cisco switch mode or router mode

Hi Experts,

please can you tell me the difference between switch mode and router mode ?
I have a Cisco SG300 switch.
I know I can use it also as layer 3 switch.
We just need this switch for switch not more.
Should I leave the default settings or is it better to change to router mode ?
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAsked:
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bcrosby007Commented:
If you are not going to be using any routing, just use it as a simple switch. No need to configure anything.
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xponetCommented:
You would only put it in Router mode if you were intending to route traffic from your current network to a different one.  Your default switch mode setting should work just fine for traffic inside your network.

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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok, so now I just configured the IP of the switch, thats it, right ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
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bcrosby007Commented:
If you want to manage the switch via IP, yes.
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xponetCommented:
Setting the IP on the switch only gives you a way to manage the switch via IP, likely through a web browser or some type of management software.  You will need something else on the network like a router or server running DHCP to assign IP addresses to devices you connect to the switch.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
so when I leave the switch like it is, I just can use it for switching in the same inside network ?
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bcrosby007Commented:
Correct. It will act like a simple switch.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok, the switch is installed as layer2 switch.
Inside the office the user can connect to dc and there profiles.
But I cannot ping the machine from the HQ.
Do you know what is wrong ?
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xponetCommented:
Where is the HQ located and if it is not inside the same site how are the 2 site connected?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I have added the default gateway and the name server.
Done.
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