3Com touts baseline switch for SMBs

3Com has launched what it claims is the first convergence-ready Power over Ethernet (PoE) network switch for SMBs.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  December 29, 2004

3Com has launched what it claims is the first convergence-ready Power over Ethernet (PoE) network switch for SMBs. 3Com’s new Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus enables small-and-medium business (SMB) customers to take advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 3Com’s prioritisation technology for Internet Telephony (IP). 3Com claims the new device is the industry’s first self-learning ‘smart’ switch to be optimised for SMBs, meaning it offers a full combination of web-configurable management features, automated Quality of Service (QoS) for voice prioritisation, flexible media Gigabit uplinks and other enterprise-class features, along with PoE on all 24 10/100 ports and all at an affordable price, of $1,295. The switch also supports PoE-enabled wireless LAN access points, making it easier for small firms to go wireless. “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,” said Wael Fakharany, regional manager at 3Com Middle East. Power over Ethernet technology can give managers more control over the powering of network-connected devices. IT managers can also reduce the cost of rewiring, especially as smaller businesses continue to become increasingly mobile and use more business tool devices.

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