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Resetting an unmanaged switch

  1. Jan 30, 2016 #1
    I have tried to reset my unmanaged switch (Cisco Linksys) by recycling its power several times but everything becomes the same. My computer can't retrieve the IP address delivered from it that is set up with DHCP mode.
    If I connect my computer to the main router (the one that is connected to the Internet) then everything works fine (my computer is network-able). I guess my switch is being dead or likely already. :DD
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  3. Jan 31, 2016 #2


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    Several comments:
    • In a computer network, an unmanaged switch is totally invisible.
    • I have never seen an unmanaged switch that is also a DHCP server.
    • In any case, an unmanaged switch should be connected to the main router if you want your computers to have Internet access. Then the DHCP server in the main router will work through the switch.
  4. Jan 31, 2016 #3
    Thank you a lot. :biggrin: It is not a DHCP server, I mean the DHCP service is set up at the main router; and my cable if connected from the said switch is not functioning even though there are LED signals from the switch, so I think my switch is "dead" and I can't reset it anymore.

    Failed: Internet ---- Main Router ---- Switch ---- My computer
    Works: Internet ---- Main Router ---- My computer
  5. Feb 4, 2016 #4
    You likely have a dead switch or dead a port. Generally, unmanaged switches have nothing to reset since none of the settings on them can actually be changed. The best you can do is to try different ports and turn the device off and then back on.

    If that doesn't work, then its time to throw it away and get a new one.
  6. Feb 4, 2016 #5
    Thank you for your reply,
    I did change the ports (all of which work fine (LED signals are all on)), cycle the power to no avail.
  7. Feb 4, 2016 #6
    Then it's likely a dead switch. Time to go out and get yourself a new toy!
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