Santa Clara, California-based 3Com Corp has launched a new range of products specifically aimed at small office environments. The company believes that it has identified a new niche with the products since, until now, vendors have concentrated only on providing remote access offerings for small offices. Consequently, 3Com claims to have incorporated key attributes that […]
Santa Clara, California-based 3Com Corp has launched a new range of products specifically aimed at small office environments. The company believes that it has identified a new niche with the products since, until now, vendors have concentrated only on providing remote access offerings for small offices. Consequently, 3Com claims to have incorporated key attributes that small offices require – compactness, easy installation and ease of use. The new family, which is scheduled to start shipping over the coming months, is to be marketed under the name OfficeConnect and is being pitched at installations of 20 personal computer users or less. Its components are hubs, a print server, a facsimile server and – recognizing that inter-office communications is still an issue for these companies – remote communications offerings. There are three models in the OfficeConnect Hub family, each of which incorporates seven ports for 10Base-T communications to personal computers and an eighth which can either be used to connect to another hub (up to four can be connected in a series) or to an eighth personal computer. The base model – the 8TPO – costs $230, while the addition of a BNC 10Base-2 coaxial port for communications to other units and eight network utilization display units (model 8TPC), adds $50 to the price.
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At the top of the range, the 8TPM also incorporates Simple Network Management Protocol-based management functions (including full RMON support), Telnet support and full integration with 3Com’s Transcend management applications. It is to cost $750. 3Com also announced three ISDN bridge-routers as part of the family. At the bottom of the range, the Remote 510 features ISDN Basic Rate Support at speeds up to 128Kbps with ISDN channel aggregation; TCP/IP and IPX routing (and IPX session emulation); support for the Point-to-Point Protocol for wide area communications and Simple Network Management Protocol manageability. It is to cost $1,100. The Remote 520 has the same features, but adds the ability to use the same line for speech and facsimile communications – to this end, it features an RJ11 voice interface, alongside the 10Base-2 thin Ethernet and 10Base- T twisted pair support. It will cost $1,300. At the top of the range, the Remote 530 adds increased wide area support, through ISDN-only, leased line-only, or simultaneous ISDN and leased-line operation (X.21, V.24, and V.35 wide area network interfaces are supported). It is to cost $1,500. Finally, 3Com announced print and facsimile servers, which the company is buying in from Castelle Corp. The Print Server supports up to two shared printers and is to cost $400, while the Fax Server, incorporating a 14.4Kbps facsimile modem, will cost $1,700.