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Need to assign More IP's using RV325 Router


Hi all. I'm new to Networking at this level so any help will be greatly appreciated. I have scoured for information about this but nothing seems to pop out at me, at least that's to say nothing I understand about what I may have seen previously appears to match my needs.

I am a computer security consultant. Though I have previously applied minor networking fixes within residential settings, I do not normally apply my networking abilities (or lack there of) in larger settings that require more resources but I now find myself in this situation.

Here's the layout;

I am working for an up start manufacturing facility in my home town, they have about 50 workstations that comprise of laptops, desktops, printers and mobile devices. There are no current plans to deploy a Server, at this point, the plan is to simply run a SOHO network (I'm not a fan but whatever...). As this is an "up start" company, there is a budget concern so if I can limit this task to the resources currently available, that'd be great but if the suggestions are for more resources, I suppose I'll have to deal with it!

The Network gear currently available (That I have been tasked with setting up);

1 x Cisco RV325 - currently connected and being used

1 x TP link TL-2452 Switch - not currently being used

The request is to provide more than 50 DHCP assigned IP's to the network so that all devices can communicate and share/access the internet and each others resources as well as access a backup hard drive that is connected directly to the router. 

Currently, without using the switch, we can provide IP's to 50 devices. The question I have been asked is, without deploying the switch whether or not the router itself could serve out more DHCP assigned IP's to devices within the logical segment and have all devices see and communicate with each other regardless of the number of devices. If this is possible, I'd like some pointers on how this can be done and or directions to the nearest documented resources that can assist me in this venture. 


Thanks in Advance

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Glenn Martin
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Hello BNear0017:

DHCP Configuration can be found by navigating to DHCP>DHCP Setup

I'm not sure what you mean by: "have all devices see and communicate with each other regardless of the number of devices






Sorry for making this sound confusing, as I previously stated; "I'm new to Networking at this level..." and "I have scoured for information about this but nothing seems to pop out at me, at least that's to say nothing I understand..."

With that in mind, I'm sure you can understand that I may not be conveying myself correctly given that I have very limited experience with networking devices at this level. The two answers thus far do shed some light on things that were previously dark.

When I stated that I wanted all devices to communicate with each other regardless of the number of devices, what I was eluding to without actually introducing it as a suggestion is this; I know the router can deploy Vlans but, if Vlans are used, in order for all connected devices to see each other, additional configuration, that is certainly above my scope, will be required. So I just need to know if 50 IP's is the max the router assigns without the use of switches or implementation of Vlans.

cchamorr suggests the router can provide over 253 IP's but when I attempted to change the number of IP's in the range of, the range simply stays at - and does not appear to allow me to add more IP's to that specific range. The way it looks now is that, using Vlans, I would need to create another segment with the range of which is not ideal. I do now understand the need for a switch added to the mix as I obviously have no physical way of connecting all the required devices without it.

The user guide for the RV325 explains the DHCP settings in a rather vague way, for instance, the guide states that "The range can be up to the maximum number of IP addresses that the server can assign..." but again, no server is currently deployed so, the question is, and simply because the user guide does not address it, how do I change the DHCP assigned IP's from the current 50 assigned to something more?

We will forthwith assume that I will now use the switch!