Setting up a D-Link DI-524 router as a switch
March 13, 2013 36 Comments
- Update 21-June-2014: Add an IP address to the router to enable further configuration (see green text and box below)
- Update 17-April-2015: Screenshots from the D-Link DI-524 setup (see red markings in directions, and actual shots below). You may click on the images to open them in full size in a new window or tab.
The only reason for this post is that I have an old D-Link DI-524 router, that I needed an extra switch for my home network, and that I finally figured out how to make this work. It’s not that hard, really. One problem was that most guides I found tended to talk a lot of nonsense between the lines, which was confusing, or they included steps that weren’t needed, which didn’t help at all.
This quick step-by-step disposes of (most if not all) the needless and confusing chitter-chatter, and is hopefully basic enough that most people can follow it. It also requires that you have a D-Link DI-524, which in the year 2013 may not be all that likely, and that you’re not easily freaked out by horrible technical terms like “cable”, “reset”, “browser” or “log in”.
- Start with just the router, connect only the power supply.
- Reset the router (press and hold the Reset button for 10-15 seconds), because it’s easier when you begin from scratch.
- Connect your computer to one of the four LAN ports by a network cable.
- Open a web browser, type “192.168.0.1” in the address box and press Enter. Log in with username “admin” and leave the password blank. And of course, you never actually type the “quote marks”.
- Click “Wireless” on the left hand side and set up the wireless bit the way you like it, or disable it if you prefer, then click “Apply”. (Fig.1)
- Click on “DHCP” on the left hand side, disable DHCP, then click “Apply” again. (Fig.2)
- NEW: Click “LAN” on the left hand side, type in your preferred IP address in the “IP Address” field, then click “Apply” again. [See new section below] (Fig.3)
- Connect the network cable coming from your broadband modem to one of the four LAN ports.
- Connect nothing to the WAN port. It’s dead.
- Know that you won’t be able to change any settings without resetting the router first and doing it all over again.
Your precious D-Link DI-524 router should now be a plain network switch, if you turned off the wireless, or a wireless access point, if you left it on.
My first mistake on previous attempts was that I expected to still be able to access the router interface, forgetting that “switch” means the “router” part is out of the equation.
My second mistake was that I thought the cable from the broadband modem was still supposed to go into the WAN port, whose being dead does account for its not working.
Or maybe the first mistake was the second, and vice versa, but I’m not going to lose sleep over that.
Anyway, my newly configured D-Link switch now plays host to an old computer chugging away as an improvised media centre, a cabled connection for my laptop whenever I play games that don’t like wireless, and there’s even a so far unused network port in case I need it later, all running on one single ten metre long network cable between the D-Link in the living room and the modem on the far side of the apartment, rather than on three separate ten metre cables making a mess of things, and there is not even any noticeable lag when running speed tests through the D-Link, compared to running them directly through the modem, which is a pleasant surprise. Works for me! 🙂