I have an old Linksys switch (EZXS55W) and it has worked fine for many years now, but I tried to hook something up today to the last open port and noticed the device didn't work when I did this. When I looked about my switch, it says that it disables that port when using the Uplink port.
I'm still a bit fuzzy on what the Uplink port does for me, I had always assumed that this Uplink port was for me to plug into from my router which is elsewhere in the house and hooked up to the modem so it could allow the switch to work for my other devices. I guess I need more than 5 ports now, but I see newer switches do not have this Uplink port generally anymore. Can I safely buy a new 8 port switch that does not have an Uplink port and maintain the exact same functionality?
If I understand what I'm reading correctly, newer switches did away with the need for a dedicated Uplink port so now the switches intelligently do whatever the Uplink did? I don't want to get further off from the accurate answer to this, so I just want to understand the technicality behind this so I'm not uninformed.
The one thing I guess I'm seeing from this though, if a switch is say an 8 port switch that means 1 port will be used to feed from the actual internet connection (whichever cable is providing it to the switch) and then the other 7 can be devices that need access to that shared network connection and by that virtue, the internet. It does not however, work like 5 port means it has 6 physical ports with one being the "internet" connection, and the other 5 being devices that need to be hooked up, correct? The latter is how I always thought it worked, but thinking this is incorrect now.