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Dangers of global port tagging

We have dozens of switches around our sites. We use VLAN 3 for VoIP. It's becoming unmanageable tagging only those ports which have VoIP devices plugged into them as, invariably, the socket designation on the wall/patch panel unavoidably differs from the port number on the switch.

What are the dangers of simply tagging ALL ports with this VLAN, given that less than 10% of them will ever have a device plugged in which can make use of that traffic?

Thanks in advance.
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Thank you both.

We are predominantly using Netgear GS748TPS as edge switches. (I should have mentioned this is the question).

Our VoIP handsets contain gigabit switches allowing us to daisy-chain PCs where we are low on data sockets (which has happened in may places - some of our site is 1,100 years old with 4ft thick walls so only has the bar minimum data provision!) As such, I guess setting the port ID for the voice VLAN would preclude daisy-chained PCs picking up the default VLAN without some VLAN config on the PCs' NICs.

However, I take both points - we want to avoid issues with broadcasts, so need to limit the use of VLAN tagging to just the ports on which we need it; we also need to investigate auto-provisioning as this could be a solution to the admin overhead.
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