Pilot - Nortel VoIP phones connecting to Cisco 6500

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by keithdew, May 13, 2008.

  1. keithdew

    keithdew Guest

    We have been supporting Nortel VoIP trunk traffic (PBX to PBX w/VGMC)
    for several years now without any issues. We are now about to embark
    on our first VoIP to the desktop pilot using Nortel 1140/1150 handsets
    along with a CS1000E switch. We use all Cisco networking equipment in
    our infrastructure. This initial pilot will consist of several 6500E
    (sup32) closet switches utilizing WS-X6148A-GE-45AF (PoE) modules.

    I was wondering if anyone has any experience or know of any design
    guides that speak to how Nortel VoIP phones interact with Cisco
    switching equipment. There are a lot of considerations (i.e. PoE,
    voice VLAN, DHCP parms, QoS etc.) I don't have any prior Cisco VoIP
    phone experience but have heard of some caveats (i.e. CDP can't be
    used) between Nortel and Cisco when connecting IP phones.

    Any suggestions would be welcome
    keithdew, May 13, 2008
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  2. keithdew

    Trendkill Guest

    Not sure of any guide for this, but it should not be much different
    than your old configuration. CDP doesn't work since its proprietary,
    but the rest of your questions are architectural in nature. Separate
    voice from data vlans, use 'secondary vlans' on ports where a desktop
    will connect directly to the phone to ensure that phones are in one
    vlan, and anything daisy chained off goes in a voice vlan. You'll
    want to setup QoS (most likely using dscp) on the ports and through
    your routers for any WAN links that may be traversed, and there are
    plenty of guides out there for that kind of setup. Other than not
    supporting cdp, I don't see any difference from a layer 2/3 switch
    side in supporting any kind of voice over IP phone, since it is just
    another networked device.



    Configuring Voice VLANs
    Trendkill, May 13, 2008
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