How to Daisy Chain an Ethernet Switch

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How to Daisy Chain an Ethernet Switch
Connect your switches together to support numerous different computers. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

When you daisy chain the Ethernet switches in your home or office network, it allows numerous computers to share a broadband connection. Ethernet switches are similar in function to routers but are capable of transferring a larger amount of data at one time. The term " to daisy chain" means to connect multiple Ethernet switches together in order to create a local area network . You can daisy chain your Ethernet switches in a short time using standard networking cables.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the Internet port on your cable, DSL or T1 modem.

  2. 2

    Insert the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Internet port on the first Ethernet switch.

  3. 3

    Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports on the rear of the Ethernet switch.

  4. 4

    Insert the other end of the cable into the Internet port on the second Ethernet switch.

  5. 5

    Connect an Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports on the second Ethernet switch to add another Ethernet switch to the daisy chain.

  6. 6

    Use an Ethernet cable to hook up your computers to the "LAN" ports on the Ethernet switches to establish a connection to the network.

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