It is not hard to run out of room for tethered connection to a router's LAN ports if you have a large family or even a small office. Most routers offer four LAN ports to hard wire or tether desktop computers to. If you need more room, you can disable the DHCP servers on a D-Link router and use it as a switch to connect several more computers to your network. Connecting a D-Link router as a switch gives you seven usable LAN ports for connection instead of just four.
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Things you need
- Ethernet cables
Plug the D-Link router you wish to use as a switch to a computer. To do so, plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN port located on the back of the router. Connect the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port of the computer. A tethered connection is necessary to access the router administration page.
Open a browser and enter 126.96.36.199.1 into the browser address bar. Press "Return" on the keyboard to open the administration page. Type "admin" into the username and leave the password blank. Press "Return" again to access the settings.
Click on the "Wireless Settings" link on the left of the page. Remove the check mark from "Enable Wireless." Click on "Save Settings."
Click on the "Network Settings" link on the left of the page. Remove the check mark from "Enable DHCP." Click on "Save Settings."
Remove the Ethernet cable from the D-Link router and the computer. Connect the D-Link router that you converted to a switch to the existing router on your network. To do so, plug an Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports located on the back of the existing router. Plug the other end of the cable into the WAN port located on the back of the D-Link router.
Connect an Ethernet cable into the LAN port located on the back of the D-Link switch and then plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port located on the back of the computer you need to tether to the network. Complete this step for each computer you need to tether.
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