How to Clean an Ethernet Switch


An Ethernet switch is a networking device that allows multiple computers to communicate with one another without mixing up the signal. It is a practical tool for home or office computer networks where a number of PCs run through a single connection. Over time, your personal Ethernet switch is likely to collect dust and dirt. Unused ports become clogged and need to be cleaned. Maintaining the cleanliness of your Ethernet switch ensures its usability and adds to its lifespan.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft, nonabrasive cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Compressed air
  • Alcohol
  • Water
  • Power off the device, unplug its power supply and disconnect all Ethernet cables linked to it.

  • Wipe off the outside of the Ethernet Switch with a dry or slightly damp cloth to remove dust or dirt from the device. The damp cloth should only be slightly wet. If it's too wet, water will get into the Ethernet switch, possibly damaging it.

  • Use a cotton swab or a can of compressed air to clean out the vents and inputs on the Ethernet switch. A small amount of alcohol can be used on the tip of the cotton swab to safely clean inside each Ethernet input.

  • Check the Ethernet switch for dust, dirt, or dampness before reconnecting it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't afford to disconnect your Ethernet switch, wipe it off with a dry cloth only. Avoid cleaning with alcohol and water while it's connected. This could damage the device or cause physical harm.

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