How to Install Netgear's Fast Ethernet Switch

By Jeff Grundy

Add a Netgear Fast Ethernet Switch to a router or set it up as a standalone hub.
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Like a router, a network switch enables you to create small workgroups, or LANs, with multiple computers. A switch even looks like a router; however, unlike a router, it does not provide routing for broadband cable or DSL Internet connections. You add a switch to a router when you need to obtain more Ethernet ports to connect additional computers to a shared Internet connection. Whether you add a Netgear Fast Ethernet Switch to a router or set up the device as a standalone hub, installing it is relatively straightforward.

Step 1

Place the switch on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area and out of direct sunlight.

Step 2

Connect the first RJ-45 Ethernet cable to "Port 1" on the rear of the Netgear switch. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to LAN or Network port on the rear of the computer. Note that if using a laptop computer, the LAN or Network port may be on the side of the unit.

Step 3

Connect other computers to the switch as needed using Ethernet cables.

Step 4

Connect the AC power adapter to the switch, and then plug the other end into an available electrical outlet. Connect the AC power adapter; the Netgear switch powers on automatically and is ready for use.