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Using VOIP phone switches

I am reconfiguring my office and currently have VOIP phones with power bricks.  The data cable goes thru the phone switch to the PC (gigabit),  therefore only one wire is needed to workstation.
Will I be better off running a separate wire for the PC and Phone and using a different POE switch for each at the closet, or will one wire with the phone switch be sufficient.?
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Tim Dawson
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Ken BooneNetwork ConsultantCommented:
2 wires means - more wiring and more switch ports and more patch cables!  The only advantage you get with 2 wires is if you have to reboot the phone - you take the PC offline for a moment - but that is it.  Just go with a single wire.  In my experience "most" installations are single wire.
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Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Cool, thanks.  Should I use POE or stick with bricks ?
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Ken BooneNetwork ConsultantCommented:
That really depends on your needs.  If you have a remote location with maybe a handful of phones then bricks would be fine, but if you have a number of phones it is so much nicer having POE.  You don't have to deal with making sure you have an outlet for the brick close the phone.  You don't have extra cables at the user's desk to get tangled up etc..  A POE switch will cost more than a POE switch, but bricks cost money too.  POE is a lot easier!
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Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Ok sound good.   Other than more cost for the POE switch itself,  will the POE switch draw much more power in the closet than non?  I'll need a 48 port.
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Ken BooneNetwork ConsultantCommented:
Yes it will generally draw more power in the closet than a non switch.  You can get these figures from the manufacturer's data sheets though if you need to know the power consumption.
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Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Perfect.  Thanks for all the valuable information. !
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