3Com Launches New LAN Switch

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.

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