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How to use a router as a switch

How to use a router as a switch

By  Debera Demoney 2020-01-08 1606 23

Use the router as a switch, mainly to make the following settings, the following to use the most users of the TP-LINK router as an example, for everyone to introduce, other brands of routers are similar. The steps are as follows:

1. First, log in to the router management interface

Enter the default router login address in the browser, which generally defaults to 192.168.1.1. If not, please check the nameplate in the router shell, and then you will know how to log in to the router.

2. After entering the router management interface, select "DHCP Server", select "DHCP Service" in the left menu bar, choose not to enable "DHCP Server", and then save it, as shown below:

3. Select "Network parameters" in the left menu bar to set the LAN port, and change the IP address of the LAN port to: 192.168.1.254 or other IP address as long as it does not conflict with the local IP address of another computer. It is recommended that everyone change to 192.14, the above settings, the basic router can be used as a switch, but it should be noted that the router WAN port is not available, the other four ports can be used as switch ports.


After the above four steps, many users may find that if the router is not set up, as long as the WAN port is not used, the LAN port can still be used as the switch. However, if some routers do not go through the above settings, it will cause network instability or occasional disconnection. Therefore, if you really want to use the router as a switch, it is still necessary to make the switch more stable under simple settings. If you want to use it as a router in the future, just restore the settings.


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