Recommendation for best LAN switch solution
Posted on 2013-06-25
I need to build up a K-12 education LAN infrastructure and I am looking for some input on the best switch choices.
I have 4 school buildings in my network, all on the same campus but each on a separate subnet. In each building I have the following devices;
Wireless Access Points with PoE gigabit ports
IP Phones with 100M ports
Desktop Computers with Gigabit ports
IP Video cameras with PoE Gigabit ports
IP Printers with 100M Ports
I am considering only using switches with 24 10/100/1000 ports and 2 or 4 modular uplink ports. I would use the same model but with PoE support for the Access Points and IP Cameras
One of the main items I would like to provide is IP based QoS for the IP Phones. We have tried port based VLANs before but users tend to mode their equipment around every summer and often plug the phones into a port that is not part of the IP Phone VLAN and encounter problems.
The IP phones have statically assigned IP addresses so I thought if I could manage QoS based on IP address, it wouldn't matter if they moved their phones.
The IP Phone server is centrally located. in one of the 4 buildings.
What are your recommendations?
Thanks in advance,