Network Monitoring using IP Phones

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Feb 26th, 2007

Is there a service, or Cisco product that allows for the gathering of network performance information that is being collected by the 79xx phones? They have a lot of information and it is a shame that I cant harness them as real time network monitors?

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Paolo Bevilacqua Mon, 02/26/2007 - 14:43

Well, a network monitor is a lot more than an ethernet telephone. Now, if you like the idea that a networks managment application uses a telephone screen to present information, nothing prevents that, the code shall presumably written by an application development partner.

sparklemotion Mon, 02/26/2007 - 14:58

I?m not looking to read network performance information off the phones LCD display. I?m wanting to use the large number of Cisco 7960s and 7940s and their ability to gather network statistics, to be able to collect that information and use it for determining the networks general health. I am able to receive Unicast, Multicast and Broadcast packet information as well as information on collision and packet size for both the phone and a connected computer. I am wondering if There is Cisco or third party program that polls this information from each phone and allows analysis of the data.

Paolo Bevilacqua Mon, 02/26/2007 - 15:47

Actually, the very same information (packet counters) are available on the switch itself on a per-port, per-vlan basis, in a centralized location. The only thing the phone would be able to add, is counter for drops (if any) that are occoring between the phone and the attached PC. All in all, I do not see much of advantage in that.

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