3Com Expands Switch Line

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-07-02 Print this article Print

3Com this week rolled out two new managed switches and an addition to its unmanaged line.

3Com Corp. is continuing to expand its switch line this week with two new managed switches and an addition to its unmanaged line. 3Com, of Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday launched the SuperStack 3 Switch 4200 family aimed at enterprise workgroups, wiring closets and small business networks. It includes the SuperStack 3 Switch 4226T and the SuperStack 3 Switch 4250T.
Both of these Layer 2 stackable switches, available in mid-July, offer features such as link aggregation and support for 802.1Q VLAN tagging and 802.1p traffic prioritization. The 4226T is priced at $995, and the 4250T is priced at $1,995.
"We are offering the SuperStack 3 Switch 4200 for users looking for reliable, practical, high-performance 10/100 switches at affordable prices," said Kathy Rocha, a vice president and general manager in 3Coms Business Networks Company. The 4226T includes 24 10/100 ports and two 10/100/1000 downlink ports while the 4250T includes 48 10/100 ports and two 10/100/1000 downlink ports. The switches come with the 3Com Network Supervisor, the companys network management application, which graphically finds, maps and displays network links and IP devices. For businesses not needing network management features, 3Com is adding another switch to its unmanaged SuperStack 3 Baseline family. The new switch has 48 10/100 ports and two 10/100/1000 ports and will be available in mid-August with a price of $1,195. It is suited for offices with a growing number of users and higher bandwidth requirements, officials said. Related Stories:
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    Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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