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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Hi Everybody,

I'm planning to use a regular layer 2 switch (WS-C2960S-48FPS-L) as the edge device for a solution where it will provide connectivity not only to wireless APs but also IP phones. My question is: would that be a mistake considering the level of QoS needed to assure proper IP telephony performance on the network?

I ask this because I have never installed an IP telephony solution and I read somewhere it was necessary to use a Layer 3 Switch.

Thanks,

RA.

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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Who is the VoIP manufacturer?

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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

If you mean the IP phones brand, it hasn't been defined yet. If you mean the central telephone exchange device, is currently Siemens.

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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

For simple LAN based IP telephony, no Layer 3 switch is necessary, and not even QoS.

What is necessary, is that design and implementation are done by a reputable engineer.

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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Hi Paolo, thanks for answering.

I have knowledge about networking but never has installed an IP Telephony solution. That's why I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.

Do you mean in the case people would need to call outside the LAN (through a gateway or a compatible PBX) I will be needing just the Layer 3 Switch as the core Switch? and the edge Switch could be the same Layer 2?

Thanks.

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IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

As above: you do not necessarily need a layer 3 switch. For example one could use a router, or in some cases nothing at all.

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Re: IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Hi.
It depends on what kind of ip telephony solution you are adopting.
Usually ip phones does not need to be routed outside the network because the pbx connects them with the outside world PSTN/IP

HTH

Regards

Carlo

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Re: IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Ok, to consider this question as answered:

Is it optional to use QoS on an IP Telephony environment?

There is no problem at all (if I wish to have QoS) on having Layer 2 edge Switches?

Thanks.

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Re: IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

In some case QOS is not an optional but in other can be unecessary.If you think that the lan where you are implementing IP Telephony solution that could not be so "busy" you can avoid to configure qos

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Regards

Carlo
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Carlo

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Re: IP Telephony <--> Switching Question

Ok, and the 2nd question?

There is no problem at all (if I wish to have QoS) on having Layer 2 edge Switches?

Thanks.