How to connect a Switch to a Router to increase the number of hardwire ports on your Internet networ

Expand your home or office Internet computer network using a LAN switch.


Manuel Fallah says:

What type of router u using ?
I never see router with 6 port.
What happen if I have just regular router with 4 port only ?

YesYou123333 says:

Is there any advantage to connecting all you networked computers to a switch and then connecting that switch to a router rather than connecting all the computers directly to a router.

Dexter Brewer says:

After I have the switch connected to the router, where do I connect the internet cat5 cable coming from my cable modem?

Meester Chris says:

Lot of waffle for a simple connection and no decent explanation of systems that do not have an uplink port.

Chris Jones says:


Just so everyone knows there is a reason why it’s called a SWITCH. It’s not just a standard Ethernet Hub. The switch actually switches the LAN connection to the node (i.e. PC) so that for a fraction of a second it is the only connection to the router at that split moment in time. Other connections have no connection to router at that moment in time but since it is so fast they never notice it. That means you get 100% (per se) of the Ethernet throughput at that moment in time. With a standard HUB you share that Ethernet throughput with everyone else (i.e. nodes) on your LAN at the same time – so not 100% at all.

So it’s important to remember that you are dealing with a DIFFERENT piece of hardware and you must adjust your thinking to compensate. As they say you must “think outside the box”. For instance: You can not expect to avoid the UPLINK jack thinking you can just plug and play with the other jacks. Like the OP says you must use it to link to your router’s uplink jack.

But if you are not suffering from LAN network congestion why introduce a switch when your hub was working just fine? I think that introducing a switch when you aren’t really having any congestion problems (because you have a lot of active LAN nodes) _MAY_ introduce other issues for you. So only do it if you need it not because it’s a trendy or cool thing to do.

Lloyd Morrison says:

A GREAT Thanks! I was now able to add 2 more televisions, AND my security D.V.R. to all be linked up and NO buffering-slow uploads! This helps so much and I found where I went wrong.

Byron Chou says:


Joseph Dungee says:

This is a LOUSY video that didn’t really explain ANY freakin’ thing..sheeze

You Cuba says:

music please ?

Perry Pelican says:

It would have been cool to mention the other potentially huge benefit of using a fast switch. That is to drastically increase the speed of network traffic within your network. I mean from one computer to another. That is because if you get a gigabit switch then that will determine the speed from one of your computers to the other if both computers have gigabit network cards, which most new computers have. Routers are usually much slower than a gigabit. Also what about hubs? You didn’t mention the difference between a hub and a switch, which is verrrrrrry important. You speak very clearly and your videos are decent, although it would be nice if you could zoom in and show the labels. Just a suggestion is to be more informative. You easily had time to explain what I said and made the video much more interesting. The info you gave could have been said in half the time. Please do not be insulted. I am trying to give some positive feedback, not to make you feel bad. Sorry if I am a bit direct.

rickysea says:

Thank you!!

Jared Armbruster says:

I’m actually using CAT6, since the 50 foot cable I’m using will nearly run from one end of my house to the other. It’s going from my kitchen to bedroom all the way down the hall. I’m considering using switch so that I use a wired connection on both a computer and a game console in the same room.

chemchris2 says:

(In a typical/common scenario) If you leave DHCP enabled on your router and you plug a new device into the switch, will DHCP assign a unique IP to the new device?

JBSeriesGTA says:

i have 1 port is it possible to make 2 ports

yotchsy says:

is the cable connected to the uplink a cross-over cable or just a regular cat5?
also. could you use WAN to uplink using a cross-over cable?
stupid questions but I would like to  know..

Promoagent says:

I’m using a sky broadband router with my phone line adsl plugged in and there is only 4 network sockets on the back of my router no uplink labeled. I use one of these to connect to my linksys switch box but anything I then plug into the Linksys to further my network connection dosen’t work.

Jeremi Harris says:

Could this be used on PS4?

Rudy Diaz says:

Excellent tip.

m k says:

Can i use a powerline adapter and get the same results?
I got my router in the basement but i want to have the switch on the second floor to connect to the devices in my room. And i don’t wont to run a 100ft cable around the whole house.

Dhe Jokur says:

Look I have this problem when I plug in an ethernet cable between my netwerk Jack in the wall of my room and my PS4 and then the PS4 sais I havent connected a ethernet cable. Do I have to activate the ethernet Jack or what, because I dont know what to do…

Ed19601 says:

i could be wrong but I think the video is incorrect, or at least incomplete, for one thing, the uplink port is usually using the same wires as the port next to it, but has some wires crossed.
Now if you have a crossed cable, you can basically use any of the numbered ports, on both devices. The only thing the uplink port is for is to avoid having to use a crossed cable.

However, if you put the cable on both ends in the uplink port the signal gets crossed at the one end and then crossed back at the other end… which is wrong. Ofcourse you can use both uplink ports….if you use a crossed cable…. but that is what the uplink port is made for to avoid

So, summarizing: if you use a crossed utp cable you can stick it in any of the numbered ports on both devices and if you have a straight cable, use the uplink port on 1 side and a numberd port on the other side

if you use the uplink port, the numbered port next to it is unusable (coz it is on the same wires)

MeleeMC says:

is a LAN Switch And GiGabyte Switch?

mihai agh says:

Ho, if y use a port not uplink to the switch what happening ?

Pritam Deb says:

I have a d link 10/100 switch and a tplink 450mbps router. I wanna connect this router to switch….. and my switch to broadband modem. and i wanna connect a laptop to switch….. so plz tell me how can I do it…..

Matt Brennan says:

do you have to use the uplink connection?

wb5rue says:

love the intro music! Very “epic” sounding.

Douglas Radecki says:

Perfect! Thanks you for posting this video.

Miguel Angel says:

If it doesn’t say uplink you can use any port right??

stig says:

your saying router wrong. there no a in it

Meter Pangs says:

If you buy a switch, and use a crossover cable between one of the switch ports on the router connected to one of the new ports on the switch, all the rest of the ports on the new switch can be used, and will be in the same L2 broadcast domain (VLAN) as the original switch ports on the router (like an extension of the switch ports the router had.

symphony137 says:

My router doesn’t have an Uplink port. Can I simply use one of the LAN ports? What is the difference?

You Cuba says:

0:20 till 0:31

originalcause says:

Can I use an extra linksys router as a switch? In other words, connecting my main router to another router, just to add ports.

Xuan Dong says:

I have a question, Can devices connected to switch have IP (DHCP from router)?? Tks

FantomsGirl says:

I have a question and I hope it doesn’t seem stupid… If I am having a static routing, and I need additional ports, does adding the switch still work?? I thought it’s going to work, but somebody told me that it’s going to make a problem between the devices (I don’t believe that, I just want to make sure)

Terry Saunders says:

Believe it or not but ANY port on a router with exception to the WAN port, can be used to connect a switch, not all routers or switches have the UPLINK port, so that’s why nowadays there is NO UPLINK port on routers or switches, unless you’re using a very old fashioned 10T Ethernet, but 100T does not use an UPLINK port, and therefore ANY port on a router (excluding the WAN port) can be used to attach a network switch.

My entire home runs from the LAN, and I use 3, 6 port network switches and not one of them has an UPLINK port, and soon I’ll be upgrading the LAN to gigabit, currently it’s at 100Mbs, which means I’ll need to change not just the switches, but the router and the cable too.

To my LAN I have these devices connected:-

Smart TV
4 computers
A server
VOIP modem
Network printer
WiFi range booster

Prudhvi Kumar says:

Dear Team,

Please help me to know much more about networking techniques and knowledge regarding the networking and routers & switches

All About Home says:

This is not a router. This is a Switch.

ary an says:

What is a “rauder”?

billyhatcher643 says:

this is a very helpful video cause ive always been wondering if i should buy me a switch port cause i have almost 10 devices that i want to connect via ethernet

eli moshe says:


Jay Mee says:

do these ones have vlans? and how many can i setup on these? (thinking of getting 1 as there gigabit and running out of them ports lol)?

TheDustyCrow says:

Back in the day, when cat5 was the goto.

FeanorBR says:

What is the advantage of doing this over connecting a second router to the primary one and using that one sort of like a switch? Asking because I need to multiply my ports and I happen to have unused routers around.

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