Most routers have more capacity than mini-servers; they can assign IP addresses and can have a connection to a broadband to computers that are networked. Today, there are more advanced routers that can perform more tasks than the traditional ones like management of network packets as well as shaping of traffic. However, even if there are more advanced routers, they all have the same primary function – sharing an Internet connection with many computers. With the advancement of technology, still, most routers have very limited ports. In effect, there is a limitation of how many machines can share the connection. However, there is a solution to this problem; network connection can be extended with the use of inexpensive multiport switches.
Here are the steps involved on how to build a network with the use of the router server’s switches:
- Use switches to expand the router network. You can do this by placing a multiport switch close to the group of computers that you want to get connected to a router that does not have enough ports and connect the power adapter (AC) for the switch. Then, plug it to any available electrical outlet.
- In the Port 1, plug an Ethernet network RJ-45 of the switch and the other end must be plugged into the Uplink port or the last port of the router.
- You must use an Ethernet cable that is RJ-45 so that computers can be connected to the switch. After in each network of the computer, connect an RJ-45 Ethernet port cable located at the back of the PC so that the port will be empty. In case you need more switches so that the router can accommodate more, connect the cable to a new switch. Usually, this method is referred by technicians as daisy chaining. One router can accommodate about 256 simultaneous computers; the only consideration is whether the broadband connection has the capability to sustain many users.
The next steps involved are connecting the computers to a router.
- Check the first computer that connects to the router through the switch and click the “Start” button then the “Control Panel”. At the Control Panel, look for the “Network and Sharing Center” then click the link. After, click the “Change adapter settings” by the time a new window pops out.
- In the protocol list of the network, click the (TCP/IPv4) and click the “Properties”.
- Then, enable the option that says “Obtain an IP address automatically”.
- Finally, launch the Web browser. At this point, the computer is connected to the Internet via the switch. Repeat steps with other computers.
Building a network is easy by simply using the router server’s switches.