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Configure VLAN for Voice VLAN on switches

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!!
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Understood. I think I set all of the ports up as Trunks initially, but when I sent it to the Branch Office that it meant for, it crashed the LAN at that office.

However I think the issue was that before I sent the switch up, I did not save the running config. So when it was turned on at the other office, it had lost the new VLAN config and it was also showing the wrong subnet.

I just wanted to clarify that I had it configured correctly before. I wasn't sure if I needed to configure all ports that connect to phones as Trunks or only the port that connects to the other switch.
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I had to send it pre configured unfortunately. The site is in a remote area and the closest local IT support is about 6 hours away.
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I ended up configuring the ports in Trunk Mode. This works perfect.
General mode just kept crashing the LAN.

Thanks for all of the tips guys.