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3Com delivers industry’s first unified switch for small and medium businesses

  • 05 October, 2006 00:00

<p>3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today announced the industry’s first unified switch for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that converges wired and wireless networking functionality and includes Power over Ethernet (PoE) to support Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony on a single platform. The 3Com® Unified Gigabit Wireless PoE Switch 24 is an easy to deploy and manage solution that is cost-effective and designed for SMBs that want all of the elements of a business-class network, as well as a platform for delivering advanced communications solutions such as wireless and VoIP, in one box.</p>
<p>Purpose-built for organisations with five to 250 users, the 3Com Unified Switch for SMBs enables organisations to manage all critical networking functions as one device because they are all integrated in a single unit. 3Com designed the switch to deliver upfront and ongoing cost savings when compared to competitive solutions that don’t offer the same level of functionality in one box, or are not seamlessly integrated. The switch is ideal for SMBs that have limited resources dedicated to managing and upgrading their network.</p>
<p>“3Com has delivered the first, Gigabit-class unified switching solution for the SMB market that we’ve tested,” said Kevin Tolly, president, the Tolly Group. “The Unified Switch proved in testing that it offers Gigabit-speed throughput, PoE support and ease of management for small and medium sized organisations that are seeking to upgrade their out-of-date networks and want to protect their investments as they add functionality to support their growing businesses.”</p>
<p>The 3Com Unified Switch for SMBs offers all of the wired and wireless functionality critical for a secure, convergence-ready SMB network, including:
-Full, Layer 2 line rate gigabit speeds with zero packet loss across all 24 ports;
-Full 802.3af Power over Ethernet support available on each of its 24 ports;
-Auto-voice VLAN capability;
-Wireless WPA2 security and AES encryption;
-Rogue wireless access point detection and mitigation;
-Wireless fast roaming and automatic load balancing across managed APs; and
-Support for emerging standards such as 802.11n</p>
<p>“Our partners and end users are constantly looking for differentiated solutions to help them compete effectively and operate efficiently. The convergence of wired and wireless voice and data communications and security enable new levels of interaction with customers, employees and business partners that fuel increased productivity and success,” said Matt Walmsley, 3Com Product Marketing Director, Asia Pacific Region. . “The 3Com Unified Switch for SMBs delivers unparalleled functionality to power a converged network. It is another proof point in 3Com’s commitment to delivering an end-to-end portfolio of secure, converged solutions for organisations of all sizes.”</p>
<p>Unique Access Point Strategy
Only 3Com delivers dual mode access points that are shipped as standalone APs but that can be converted to managed APs as the user grows its wireless infrastructure and wants to take advantage of a seamlessly managed wireless network. The 3Com AP7760 single radio 802.11a/b/g and AP8760 dual radio APs are easily converted from standalone to managed mode with the simple click of a button on the graphical user interface. By delivering the industry’s only purpose-built dual mode access points, which can be re-deployed as business requirements change, 3Com adds another level of investment protection for an organization’s expanding wireless needs.</p>
<p>The 3Com Unified Switch for SMBs can be fully-managed via a Web interface that features a simple five click set up wizard, or by the CLI, Telnet, Console and SNMP interfaces if desired. With full management capabilities, 3Com VARs can configure and deploy the switch as part of a managed solution for SMBs that want to outsource their network. By providing a single box solution, 3Com believes that both customers and VARs have the opportunity to realise cost savings when compared to solutions that require multiple boxes.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
The 3Com Unified Switch for SMBs is scheduled to be available globally from 3Com channel partners within 30 days at a list price of AUD $3,680. The 3Com Wireless 7760 11a/b/g PoE Access Point is currently available worldwide at a list price of AUD $333, and the 3Com Wireless 8760 Dual-Radio 11a/b/g PoE Access Point is currently available worldwide at a list price of AUD $534.</p>

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