3Com Launches New LAN Switch

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-06-25 Print this article Print

The 3Com Switch 4050 provides more copper Gigabit ports but fewer fiber ports than does the 4060.

3Com Corp. this week launched a new LAN switch as it continues its push further back into core enterprise networking. The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced on Monday the 3Com Switch 4050, a Layer 2 and Layer 3 LAN core switch. It provides twice as many copper Gigabit ports than does 3Coms comparable core switch, the 4060, but twice as few fiber ports. The 4050 can support 12 autosensing 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, six fixed 1000BASE-SX ports and 6 GBIC ports.
The latest launch also will support 3Coms XRN (eXpandable Resilient Networking) technology announced in March that 3Com officials say connects multiple Gigabit Ethernet switches into a distributed core without a single point of failure.
The XRN Interconnect Kit to allow the building of the LAN cores ships later this year. The 4050 could be part of a distributed core with such switches as the 4060 and the SuperStack 3 Switch 4900 family, 3Com said. The Switch 4050 is due to be available in July and is priced at $15,995. 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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