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Unmanaged Switch - IP Address (basic) question

Discussion in 'Switches, NICs and cabling' started by Mark070, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Mark070

    Mark070 New Around Here

    Nov 18, 2019
    Hi folks,

    I have a Netgear GS308 v3 (8 port) unmanaged switch. When I purchased my Edge Router 4, I had assigned reserved addresses for the major pieces of the network (NAS, Access Point, etc).

    For now, I have the switch just hooked up and it all works, but .. is it possible for me to assign the switch an IP Address (dhcp reserved)? I read that unmanaged switches do not have mac addresses; so how would I know which device is my switch on the network?

    Sorry, n00b question - and it really does not matter, but .. 1.) Its fun and 2.) I enjoy the learning aspect

    EDIT: ok .. so dumb switches (unmanaged) do not have MAC address' or IP Address', they switch on a ethernet level. Ok, answered. Thanks!

    EDIT 2: /delete thread
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
  2. coxhaus

    coxhaus Part of the Furniture

    Oct 7, 2010
    Look at you DHCP assigned pool of IP addresses. Do you have a MAC you don't recognize that might be you switch's IP, if not then probably no.
  3. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

    Aug 11, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    For an unmanaged switch, no need to reserve addresses - as mentioned, it's all at the ethernet level.

    For Layer2/Layer3 managed switches - I prefer to keep them outside of the DHCP scope period, and static assign them.

    Reason being - what happens if the DHCP server is down or goes sideways - having a true static IP address to get to the switch can save a lot of trouble.
  4. dosborne

    dosborne Senior Member

    May 11, 2019
    I do both, I setup the device with a static IP but I also put it into the DHCP reservation list. The odd time you reset to default a device, it typically goes back to DHCP. This way the same IP gets assigned :)