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I've googled a bit and people say you need an uplink port and if your switch doesn't have one, then you need a crossover Ethernet cable to connect a switch to a router.

Would I need a crossover cable for for this switch and this router?
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I've googled a bit and people say you need an uplink port and if your switch doesn't have one, then you need a crossover Ethernet cable to connect a switch to a router.
Would I need a crossover cable for for this switch and this router?

AFAIK, you don't need a crossover cable.
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A straight-through cable is used in the following circumstances:
• From a host to a hub – MDI to MDIX
• From a host to a switch - MDI to MDIX
• From a router to a hub - MDI to MDIX
From a router to a switch - MDI to MDIX
Essentially, a straight-through cable is used to connect any device to a hub or
switch, except for another hub or switch.

...
Modern devices can now automatically detect whether the crossover function is required, negating the need for a crossover cable. This
functionality is referred to as Auto-MDIX, and is now standard with Gigabit Ethernet, which uses all eight wires to both transmit and receive. Auto-
MDIX requires that autonegotiation be enabled.
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An uplink port toggle button generally is meant when connecting to another upstream switch.

Any switchport on the device will function correctly if you plug it into that router.

The vast majority of devices released in the past few years feature auto mdi/mdix functionality, as outlined above.
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