Configure VLAN for Voice VLAN on switches
Posted on 2013-06-06
I would like to clarify how a switch should be configured for a voice VLAN on my switch gear (I am still learning about networking). We currently run 2 VLANs at each of our offices.
* VLAN 1 = Data (Default)
* VLAN 100 = Voice
Every user has a TIPT VOIP handset and PC at their desk. The PC's NIC is cabled to the Handset, and the handset is connected to (via wall data point) the switch.
So in saying this, every port on the switch is configured with both VLAN's (VLAN100 Tagged, and VLAN1 Untagged).
The current switch has no more free ports available. So we have purchased another. The current switch is a Cisco Catalyst 2960. The new switch is a Dell Powerconnect 5524.
The part that is confusing to me is how to configure the VLAN's when both are required on each port. I am confused about the VLAN modes and what they mean (eg Access, Trunk, General). I have tinkered around with all of the different modes, but I seem to keep crashing the LAN where the device is connected.
The new switch has 24 Gigabit ports. The old switch is connected to Port 1 on the new switch. Do I configure this port with a different mode to the remaining 23 ports?
My limited understanding is that I should configure port 1 as a trunk and the rest as Access ports?
Sorry all for being a Newb!!