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How to connect netgear fs108 to cable modem - NetGear FS108 8-Port Ethernet Switch

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  • leeb08 May 10, 2010

    This is helpful. One more question, the router is needed in addition to the cable modem. Is there a router that will act as cable modem and router with NAT in one device? I wonder if Cisco Linksys may be faster???

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Leeb..... switches cannot be connected to the Cable modem.... because NAT will not be enabled in cable modem....so there wont be any DHCP server present in the cable modem....
Nat will be enabled only in DSL modem like AT&T verizon etc....So DHCP server will be present inside DSL modem...that is the reason why switches can be connected only to the DSL modem....
With NAT enabled modem, switch will work as a switch.... With NAT disabled modem, switch will work as a hub.... This is the difference....
Any doubts further ? please clarify with me.... I am ready to help you....

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Testimonial: "Excellent! In other words i need to purchase either a cable modem/router/wireless all in one appliance. Any suggestions of which to buy, Cisco may be????"

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  • Manikandan Raj May 09, 2010

    buy a router thats enough....
    The router will have a dhcp server built-in to it....
    It will have atleast 4 ethernet ports...you can connect your switch to the ports present in router(if you wish to extend the number of ports)....Now the switch will work as a switch from the router....


    Famous Routers like cisco linksys, Netgear, Belkin are available in market....
    According to my view Belkin is cheapest(some comes with lifetime hardware warranty) comes with minimum 2 years warranty and lifetime free technical support....
    Netgear comes with one year Hardware warranty +techsupport....after that you need to pay for tech support assistance too....
    Linksys no idea....

  • Manikandan Raj May 10, 2010

    yes, there are....


    Belkin is manufacturing All in one...
    it comes with a cable modem+Router+wireless antenna....


    but i recommend you to buy a router..because even if the router didnt work sometimes, you can throw it away and continue work using the available cable modem during emergency....
    Also it will be easy to isolate where the problem is....
    and the average life time of routers would be not more than 5 years(it depends)...
    but modems that came along with ISP will work for many years....


    Connection type will be like this...
    cable modem will be connecting to router....Router will be connecting to Hardwired and wireless computers...

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I have a netgear FS516 and an Arris Media Gateway 5 Series Router. I connected a standard cat 5 cable between one of the ports in the back of the Arris to the Uplink port in the first bank of ports on the Netgear FS516 and everything seems to work fine. But now I need to access the next bank of ports on the Netgear. I duplicated the setup using another ethernet port in the back of the Arris to the Uplink port in the next set of ports on the Netgear - but I get several lights blinking on the Netgear and I lose my internet connection. How do I activate the next set of ports on the Netgear?

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If the switch has an "uplink" port, connect a "straight-through" Ethernet cable from the cable-modem to the "uplink" port.

If the switch does not have an "uplink" port, connect a "cross-over" Ethernet cable from the cable-modem to one of the 8 'LAN' ports.

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SOURCE: blinking light on NetGear FS108

One LED is a Link light that will blink on activity.
The other shows link speed.
These boxes have AutoUplink negotiation so no crossover cables are required.
Test again with a standard straight though ethernet / CAT5 cable.

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