Question about SMC Netgear 8Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch 10/100/1000 - GS608 [ Netgear GS608NA ] (114635)

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I have 3 computers connected by D-Link router. Recently I found that the router was not working so I bought a netgear GS608 router to replace it, but I can't find the cd or instruction leaflet so I have no idea how to set it. The desktop computers operate by window, the internet service provider is Optus, and is cable internet. Can anybody help?? Cheers!

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The thing is that this is not a router as I know. It has to be a switch. As I know.
You still need a router to connect to the internet and do the routing. First check that.
To configure the network, you have to connect 3 PCs to your switch. Connect the switch to a router. Use router's uplink or auto sense ports. Connect both the ports with a straight through cable. If you don't have such port in the new router (when you buy, check it first), use a standard ethernet port. But you have to use a cross-over cable. Then go to router's login page and log in. Set the dhcp. It will assign adresses to your switch and PCs also. Make sure you don't have static configurations in you machines which may confuse by duplication. To use dhcp, set you machines' IP settings to obtain IP and DNS automatically. Set the default gateway IP as the router's IP. Then open a command prompt and ping the router. Then ping the switch(first do that). Then ping other PCs. After verifying the connectivity, plug the cable(internet) and your router has to have such a port. Go to WAN settings and do any other configuration. Cable internet (if its adsl instead of TV cables), you will required to provide authentication information with other settings. For cable internet instead of ADSL, the configurations might be different and I don't have experties on that (cable TV used as a medium to access the internet). So hopefully this will do your task.
If this solution is able to solve ur problem, please rate it. Thanks and Good Luck. :)

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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    Tharinda Jun 16, 2009

    Well that's a switch as I know. So you still need a router to connect to the internet and also most importantly perform the routing.
    You can connect the switch to a router using a port. Any ethernet port will do but make sure to use an uplink port or an auto-sense port and use straight through cables(if you use regular cables you have to click the uplink button if its there). You need some cables if you don't have those ports and are known as cross over cables (to use ehternet to connect switch to router). Then you have to set up dhcp using your router. It may be assigned automatically. Make sure if you use static addresses, in pcs, not to duplicates those with the use of dhcp.
    Then you can test the connection. Get a command prompt, type ipconfig /all
    You will see th address of the router via default gateway if its set hopefully. Or log in to router and check IPs. ping all the IPs and check the connectivity. And then if your router(old one-if it can be used still) supports cable inputs, plug it in. Then the router will automatically detect the settings. Then use the WAN configuration of the router to do further configurations. Cheers!
    If this solution solves ur problem please rate it. :)
    Thanks Good Luck

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