So far I have been pretty pleased with the UC500 system as an affordable entry level phone system which competes very well with equivalent systems like the Mitel 3300CX.]]>
Essentially Cisco phones use CDP to discover their voice vlan. HP procurve phone’s use LLDP to accomplish the same goals. Now apparently this works fine with the Cisco 79XX model phones which are there Enterprise class phones.
However I was trying it with the Small Business line 500 series phones and it does not work. According to the article you need to manually disable CDP on the phones to make this work. The other alternative (which is what I did) is manually input the voice VLAN into the phone.
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Here is a good article about that:
Working at a consulting company that is a Cisco partner and has a large focus on small business I find that there are a lot of great Cisco products in the price range my client’s look for.
The ASA 5505 for example is a great little firewall with a lot of good features and price was is right on the mark and often cheaper then equivalent Watchguard and Sonicwall products. As well the UC500 Integrated services voip router is a great solution for a small business who wants a voice solution with a reasonable cost, particularly if they need a primary router/firewall and/or small wireless solution in any case.]]>