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    Office Network Help!

    We're trying to setup a network in our office that consists of 12 computers and 12 voip phones that operate on network cable.
    The computers are all gigabit ready but the phones are only capable of handling 10/100 speeds.
    What would be the best way to configure this setup without knocking the computers down to 10/100 speeds?
    I greatly appreciate the help. Specific routers/switches/hubs would also be greatly appreciated!

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    Todays switches will control speed per port. Having a 24 port gigabit switch, if you plug in several 10/100 only devices...and a dozen or so PCs with gig NICs..will not drop the PCs down to 10/100 speeds.

    For growth purposes, may want to get 2x switches..1x for the PCs, 1x for the phones....so heavier LAN traffic (depending on what your usage is there) doesn't impact VoIP quality.

    The bigger thing will be your router/firewall. And internet connection. What are you running now? QoS for the VoIP traffic is desired.
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    Right now we're using a basic 4port 10/100 Netgear router (model rp614) and Optimum Boost for internet connection.
    Last edited by HeCTiC; 02-26-09 at 12:56 PM.

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    By the way, good to see you're still around YeOlde....
    I used to post here many years ago when I was working in the networking field and you were handing out good advice way back then too!. Its been many years since I've done any type of networking. Hence the reason i'm looking for advice.

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    Yeah haven't seen your around here in a while...

    You're probably borderline as to wanting to separate your VoIP traffic from LAN traffic...depends on usage of the PCs and how good your switch is.

    Can go with 1 larger switch for both....
    One better switch which can VLAN 'em by ports..
    Or pickup 2x switches, 1 for VoIP and 1x for LAN...uplink both of those to your router.

    Speaking of router...I'd want to replace that home grade RP614 with something that has quite a bit more nut. A dozen PCs on Optimum will smoke that Netgear. Mixing VoIP into the mix...it'll sound gurgled like you were in a fish tank.

    I'd want a good business grade router with some power and good VoIP QoS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    I'd want a good business grade router with some power and good VoIP QoS.
    Any you would suggest? Netgear if possible as the owner prefers to stay within the same brand. We currently have a Netgear switch (model jgs524)

    Thank you for the help

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