New Small Office Network with VOIP Wiring and Switch Choices
Posted on 2012-08-11
I am setting up our new small office network in our new suite. We will have about 16 locations for data and voip. We are pulling all new wire using Cat6. We use a hosted VOIP solution. At some point in the near future we will have a 25mb fiber internet connection. Internally we share data with a NAS, but are considering a server in the near future. Trying to figure out the following:
1. Should we have 2 networks, 1 for VOIP and 1 for DATA? (The VOIP Phones have 10/100 switches.)
2. We would like to use POE for convenience. 1 x 24 port 10/100 POE and 1 x 24 port 10/100/1000 switch? Or, one 48 port 10/100/1000 with 24 POE ports?
3. Managed or unmanaged switches? (I figure if its a 48 port with 24 POE ports it should be a smartswitch or managed if we have 2 networks?)
4. If we need managed is smartswitch enough?
5. If a single network, do you separate the traffic with VLANS? Subnets? Not necessary? QoS?
I apologize in advance if I am not asking this the right way. I've been doing a lot of reading on the subject and may have confused some things. Thanks for the help.