New switch from 3Com

3Com has introduced a highly intelligent, self-learning network system called the 3Com Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  December 22, 2004

The new web-configurable switch offers unique levels of network control and enables small-and-medium business (SMB) customers to take advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 3Com’s prioritization technology for Internet Telephony (IP) telephony in smaller businesses. Combining the Baseline 2226-PWR Plus with the new 3Com NBX V3000 platform, which is the newest element of the 3Com Convergence Applications Suite, is ideally suited for creating converged, small business networks without complexity. This new 3Com Baseline Plus switch is the industry’s first self-learning “smart” switch to be optimized for the SMB market – meaning that it is the first to have the combination of easy-to-use, web-configurable management features, automated Quality of Service (QoS) for voice prioritization, flexible media Gigabit uplinks and other enterprise-class features along with PoE on all 24 10/100 ports and at an affordable price acceptable in this market. The switch also supports PoE-enabled wireless LAN access points for small businesses to go wireless more easily. Essentially, the switch is needed in order to create the network infrastructure – the foundation for 21st century communications - that supports IP telephony applications and other business applications. The Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus is the latest addition to the Baseline Plus Switch family, a unique, web-configurable, enterprise-class family of 10/100 and Gigabit switches, priced and feature-optimized for small-and-medium businesses. “While the competition is stuck in the tactical mode of developing ‘off-the-shelf’ products, we continue to develop business unique enterprise-class systems for small-and-medium businesses by leveraging our years of experience in IP telephony and Power over Ethernet,” says Neal Kaufman, senior director of small business product management, 3Com. “Customers can use new converged business applications for productivity gains, as well as lower the costs of small business telephony. SMB networks are advancing, especially becoming more intelligent while remaining easier to use. We are at the forefront of it with new 3Com solutions.” “This is an ideal solution for small- and medium-sized businesses in the Middle East, providing them with high-level functionality and access to a range of cutting-edge networking solutions such as Internet Telephony and Power over Ethernet,” says Wael Fakharany, regional manager at 3Com Middle East. As a networking pioneer and leader, 3Com has deployed hundreds of thousands of PoE ports, and has been a leader in IP telephony for years. This wealth of engineering experience allows 3Com to take superior switching solutions that are traditionally offered to large enterprises and shape them for small-and-medium sized companies. 3Com has one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry for the SMB market, spanning across unmanaged and managed LAN switching, IP telephony, security, network management, routers and wireless.

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