Switch port roles indicate the type of service that a connected device can receive. For example, a switch port will have the role Voice where the connected device provides Voice services. You would typically assign switch port roles when connecting and activating devices on the network.

You can assign a switch port role:

  • When you are setting up the devices in a space. For details describing how to access the floor port details, see Manage Floor ports.

  • When you are managing the switch details at your site. For details describing how to access the switch port details, see Manage switches.

Switch port roles

Switch port role


LAN only

For Local Area Network devices, such as printers, TVs, or the LAN port of Routers, Firewalls, or the Internet.

Public IP

For the WAN (Wide Area Network) port of a Router or Firewall that uses Public IP.


For a port with only a handset connected.

Voice, LAN

For ports where a printer or similar may need to be connected to the back of a handset.

Voice, LAN, Internet

For ports with a handset connected, and then a PC or Laptop connected to the handset. This is the most common port role.

Voice, Public IP

For ports where the WAN port of a firewall router uses Public IP, and may need to be connected to the back of a handset.

Reserved switch port roles

These roles are applied in response to an appropriate request to essensys.

Switch port role



For ports that connect to a Wireless Access Point.


For ports that are used to connect one switch to another switch in the comms room.

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