3Com Switch Covers Basics

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-06-30 Print this article Print

3Com is answering Dell's entry into the network device market with the 3C1670108.

3Com is answering Dells entry into the network device market with the 3C1670108, an eight-port, unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet-capable OfficeConnect switch that shipped earlier this month. My brief test of the 3C1670108, which is priced at $150, shows the Dell-3Com switch fracas could get interesting.

The 3Com entry-level switches are best suited for budget-conscious small and midsize companies that dont need advanced configuration management.

The switch I looked at had one Gigabit Ethernet port for an uplink or to connect to a server and eight ports of 10/100M-bps Ethernet in a simple-to-connect device. Once installed, the switches are meant to be forgotten.

However, because the switches are unmanaged, IT managers must make sure they are used in low-security areas—there are few ways to implement security policy on the devices.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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