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Thread: How can i convert my router into switch?

  1. #1
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    How can i convert my router into switch?

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to convert my router into a switch. Is it that i have to only configured the "DHCP" settings? Can any one help me out how to do it?

    Thanking you in advance.

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    Re: How can i convert my router into switch?

    You can turn any router into a switch by disabling the DHCP server on
    the router. Now as far as being able to get an IP for a machine, there must
    be a gateway device on the network whether that be a computer, router or FW
    appliance that DHCP IP(s) or static IP(s) can be used by the switch. You
    want to the machines on the router (now a switch) not accessible, then you
    change the subnet on the router (now a switch) to be a different subnet mask
    than the gateway device.

    The principles for making a router a switch and using it are the same no
    matter if it's a wire or wireless router.

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    Re: How can i convert my router into switch?

    Do you have a NAT(i.e. Network Address Translation Works) router? NAT routers have an option to disable NAT within it. If you don't have then,try to follow the below steps mention.

    1) Turn off DHCP server.

    2) Change the LAN address of the router to something outside the scope of the
    DHCP server on the LAN.

    3) Connect all computers and other routers as peers to the LAN side of the
    router - connect nothing to the WAN side.

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    Re: How can i convert my router into switch?

    Hey you can do it with your user manual guide. If you have misplace it somewhere then no need to worry, you can download it from the manufacturer website for your specific model.

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