separating VoIP traffic and corporate data network
Posted on 2006-11-09
6 months ago we bought VoIP system for the office. There is 25 users now, and another 25 will be hired within 12-18 months. I am quickly running out of space on 48ports 3COM Managed switch.
Thinking of how to expand network I was planning to separate VoIP and corporate data into to subnets each one with its own switch. Until I've noticed that some of the employees have two or more Ethernet devices (PCs, network printers no incl phones). In which case, PC is plugged into the cubical port (2 ports total) and another devices uses phone's pass-through port.
So.... If I am going to separate VoIP and data to two different switches, thus I will need 10-15 4-port switches to reconnect all users with multi-nic-devices. Virtual switch won't help me since it work on ports not on MACs. With this issues, separation of VoIP and data does not look that appealing. Not that 4 port switches are expensive, but do I really need all this hassle for separate networking?
Any idea.. solutions... suggestions
Thanks in advance