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Connecting 2 unmanaged switches

Bellscape asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a 16-port Linksys Unmanaged switch that has now reached its capacity.  I was wondering if I could just purchase another 24-port unmanaged switch and connect the two switches via 1 of their ethernet ports.

Is this possible or is this going to cause traffic to loop or any huge latency issues?  If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to let me know.

Thanks in advance
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Cascading shouldn´t  cause any problem at all although, whichever device has the DHCP or in charge of assigning the IP addresses should be connected to the 24 switch then one of the ports connected to the  16 switch.

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Kamran ArshadIT Associate


Yes daisy chain is the way to go. Simply connect one port to the other switch's port.

nope, just plug and play. depending on how old the switch is, you may need to use a crossover cable. newer switches have auto-midx which will let a straight through work between the switches. To be extra safe, use a cross over cable.
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