3Com Switch Covers Basics

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.