Routers can be connected to your device over a network via a wired or wireless network. Switches are capable of connecting more than 15 devices to a network. For example, in an office, if you want to connect all the 15 plus computers to the same network, then you can use a switch to perform it. Usually, the router has four ports, out of which you can use 3 ports to connect your device and the remaining one to the switch.
In the below section, learn how to Connect Cisco Router To Switch. The hardware installation of the router to switch is the same for almost all models.
Before you begin the process, make sure to install your Cisco router and configure it as per the guidelines given in the manual.
After completing the hardware installation of the router, enable the Auto-assign of Ethernet option on each computer. This is the easiest way to assign IP addresses to all computers. Since the network is transferred from the main router, you don’t have to assign an IP address manually.
Steps to Connect Cisco Router To Switch
Get one yellow Ethernet cable.
Power off your router and the switch and turn them on only after the entire configuration process.
Link one end of the yellow Ethernet cable to your Cisco router and the other end to the switch.
Now, connect your computer to the switch using another Ethernet cable.
Similarly, connect all the computers to the switch.
Enabling Auto-assign of Ethernet on your computer
After completing the hardware setup, turn on the computers, Cisco router, and switch.
Now, open the Network Settings window on any one of the computers that are connected to the switch.
Locate and right-click on the Ethernet option.
Now, the Ethernet properties dialog box will open.
Click the Network tab.
Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 option and right-click on it.
Choose the Properties option.
Now, you can find the Use the following IP address option enabled on this dialog box.
Disable it and select the Obtain an IP address automatically option by clicking the radio button beside it.
Click the Save button.
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