Cracking Open A Linksys Desktop Switch

Uplink Port

The EZXS55W's Uplink port is the last Ethernet port on the right. When an Ethernet cable is plugged into this port, the port next door (port number 5) is disabled. This is because the Uplink port is a shared port. The Uplink port was provided for connecting another network switch or similar device straight-through using category 5 cabling, thereby eliminating the need for a cross-over cable.

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