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How to get started with new (rebuilt) Ethernet switch?

by ddollison / January 24, 2006 4:47 AM PST

My home set up is: DSL line into house to DSL modem, then on to DLink DI 624M wireless router with 4 ports. This setup works just fine. However, I have just built my home and have a star-pattern network to about 16 cat5 jacks in various rooms. I want to share the same DSL connection with all wall jacks in my home.

I have a HP/Win XP Media Center PC, a Gateway laptop with WinXP, and an older Gateway PC running Win 98.

I have purchased a (Cabletron) ethernet switch (cheap $55, uh oh...). This is name and model number:
SmartSTACK ELS100-S24TX2M FAST ETHERNET SWITCH
which has 24 ports. It didn't come with software or manuals, but I found some (not novice-user friendly at all) on line. I think it has a web-type interface but don't know how to connect a computer to it to work with it!

PROBLEM:
Is it appropriate to try to use this switch to share my internet connection?

If so, are these things usually plug-and-play? I can't seem to figure out how to configure the switch, (or get it to do anything actually)

Thanks for any help or advice,
Dan

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just plug the switch to the router.. that's it
by Melati Hitam / January 24, 2006 3:03 PM PST

dsl line -> dsl modem -> router -> switch -> pc

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(NT) (NT) By the way, why don't use wireless..
by Melati Hitam / January 24, 2006 3:03 PM PST
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wanted both options
by ddollison / January 24, 2006 8:07 PM PST

In my new house, wanted both options available, wireless for laptop and PocketPC and wired network for PC's...pulled all the cabling myself, attached all the RJ45 plugs and wall jacks...now just have to hook it all together! Will try and see how it works...THANKS!

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which port--any?
by ddollison / January 24, 2006 8:05 PM PST

Can I just use any port on the front of the switch? I think I should be able to...I just wish there was one labeled with a nice big "IN"...so all 24 ports should automatically share the connection? I don't have to configure?

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