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SE2800 Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.   What is the Linksys SE2800 Switch?
2.   What kind of devices can be connected to the switch?
3.   What are the different ports that can be found on the device?
4.   What should I do when my computer cannot connect to the Internet while 
      connected to the switch?
5.   What is the advantage of having a switch when it comes to data transfer?
6.   What is the warranty period for the SE2800?
7.   What are the standards supported by the SE2800?
8.   What types of cables are compatible with this switch?
9.   What should I do if my switch experiences excessive data collisions?
10. Can more than two (2) switches be uplinked in a row in a Fast Ethernet network?
11. Can I use a switch to share Internet connection to all computers in the network?


1. What is the Linksys SE2800 Switch?

The Linksys SE2800 is a plug and play, Gigabit Ethernet switch.  This particular device can help you connect computers together in a local network.  A switch is also useful in transferring data across a local network.  Its ports are capable of automatically detecting devices with 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps connection rates.  

2. What kind of devices can be connected to the switch?

You can connect the following devices to your SE2800 switch:

• Computers
• Routers
• Switches
• Network Printers
• Other network devices

NOTE:  For information on how to cascade a switch to a router, click here.  For instructions on how to connect a switch to another switch, click here.

3. What are the different ports that can be found on the device?

  • Ethernet Ports (1-8) – This is where you plug in your network cables to connect the computers to the switch.  It is through these ports that network information exchange takes place.
  • Power – This is where you connect the power adapter.

IMPORTANT:  The power adapter is included in the package of the switch that you purchased.  Usage of other power adapters could damage the switch.

4. 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 lit on the switch.  To do this:

o Try connecting a local network port on the device.  The green LED will light up every time the device detects a cable connected to it.
o You may also check if the yellow LED is working.  If it continually flashes, it means that there is network activity taking place.
o Check the LED button as well.  The LED button allows you to turn ON or OFF the LED lights.  It could be that the LED button has been pressed, that is why the LED lights are not showing up.

NOTE:  Learn more about the parts of the SE2800 switch by clicking here.

  • Power down everything and power ON the switch first.  Next, power ON the computer.

NOTE:  Only routers or modems with DHCP capabilities can allow sharing of Internet connection between computers.

5. What is the advantage of having a switch when it comes to data transfer?

The switch acts as a repeater which regenerates data signals as they pass through it.  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.

6. What is the warranty period for the SE2800?

The warranty period is dependent on the country of purchase.  For more information about your device's warranty, click here.

7. What are the standards supported by the SE2800?

The Linksys SE2800 switch is compliant with IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.3ab standards.

8. What types of cables are compatible with this switch?

All the ports in the switch have the capability to determine what kind of cable is connected to it.  Specifically, the numbered ports of the Linksys SE2800 switch can auto detect MDI or MDI-X cables.  However, it is recommended to assure that the Ethernet cable being used is at least a CAT5 type.

9. What should I do if my switch experiences excessive data collisions?

Verify that your network cabling is securely crimped and installed properly.

10. Can more than two (2) switches be uplinked in a row in a Fast Ethernet network?

No.  The maximum is two (2) switches.

11. 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 by itself.  It only allows more computers to be connected to a local network.  However, if your switch is connected to a DHCP Server with working Internet access, then the switch can share Internet connection.  For more information about this, click here.

NOTE:  Only routers or modems with DHCP capabilities can allow sharing of Internet connection between computers.

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