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  • Which POE switches?

    Which POE switches is everyone using now a days? If I have a GB switch with a Shoretel 230 connected and my workstation connected through the 230, will I be able to run at GB speeds or will the 230 slow the connection down to 100MB?

  • #2
    The IP565g and the IP230g are rated for 10/100/1000. The standard 230's are only rated 10/100 unfortunately.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jhloaded View Post
      The IP565g and the IP230g are rated for 10/100/1000. The standard 230's are only rated 10/100 unfortunately.

      I already know this. I'm asking will the 230 slow my PC down to 100MB or is the 230 just a connection point for the PC? I cannot test this myself as I currently do not have a GB POE but if my PC's can get GB speed while connecting through a Shoretel 230 IP phone then I may upgrade my POE switches.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Plumcrazy09 View Post
        I already know this. I'm asking will the 230 slow my PC down to 100MB or is the 230 just a connection point for the PC? I cannot test this myself as I currently do not have a GB POE but if my PC's can get GB speed while connecting through a Shoretel 230 IP phone then I may upgrade my POE switches.
        Unfortunately you have to purchase one of the gig phones in order to have gig at the desktop, either that or run seperate cabling - this is a large reason why we decided to go softphone only... $300 gig phone vs $70 softphone and everyone keeps gig and can work from anywhere...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mdmogren View Post
          Unfortunately you have to purchase one of the gig phones in order to have gig at the desktop, either that or run seperate cabling - this is a large reason why we decided to go softphone only... $300 gig phone vs $70 softphone and everyone keeps gig and can work from anywhere...
          Two about going the softphone route.

          1. You cannot apply QoS on the softphone.
          2. You should buy Professional Call Managers as the softphone comes bundled with it.

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          • #6
            Well that is a bummer that the 230 will bring down the desktop to 100MB. I was hoping it was just used to pass through the desktop connection and if I was connected to a GB POE that the desktop would run at 1GB and the phone at 100MB.

            Bummer!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Plumcrazy09 View Post
              Well that is a bummer that the 230 will bring down the desktop to 100MB. I was hoping it was just used to pass through the desktop connection and if I was connected to a GB POE that the desktop would run at 1GB and the phone at 100MB.

              Bummer!
              The IP Phone has a switch built in, so plugging your desktop into the back of an IP Phone is essentially plugging your desktop into a 10/100 switch. Don't think of it as a "pass through" device.

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              • #8
                No, ethernet does not work that way, It is a point-to-point connection, not a bus with multiple devices, so there has to be a switch inside the phones.

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                • #9
                  If you want to run Gig to the desktop, you have four options:

                  1. IP230G
                  2. IP560G
                  3. IP565G
                  4. Run a seperate drop to each PC instead of piggybacking off the phone.

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                  • #10
                    In answer to your first question.
                    My favourites are Extreme Networks and HP Procurve

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the replies. Since our equipment is only a year old, I don't think I can justify paying to upgrade or replace my 100MB equipment to GB right now, especially since we are a local gov't. (budget constrants). Wish I would of known that the stuff we bought was not GB at the time but guess thats my fault for not verifying it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jstewart View Post
                        Two about going the softphone route.

                        1. You cannot apply QoS on the softphone.

                        2. You should buy Professional Call Managers as the softphone comes bundled with it.
                        1 - Why can't I apply QoS? Can't I make my switch priortize voice packets over data?

                        2 - Doing it.

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