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Setting up Mitel VoIP phones with PC ports on different VLANs

Recently ran into a situation where we were taking over a office that had a single Ethernet run to each desk that we needed to provide new IP phone along with PC connectivity. Now I don’t really like doing this, multiple points of failure, more complicated config, etc but running new cabling was going to be cost prohibitive so I have to work with what I got.

The core switch was going to be a older Dell N3024p, the phones Mitel 5340. We use DHCP exclusively for the Mitels using Option 43 which there is already a good guide on setting up. The tricky part was getting the phone on one VLAN but the PC port on a different VLAN and not having to manually set anything up on the phones. So this is what we ended up doing.

For this network VLAN 10 was for users/computers (10.40.10.*) and VLAN 20 was for phones (10.40.20.*). The switch ports on the Dell were setup as “General” ports using the following config:

switchport mode general
switchport general pvid 10
switchport general allowed vlan add 10
switchport general allowed vlan add 20 tagged
switchport general allowed vlan remove 1
switchport voice vlan 20

So any packet arriving at the switch that was not tagged would be tagged VLAN 10. It also accepted tagged packets as long as they were from VLAN 20. After removing the default VLAN 1 nothing else would be accepted on the port. I also set VLAN 20 as voice traffic as the Dell switches have some QoS for voice that is enabled.

Now the tricky part. I want the phone to request DHCP but by default it’s going to start off on VLAN 10 since it’s traffic won’t be tagged at first. In comes Option 43. I add the manufacture specific DHCP option to the DHCP scope for the users subnet, 10.40.10.*, since that’s what the phone will first request on and I only put in enough for the phone to switch over to the phones vlan:


The phone gets this, sets itself to VLAN 20, and retries DHCP. Now the request is coming from the 10.40.20.* subnet which in DHCP has the full Option 43 string:


So now it gets the correct config from the correct subnet. And anything plugged into the PC port gets passed through untagged which gets put on the users subnet and pulls DHCP from there correctly.