3Com Brings Switching Intelligence to the Cubicle
This week 3Com Corp. is launching what it calls a new product category a network jack to bring switching functions closer to the desktop and reduce the cost of wiring.With the proliferation of networking devices at the office, corporate cubicle denizen are looking for ever more connectivity, costing enterprises hefty sums in wiring and occasionally hefty networking headaches when the denizen try to establish new creative connections on their own. This week 3Com Corp. is launching what it calls a new product category a network jack to bring switching functions closer to the desktop and reduce the cost of wiring. "A lot of end users, when they run out of connectivity at the desktop, theyll kind of take matters into their own hands," Trey Wafer, product manager at 3Com, said. "[The network jack] is the result of the balance between what IT managers need to do in the network and what end users want to do in their individual cubes."
The NJ100 Network Jack replaces a standard Ethernet wall jack and provides four unmanaged switch ports, giving end users more access to the LAN and simultaneously giving IT managers more control over the access. The jack includes voice -over-IP and power over Ethernet connections, and optional ports support legacy voice connections as well. The network jack fits into a standard wall cutout and connects, via a single cable, to the LAN switch in the wiring closet.