Data Switches are becoming more important with the convergence of voice, internet and data.
With the wide scale implementation of VoIP, data switches become even more important for a successful implementation of routing traffic. Clarus Communications can help in the implementation of data switches, ensuring you have a reliable telecommunications solution.
There are many factors to consider, when considering data switches for your network, but the most important aspects are:
Quality of Service – QoS One of the most important aspects of a data switch is Quality of Service (QoS). When your data switch has quality of service, it basically allows voice packet to have a higher importance on your LAN (Local Area Network) than your data packet. This ensures you have a high-quality voice experience with your VoIP implementation
PoE Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a term used when the data switch provides power to the phone equipment at each location. The advantage of having PoE ports on your data switch is so you do not have to provide a power brick for each location you have a handset. It is important to back up the switch as well to ensure phone service even if you have a power outage.
VLAN While there is a great deal of technical information around the term VLAN or Virtual LAN, it really just means that it segregates your voice and data traffic on a data switch. The reason to do this is to help improve the quality of service and experience of your voice connections.