Linksys LGS326MP and LGS326P Frequently Asked Questions


1.  What are the Linksys LGS326MP and LGS326P?

The Linksys LGS326MP 24-Port Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switch MP (Linksys LGS326MP) and Linksys Business LGS326P 24-Port Gigabit PoE+ (192W) Smart Managed Switch + 2x Gigabit SFP/RJ45 Combo Ports (Linksys LGS326P)
 offer a quick and easy solution to extend your office network and connectyour wired devices together at up to gigabit speeds.  The smart switch has a web-based setup page that provides simple configuration and management.  To learn more, click here.

2.  Is running a setup CD needed for the switch to work?
No.  You can set up the switch through its web-based setup page.  To learn how to access the setup page, click

3.  Can I rack mount my switch?
Yes.  To learn how to rack mount your switch, click

4.  What is its default IP address?
The switch is a DHCP client by default.  If there is no DHCP server on your network, the default IP address of the switch is

5.  What is PoE?
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that enables an ethernet cable to deliver both data and power.

6.  What kind of devices can I connect to the switch?
You can connect hubs, IP phones, IP cameras, computers, routers, other switches, and network printers to the switch.

7.  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.

8.  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 but it allows more computers to be connected to a local network. 

9.  Does the switch support QoS?
The switch supports Quality of Service (QoS) in Basic Mode only.

10.  Does it support port mirroring?
Yes.  It supports up to four sources to one target.  
To learn more, click here.

11.  What are the contents of the switch's package?
The switch's package contains the following items:
  • Linksys LGS326P or LGS326MP
  • Quick start guide
  • Power cord and adapter
  • CD with documentation
  • Rack-mount kit
12.  What is the PoE power budget for the switch?
The PoE power budget is 384 W for up to 24 PoE+ ports.

13.  What are the supported PoE standards?
The switch supports both IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at (PoE+).

14.  Does it have a fan support?
Yes.  The switch has one fan.

1.  What do the lights in the switch mean?
SYSTEM light - 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)  
PoE MAX - Indicates the PoE power budget status of the switch
  • OFF - Total power feeding does not reach 85 percent of total power budget
  • Solid orange - Total power feeding is reaching over 85 precent of total power budget
Combo port lights
  • Left - Indicates link/activity status
    • OFF  - No link detected
    • Solid - Link is detected/established
    • Blinking - Transmitting/receiving data 
  • Right - Indicates the speed
    • OFF - 10/100 Base-TX link detected or link down
    • Solid - 1000 Mbps link detected
RJ-45 Port Lights
  • Left - Indicates the link/activity status
    • OFF - No link detected
    • Solid - Link is detected/established
    • Blinking - Transmitting/receiving data 
NOTE:  To learn more about the lights, click here.

2.  Why the does the SYSTEM light keep blinking?
The SYSTEM light flashes when the device is acquiring an IP address and when using the factory default IP address of  The light 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 light turn ON?
The PoE MAX light turns ON when the switch is providing more than 85 percent of its total PoE budget to warn you that only 15 percent of the total PoE budget is available.


1.  How do I upgrade the switch’s firmware?
The firmware upgrade can be done through HTTP/HTTPs mode or TFTP mode in the web-based setup page.  For instructions, click

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 the lights are properly lit on the switch. 
LINK/ACT - Green
PoE MAX - Orange
  • Power down everything and power ON the switch first.  Next, power ON the computer.
3.  What should I do to ensure that I could re-access my switch if I 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 forget 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 switch can be configured using its web-based setup page.  To learn how, click

6.  Can I backup the Configuration File and save the configuration changes on my switch?
Yes.  You can perform these on the switch’s web-based setup page.  
To learn how, click here.

7.  How do I configure the switch’s QoS?
The QoS configuration options are as follows:
  • Class of Service (CoS) settings
  • Queue settings
  • Bandwidth
  • Basic Mode QoS
You can configure these options through web-based setup page.  To learn more, click here.

8.  How do I restart the switch?
You can restart the switch by pressing the reset button or performing a restart through the web-based setup page.  To learn more, click

9.  How can I reset my switch to its factory default settings?
The switch can be set to factory defaults by pressing the reset button for over 10 seconds or through its web-based setup page.  
To learn more, click here

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