voip managed switch for <24 users (<12 phones)

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I am setting up a VOIP system on a trial basis for a small business with less than 10 employees. Each has a computer and will now also have a digital phone (connected over 10/100). Their needs are pretty standard. They use their data connection for regular internet use and for a VPN connection to another branch (though that data requirements for it are very lean. it's actually a text-based program they use over the vpn). We're looking at no more than 5-6 concurrent data phone calls at a time.

My question is, how much do I need to spend here? I'm looking at the L2 Netgear FS726T ( and it seems to be everything I need. Should I spring for a L3 switch or would that be overkill?
Question by:tvacc
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    If you don't need a managed switch, than I would get an unmanaged gigabit switch instead.  Basically if you don't need the qos and internal routing features then you sacrafice it for speed...while keeping the cost the same.

    That is the switch I use, I have 5 of them, and I have on average over 60 simultaneous inbound calls, and an agent application.. going across a 20mb fiber connection vpn, addition to another 34 internal calls going out of Asterisk - 4 pri problems at all.
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    by:Kamran Arshad

    You can check out the new Juniper EX switches. They have default 8-port POE and you can get more POE. They have the facility to create VOICE VLANs. So you do not need QoS and other features. There performance is good with nice web configuration functionality. You can have a look at it;

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    Looks nice, but completely out of my price range. I'm not dropping 1500-2500 on a switch for 10 clients. Anyone have an opinion on the netgear switch I linked to above?
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    by:Ron M

    The switch you chose above, is fine.  I see no problem with running that switch.
    My only suggestion was, ...if you don't need all of the bells and wistles, you could sacrafice those for getting a gigabit switch for the same price.

    The reason I suggest it is, ...all of the new computers/servers on the market have gigabit network onboard.  For me,...buying a 10/100 switch means buying outdated equipment.  It's much better in my opinion to start out building the network with the faster hardware, as opposed to buying a slower switch with more functionality that you may or may not need.

    The switch you picked out will work fine however, I have no doubt about that.
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    by:Kamran Arshad
    Thanks for the update. You may check out the below vendors also before making a decision;

    Extreme Networks Summit    
    HP Procurve                       
    Dell Powerconnect           

    Checkout for HP procurve also if it meets your requirements.

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