Can I use a Router as a Switch?

Yes, you can use a router as a switch, but there are some important considerations and steps to follow. Here’s how you can do it and what you need to know:

Yes, you can use a router as a switch, but there are some important considerations and steps to follow. Here’s how you can do it and what you need to know:


How to Use a Router as a Switch

  1. Disable DHCP:

    • Access the router's configuration page by typing its IP address into a web browser (commonly or
    • Log in using the router’s credentials.
    • Navigate to the DHCP settings and disable the DHCP server function. This prevents the router from assigning IP addresses, which will be managed by your primary router.
  2. Configure the LAN IP Address:

    • Change the LAN IP address of the router to an address within the same subnet as your primary network but outside the DHCP range of your primary router to avoid conflicts. For example, if your primary router uses 192.168.1.x with a DHCP range of to, set the secondary router’s IP to something like
  3. Disable WAN Port:

    • Ignore the WAN/Internet port on the router you are converting to a switch. Instead, connect one of its LAN ports to a LAN port on your primary router using an Ethernet cable.
  4. Connect Devices:

    • Use the remaining LAN ports on the secondary router to connect other devices.



  1. Performance:

    • Using a router as a switch can be efficient for small to medium-sized networks. However, dedicated switches often provide better performance and more features optimized for switching tasks.
  2. Firmware:

    • Ensure your router's firmware supports the necessary configurations. Some routers might have limitations or lack features needed to function optimally as a switch.
  3. Advanced Features:

    • While the converted router will work as a basic switch, it may not support advanced features found in dedicated switches, such as VLANs, advanced QoS, and more.



  • Cost-effective: Using an old router as a switch can save money if you already have the device.
  • Ease of Setup: For basic networking needs, converting a router can be straightforward and effective.



  • Limited Ports: Most routers have fewer LAN ports compared to dedicated switches.
  • Potential for Confusion: Managing a network with multiple devices might be more complex if not properly documented.


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