3Com has announced the launch of a new range of managed Gigabit switches that deliver enterprise-class performance and features at SMB prices.

Ankcorn Fernihough, Senior Systems Engineer for 3Com South Africa, says that the 3Com Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family and 3Com OfficeConnect Managed Gigabit PoE Switch deliver voice-ready Layer 2 enterprise-class Gigabit switching with Power over Ethernet (PoE), allowing devices to be powered and network-connected using a single Ethernet cable.
“These devices also have advanced features for network control, flexibility and comprehensive security capabilities, all optimised for small and medium-sized businesses,” he adds. “The new products are the latest example of 3Com’s Secure Converged Networks strategy, where a single converged architecture provides the organisation with effective and intelligent management of all voice, video and data traffic over one secure network.”
Fernihough explains that the 2900 range of products has been designed for out-of-the-box operation, allowing businesses to implement the switches themselves without necessarily requiring a third-party or dedicated in-house IT skills.
3Com also provides exclusive functionality to the range called ‘Auto-voice VLAN’ to automatically detect and connect any standards-based Internet Protocol (IP) phones to the network.
“The voice offering is enhanced with Quality-of-Service prioritisation so that voice calls always have sufficient bandwidth to ensure clarity,” continues Fernihough “And fast, Gigabit Ethernet performance means that high-bandwidth applications such as video, IP security and the likes of ERP and CRM applications are serviced with the highest available network speeds.”
The Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family of rack-mountable switches is available in 16, 24 and 48-port models. Each switch also has four dual-purpose ports configurable as SFP-based fiber or standard copper to connect to high-performance computers, servers or network backbones.
The OfficeConnect managed Gigabit PoE Switch is noiseless and compact, making it suitable for desktop deployment. It is an ideal solution for small businesses looking to deploy voice over IP (VoIP) and wireless capabilities. The OfficeConnect switch has ten PoE-enabled 10/100/1000 ports and a dual-purpose Gigabit port for connecting to high-performance computers, servers or network backbones.
“3Com believes that the 2900 range of switches provides solid value for small to medium sized businesses in South Africa and remains committed to developing solutions that bring enterprise-class technology within the reach of smaller organisations,” concludes Fernihough.