Network and Access Ports


The back of the Cisco Unified IP Phones includes these ports:


Network Port

  • Labeled 10/100 SW on the 7962G, 7942G, 7961G, and 7941G
  • Labeled 10/100/1000 SW on the 7961G-GE and 7941G-GE


For the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7962G and 7942G, you can use either Category 3/5/5e cabling for

10-Mbps connections, but you must use Category 5 or 5e for 100 Mbps connections.


For the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7961G, 7961G-GE, 7941G, and 7941G-GE, you can use either Category 3 or 5 cabling for 10-Mbps connections, but you must use Category 5 for 100 and 1000 Mbps connections.


Access Port

  • Labeled 10/100 PC on the 7962G, 7942G, 7961G, and 7941G
  • Labeled 10/100/1000 PC on the 7961G-GE and 7941G-GE


Each port supports 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Mbps half- or full-duplex connections to external devices.


For the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7962G and 7942G, you can use either Category 3/5/5e cabling for

10-Mbps connections, but you must use Category 5 or 5e for 100 Mbps connections.


For the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7961G, 7961G-GE, 7941G, and 7941G-GE, you can use either Category 3 or 5 cabling for 10-Mbps connections, but you must use Category 5 for 100 and 1000 Mbps connections.


Use the SW network port to connect the phone to the network. You must use a straight-through cable on this port. The phone can also obtain inline power from a switch over this connection. See 
Cisco Unified IP Phone Powerfor details.


Use the PC access port to connect a network device, such as a computer, to the phone. You must use a straight-through cable on this port.