Setting Up a University Provided Network Switch

D-Link switches are considered “smart switches.” This means that the wired configuration (order of the Ethernet cables) does not matter. Any of the ports will suffice, as long as one is still plugged directly from the wall port into the switch and another from the switch into a computer, game console, printer, etc.

D-Link switches available for rent by any university students at UITS-Desktop Support.

Network Switch Setup

1. The D-Link switches have five ports and one power adapter slot. The five ports will contain the Ethernet cables while the power adapter slot will contain the power adapter for the switch.


2. Plug in the power cable for the power adapter to an outlet on the wall. Then plug in the other end of the power adapter to the power adapter slot.


3. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable to the data jack on the wall. The data jack is usually the colored jack or the bottom jack of the port.


4. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable to Port 1 of the switch.


5. Plug one end of the second Ethernet cable to one of the other available ports on the switch. Please remember that port 1 is used for the direct connection to the wall. In the picture below, the second Ethernet cable is plugged into port 3.


6. Plug the other end of the second Ethernet cable to the network device’s Ethernet port.


7. Check the IP Address you are pulling on the device to make sure it is working properly.  You will want to see a 137.x.x.x IP address.

Information on how to find an IP address on your device.

For further help, contact the UITS-Help Center.


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