3Com quadruples LAN connections with Network Jack

3Com is aiming to reduce the cabling headaches of enterprises with the introduction of its Network Jack NJ100 and NJ195 products.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 24, 2003

3Com is aiming to reduce the cabling headaches of enterprises with the introduction of its Network Jack products. The two models — NJ100 and NJ195 — enable users to quadruple their local area network (LAN) infrastructure connections without having to lay additional cabling.

According to the vendor, the jack offers a quick and easy to deploy solution for tackling the expanding number of users and peripherals that many enterprises are facing.

“The Network Jack helps to address a business’ needs because there is an increasing number of peripherals and functions on the desktop and therefore more ports are required,” says Stanislas de Boisset, network consultant, 3Com Middle East.

“The jacks easily convert one uplink into four, providing users with expandability, flexibility and ease of use. Additionally, IT managers gain control, reliability and stability,” he claims.

3Com also cites cost as a key factor for deploying the Network Jack. De Boisset claims that 3Com’s UK headquarters has made savings of over US$300 per desk, simply by downsizing from four cables to one. Typically, extending the LAN infrastructure requires additional cabling and possibly inconveniences to both users and IT personnel, however, the jack simply screws into existing wall plugs without the need for further cabling.

“As organisations grow, laying more cable to accommodate new users, office moves or additions can be prohibitively expensive,” says Wael Fakharany, regional manager, 3Com Middle East.

“With 3Com’s Network Jack organisations can substantially reduce the cost of cabling while increasing the number of active connections available to them... This solution allows for multiple connections per desktop, thus streamlining the cabling effort to deliver a reliable, high performance alternative at an affordable price,” he continues.

Although 3Com does concede that data speeds or power levels could suffer as a result of converting one port into four. The vendor argues that users will not necessarily use all four ports and that they will be used for a variety of peripherals and services, some of which do not necessitate uplinks.

“Users can also do local file sharing and this will not require the uplink. [Furthermore] administrators can use blocking to prevent too much power being drained if the jack is running four PCs,” explains de Boisset.

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