3Com unveils Ethernet networking solution

3Com Corporation has unveiled a comprehensive suite of Power over Ethernet networking equipment based on the IEEE P802.af draft specification.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 24, 2003

3Com Corporation has unveiled a comprehensive suite of Power over Ethernet networking equipment based on the IEEE P802.af draft specification. The solution includes a Power over Ethernet (PoE)-enabled switch, new NBX IP telephones and wireless LAN access points alongwith 3Com’s Network Jack family.

The deployment of any combination of these products will enable the intelligent detection of powered devices, centralised management and enhanced availability network managers. These functions combined with standards-based power will enable customers to seamlessly integrate with any other IEEE P802.af compliant product, thereby cutting down on total cost of ownership.

“3Com has taken a corporate-wide, integrated approach to Power over Ethernet so that customers receive plug-and-play compatibility while at the same time significantly lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their networks,” says Dave Zwicker, vice president of marketing, 3Com.

At the heart of this power-enabled approach to building networks is a new SuperStack 3 Switch 4400 PWR, which offers customers the combination of a cost-effective power source, based on IEEE P802.af, with 3Com’s 10/100 switch. The SuperStack 3 Switch 4400 PWR is a 24-port 10/100 in-line Power over Ethernet switch, delivering high-performance Ethernet switching with a variety of Gigabit uplink options, resilient, hot-swappable stacking and stack-wide link aggregation to enhance backbone performance and ensure network resiliency.

“Customer concerns about extra cabling, multiple back-up systems, space limitations, high cost, and proprietary products are eliminated when a standards-based PoE solution is implemented in a business, a school or a governmental organization. 3Com has eliminated another potential barrier to installing IP telephones and wireless LAN access points.”

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