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Cat 500 with VOIP?

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Dec 20th, 2006
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We're running Callmanager Express with voice & data VLANs and QOS. I need to connect a small outbuilding with fiber, it will have 2 phones and 2 computers in it. Can I get away with a Catalyst 500 Express layer 2 switch in that building to handle their needs? All the inter VLAN routing is done by the router in the main building. I just haven't used the 500 series and wanted to be sure they'll meet our very basic needs.


Perhaps we'd be better off with one of the 2940s that has a built in SFP?


Thanks...

Correct Answer by k.poplitz about 10 years 7 months ago

Two models of Catalyst Express 500 support SFP ports (WS-CE500-24LC, and WS-CE500G-12TC). I suggest you can go for the 24LC models as it also has PoE ports which will be very useful when using IP Phones. Exp 500 supports only GUI for configuration. You can refer to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6545/products_configuration_example09186a00806da6c9.shtml for configuring the Exp 500 switch.

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k.poplitz Thu, 12/28/2006 - 06:31
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Two models of Catalyst Express 500 support SFP ports (WS-CE500-24LC, and WS-CE500G-12TC). I suggest you can go for the 24LC models as it also has PoE ports which will be very useful when using IP Phones. Exp 500 supports only GUI for configuration. You can refer to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6545/products_configuration_example09186a00806da6c9.shtml for configuring the Exp 500 switch.

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