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#1 May 10 2010 at 7:38 PM Rating: Decent
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So I have a Linksys 10/100 5-port Workgroup Switch, model EZXS55W. I read that a switch will work for LAN, you just need 2 ethernet cables and put in your own IP's and settings, not a problem.

My bigger problem/question is that we lost the power cord for the switch. I found one that fits, a Nokia cell phone charger. Model ACP-7U.

I don't know what a safe voltage is for switches, though. And I don't know what input/output mean exactly, I've always had trouble with it.

The Nokia charger says on it:
"Input:120V-AC/60Hz/4.8VA
Output:3.7V-DC/340mA"

And yes, a crossover cable would be easier (joke not intended :P) but I don't think we have one, and I was wondering if we can do it this way on the cheap. We also have a router, just using this switch would be more convenient.
#2 May 10 2010 at 10:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Input would be the amount of power it's set up to handle from the outlet, while output is the amount your adapter is putting into the device it's supposed to power. From a quick Google search:

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The Specification for the Power adapter for the EZXS55W is 7.5V DC, 700 mA. You may check if you can find that adapter on any Local Store, or else you may contact Linksys and you might find the adapter.


Sounds like your charger is about half as powerful as it needs to be.
#3 May 11 2010 at 6:26 PM Rating: Decent
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If you connect the computers to the router, it should work that way. A router usually has a built in switch.
#4 May 11 2010 at 7:15 PM Rating: Decent
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We got a router, my father found one laying around in his office, and with it's own power cable... He also found the voltage printed on the switch. XD; Thank you Majivo and Linku, we've got it from here.

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#5 May 25 2010 at 5:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Just a quick point about switches and routers. You are correct that a router also (usually) contains a switch. A switch is just a set of connections which can all talk to each other. What makes a router a router is simply that it presents one IP address range on one side of it, and another on the other. A typical home router will have one side with a single ethernet port, and the other side "faces" the switch itself (so it faces all the systems connected to that switch).

You can use it as just a switch if you want though. One of the things to realize is that routing protocols are only used when needed. When one computer attempts to talk to another, it will first broadcast that connection on its connected default network port. If it gets a response, it's done. If it doesn't, then it talks to its default gateway address and asks it to route that packet to wherever it needs to go. The router then uses a series of routing discovery protocols to find a route to the correct subnet somewhere else and then sends the packet off on its merry way. This is handy knowledge if you ever find yourself having to configure some nutty network device with a hardwired ethernet address from the vendor. Just power it on and connect it to your network, then configure a virtual address on a computer on the same network and telnet to the address of the device. Presto!

You can use a router as a simple switch, just make sure that the router IP facing the switch itself is either not configured, or is set to some unused address. You don't want it sharing the same address as your actual home network router or they'll fight over who get a routed packet with "bad" results...
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#7 Feb 23 2012 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I tried using a 3.7v for that model charger. There are Nokia chargers with the right type of end. They don't work. The router will boot up, but it won't find the network or route packets. While it likely won't damage it, it also won't route. So find one with the right voltage.
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