I am being told by our technical staff that we configure the expansion port/smartport on the ESW switches as "access point" when connecting other switches to it.
It was explained to me that if we connect a nonCisco switch to the ESW, we do this so it will pass CDP and all traffic back and forth without shutting the port down for any reason. We also do this when connecting Cisco or Linksys switches to the ESW as we have seen the SPA5xx handsets get their IP's from the data network instead of the voice network unless that exp port/smartport is set as an access point.
Is anyone else experiencing these same scenarios? Are we missing something? Is there a better way to do this or is this the Cisco recommended set up- make the port an access point?