution to the networking requirements of the users. The device is also capable of forwarding data packets along the networks. Router device can be used to link or connect at least two networks. The networks can be two LANs or two WANs or a LAN and another network. The router devices are most commonly positioned at the network gateways where the networks are connected on the environment. The Home Networks router switch is a device that performs forwarding and filtering actions between LAN sections. They use headers and routing tables for enabling better forwarding option for the packets over the network. The ICMP protocol is used by the device in enabling the communication. The switch is a device that operates at the data link layer or network layer of the OSI reference model. The device is also capable of supporting any of the routing protocols. The functionalities included in the router and the switch is completely different. But at certain occasions, they combine each other and enable operation.
Followings lines discuss about the method to set-up router as switch on a Home Network:
- Need to change the behavior
- Steps to follow
- Tips to remember
Need to change the behavior
The need for set-up a router device as switch on a Home Network scenario arises while the user try to expand the network by including more number of computers and devices. In Home Network environment, the switch would be absent and thus the user needs to include the same while expanding. In such situations the user should possess an extra Ethernet router for enabling the set-up. Thus the extra payment for a switch can be avoided by the users.
Steps to follow
Connect the LAN port of the first router to the second router using a cross over cable. Second router is going to be configured as the switch. Configure the first router as router device on the network by enabling the IP addresses. Then move to the second routers configuration option and provide IP address under the LAN options. Also the user should not enable DHCP on the second router device and should disable if they are configured. Now save the settings and make connections using the devices.
Both the routers available to the user while setting up the switch should be present in the same network itself. One among the two routers should be configured as the switch device. The router that is changed to switch would no longer be used as a router device. After all configurations, the user should try to access the network with the newly configured devices. If the connections cannot be enabled, then restart all systems and devices and perform the steps mentioned above again upon the router.
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