May 29

Connecting the Switch to the Network

You can use any of the 1000BASE-T ports, 10GB ports, or fiber-optic ports to connect the D-Link Switch to your network. The type of port you use to connect the switch depends on your network requirements and the type of node to which you connect the Switch, which might be a hub, router, or another switch.

There is a great deal of flexibility on how connections are made using the appropriate cabling.

• Connect a 10BASE-T hub or switch to the Switch via a twisted-pair Category 3, 4 or 5 UTP/STP cable.

• Connect a 100BASE-TX hub or switch to the Switch via a twisted-pair Category 5 UTP/ STP cable.

• Connect 1000BASE-T switch to the Switch via a twisted pair Category 5e UTP/STPcable.

• Connect a switch supporting a fiber-optic uplink to the Switch’s SFP ports via fiber-optic cabling.

• Change the Switch to PoE mode using the Mode Select button. When in PoE Mode, the Switch works with all D-Link 802.3af capable devices.

The Link/Act LEDs for each UTP port will light green or amber when the link is valid. A blinking LED indicates packet activity on that port.

Connecting the Switch and AP Directly


You can connect one or more DWL-3500AP or DWL-8500AP access points directly to the Switch by using a straight-through or crossover UTP cable.

Connecting the Switch and AP through the L2/L3 Network


The Switch can discover and manage APs whether they are directly connected, connected through a device in the same subnet, or connected to different subnets.

Connecting to the Core Network

The optional 10GB ports on the DWS-3026 are ideal for uplinking to the core network.


Connections to the Gigabit Ethernet ports are made using a fiber-optic cable or Category 5e copper cable, depending on the type of port. A valid connection is indicated when the Link LED is lit.

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