Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

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PoE support and ease of management for small and medium sized organisations that are seeking to upgrade their out-of-date networks and want to protect their investments as they add functionality to support their growing businesses.”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>

Most Popular

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender’s best-in-class security solutions have been awarded Product of the Year. Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust!

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?