3Com launches new stackable switches

Networking vendor 3Com has announced its latest stackable Gigabit switches and appointed a new man to head up the company's operations in New Zealand.

Patrick Carson, formerly of Telecom NZ, joins 3Com as New Zealand country manager, and will be responsible for the commercial and consumer businesses - including broadband access, wireless LAN, and LAN telephony solutions as well as traditional networking equipment.

Meanwhile, the networking vendor has announced the availability of its new stackable switches designed to take a network into the Gigabit Ethernet range as part of its "radical simplicity" push.

The SuperStack II 3300 stackable switches now come with expansion modules claimed to make them 30 per cent cheaper than when purchased as separate entities.

The switches start at $152 per port for both 10/100 switching and the cost of migrating to Gigabit Ethernet. 3Com is banking on this lower pricing structure to enable businesses of any size to enter the high-speed networking arena.

Four new models are set to hit the street, including the 3300MM or 3300XM SuperStack IIs, giving simple 10/100Mbps bandwidth. For higher 1000Mbps bandwidth, there is the 3300TM (for copper cabling) or the 3300SM (for fibre cabling).

The switches include plug-and-play simplicity, redundant power supply, backwards compatibility with SuperStack II 1100/3300 switches and Simple Network Management Protocol.

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