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LGS308 Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
HARDWARE INFORMATION
 
1.  What is the Linksys 8-port Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308?
2.  Is running a setup CD needed for this device to work?
3.  Can the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308 be rack-mounted or wall-mounted?
4.  What is the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308’s IP address?
5.  What kind of devices can be connected to the switch?
6.  What is the advantage of having a switch when it comes to data transfer?
7.  Can I use a switch to share Internet connection to all computers in the network?
8.  Does the LGS308 support QoS?
9.  Does the LGS308 support Port Mirroring?
10.  What is included in the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308’s package?
 
LEDs
 
1.  What do the LEDs in the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308 mean?
2.  Why the do the System LED keep blinking?
3.  When will the PoE MAX LED turn ON?
 
TROUBLESHOOTING
 
1.  How do I upgrade the Smart Switch’s firmware?
2.  What should I do when my computer cannot connect to the Internet while connected to the switch?
3.  What should I do to ensure that I can re-access my switch if I would change the VLAN management?
4.  What can I do if I forgot my login password?
5.  Can I configure my switch through its web-based setup page?
6.  Can I backup the configuration file and save configuration changes on my switch?
7.  How do I configure the switch’s QoS?
8.  How do I restart the Smart Switch?
9.  How can I reset my Switches to factory default?


HARDWARE INFORMATION

1.  What is the Linksys 8-port Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308?

The Linksys 8-port Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308 offers a quick and easy solution to extend an office network, allowing devices to be located anywhere without the need for alternating current (AC) outlets.  It is designed for customers, who need a low cost switch with basic management but high level feature list including a web-based setup page that provides easy configuration and management, and Gigabit speed ports providing high bandwidth capabilities. 

2.  Is running a setup CD needed for this device to work?

No.  You don't have to configure any since the Smart Gigabit Switch is a plug-and-play device.  Setting up the device though, requires you to access its web-based set up page.  For more information, click here.

3.  Can the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308 be rack-mounted or wall-mounted?
 
Yes.  The device can be rack-mounted or wall-mounted.  For instructions, click here.
 
4.  What is the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308’s IP address?
 
The switch is acting DHCP client by default.  If there is no DHCP server on your network, the default IP address of the switch is 192.168.1.251/255.255.255.0.
 
5.  What kind of devices can be connected to the switch?
 
The device allows networking device such as hubs, IP phone, IP cameras, computers, routers, switches, and network printers to be connected to it.
 
6.  What is the advantage of having a switch when it comes to data transfer?

 
The switch's Gigabit speed ports provide high bandwidth capabilities. It also acts as a repeater which regenerates data signals as they pass through the device.  This feature acts as a safeguard to deter data loss and ensure that transmissions arrive securely at their destinations.  Moreover, a switch is capable of intelligent filtering of data based on source and destination as compared to the repeater which can only regenerate the signal without checking its recipients.
 
7.  Can I use a switch to share Internet connection to all computers in the network?
 
No.  The switch is not capable of sharing Internet connection across the network.  However, what it does is it allows more computers to be connected to a local network. 
 
8.  Does the LGS308 support QoS?
 
The Smart Gigabit Switch does not support QoS advance mode, only QoS basic mode.
 
9.  Does the LGS308 support Port Mirroring?
 
Yes, up to four (4) sources to one target.
 
10.  What is included in the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308’s package?
 
Package Contents
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power Cord (Power Adapter included with LGS308 and LGS308P)
  • CD with documentation
  • Rack-mount kit or wall-mount kit 
LEDs
 
1.  What do the LEDs in the Smart Gigabit Switch, LGS308 mean?
 

System LED - Indicates the device’s status and activities.
 
OFF - System is powered OFF.
  • Solid Blue - System is ON and operative.
  • Blinking Blue:
    • Booting/System Self-Test
    • Device is using the factory default IP address of 192.168.1. 251
  • Blinking Yellow - Failure detect (e.g. FAN)  
RJ-45 port LEDs
  • Left - Link/Activity
    • OFF - No link detected
    • Solid - Link is detected/established
    • Blinking - Transmitting/receiving Data 
NOTE:  For more information about the Smart Gigabit Switch LEDs, click here.

2.  Why the do the System LED keep blinking?
 
The System LED flashes when the device is acquiring an IP address and when currently using the factory default IP address 192.168.1.251.  The system status LED changes to solid blue when a new unique IP address is received from the DHCP server or a static IP address has been set.
 
3.  When will the PoE MAX LED turn ON?
 
The PoE MAX LED turns ON when the switch is providing more than 85% of its total PoE budget.  The LED gives the user a warning that only 15% of the total PoE budget is available.

TROUBLESHOOTING

1.  How do I upgrade the Smart Switch’s firmware?
 
The Linksys Smart Switches’ firmware upgrade can be done through HTTP/HTTPs mode or TFTP mode in their web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.
 
2.  What should I do when my computer cannot connect to the Internet while connected to the switch?
 
Follow the steps provided below to resolve this issue:
  • Verify if LEDs are properly lit on the switch.  
SYSTEM - Blue
LINK/ACT - Green
PoE - Green
  • Power down everything and power ON the switch first.  Next, power ON the computer. 
3.  What should I do to ensure that I can re-access my switch if I would change the VLAN management?
 
To access your device, the computer’s access port has to be a member of management VLAN.  Before changing the management VLAN, ensure that the access port of your computer must be also a member of the new Management VLAN.  Otherwise, you may not be able to re-access your switch and you will have to reset the system to default.
 
4.  What can I do if I forgot my login password?
 
The switch can be set to factory default by pressing the reset button for over 10 seconds. The username/password will revert to admin/admin.
 
5.  Can I configure my switch through its web-based setup page?
 
Yes, the Smart Switches can be configured using their web-based setup page.  To know how, click here.
 
6.  Can I backup the configuration file and save configuration changes on my switch?
 
Yes.  You can perform these on the switch’s web-based setup page.
 
7. How do I configure the switch’s QoS?
 
The QoS configuration options are as follows:
  • CoS settings
  • Queue settings
  • Bandwidth
  • Basic Mode QoS
You can configure these options through web-based setup page.  To know more, click here.
 
8.  How do I restart the Smart Switch?
 
You can restart the switch by pressing the reset button or perform a restart through web-based setup page.  For more information in restarting the switch, click here.
 
9.  How can I reset my Switches to factory default?
 
The switch can be set to factory defaults by pressing the reset button for over 10 seconds or through its web-based setup page.

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