Seems like a rudimentary question, but I'd like to use an "old" HP Procurve 2610 10/100 switch to provide POE connectivity to a new batch of ~25 deskphones. It appears as though a generic bandwidth requirement is about 100 kbps for each phone/line. Thus, it seems like I should only require ~ 2.5 mbps for all my deskphones to make calls concurrently.

Is there any reason to think about using a gigabit POE switch for voice connectivity or should I expect the following solution to work well for such a small office?

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    – Ron Maupin
    Aug 7 '17 at 22:35

If only phones are connected to the switch, you should be fine. If you also have PCs connected in tandem (switch<->phone<->PC), then you need to worry about QoS capabilities on the switch.

  • I have dedicated CAT5e cables to each office/desk already that are separate from the cable used for data. Dec 8 '16 at 20:01

A 10/100 switch should suffice from a bandwidth perspective. But I would recommend considering a Gigabit switch for it's full duplex capabilities if your existing 10/100 (FastEthernet) switch is only capable of half duplex.

  • 2
    Switches are full duplex. It is hubs which must be half duplex.
    – Ron Maupin
    Dec 9 '16 at 15:55

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