3Com has introduced new managed Gigabit switches that deliver large-enterprise performance and features at small-business prices.
The new 3Com Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family and 3Com OfficeConnect Managed Gigabit PoE Switch deliver voice-ready Layer 2 enterprise-class Gigabit switching with Power over Ethernet (PoE), advanced features for network control and flexibility and comprehensive security capabilities, all optimised for small and medium-sized businesses. The new products are the latest examples of 3Com’s Secure Converged Networks strategy, where a single converged architecture enables all voice, video and data traffic to be managed effectively and intelligently over one secure network.
The Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family
The Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family of rack-mountable switches is available in 16-, 24- and 48-port models. A 24-port PoE version delivers data and power over the same cabling and powers devices such as IP phones, wireless access points and Web cameras. Each switch also has four dual-purpose ports configurable as SFP-based fiber or standard copper to connect to high-performance computers, servers or network backbones.
“The Baseline Switch 2900 is another exceptional product from 3Com,” said Tim Ormrod, IT manager for Discover Leisure plc. “It’s a good, solid, full-functioned switch – reliable, easy to configure and simple to use – at a good price point. It fits together perfectly with the voice-enabled network we are deploying at Discover Leisure. For our business, prioritising and tracking voice traffic is an absolute must, and the 2900’s VLANs were extremely straight-forward to set up. In addition, I firmly believe that Power over Ethernet is the way to go, so the 2900 is perfect for our converged network.”
The OfficeConnect Managed Gigabit PoE Switch
The OfficeConnect managed Gigabit PoE Switch is noiseless and compact, making it suitable for desktop deployment. It is ideal for small businesses looking to deploy voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and wireless capabilities into their networks. The OfficeConnect switch has 10 Power-over-Ethernet-enabled 10/100/1000 ports and a dual-purpose Gigabit port for connecting to high-performance computers, servers or network backbones. The switch’s PoE capabilities provide power to a wide variety of attached devices using a single Ethernet cable, making it inexpensive to install and easy to manage.