Client has to record their customer calls. A previous engineer setup a HP 2610 100Mbit switch with port 2 as the monitor port and 1, 3-48 as monitored ports. The ports are for PoE phones and the monitor port is so SIP traffic can be reassembled and recorded.
I would have used a gigabit uplink port for monitor, but that's just me...
Now, here's the rub. The phones have computers plugged into the phone switch port. There is no VLAN configuration, there is nothing that I see to prevent the computer traffic from hitting the monitor port also.
Describing to customer: To imaging this, think of an room with 47 doors and one special door. There is a “duplicator” in the middle. Calvin comes in, gets duplicated and goes out his exit of choice. The duplicate goes out the special exit. No problem.
Now there are cars lined up at all three entrances/exits to this intersection and they are being duplicated and sent on their way, except there is a line for the special exit.
My question is does this “block”, preventing any more traffic flow until it clears, or does it “drop”, allowing traffic to flow and the extra cars at the special exit are destroyed.
I want to recommend not connecting their computers through their phones, and instead home-runs to their access switch. Monitor only the VoIP phone ports.
And replace this ancient switch because I hate installing JRE6U45 to access old hardware.