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3Com Simplifies Deployment of Wireless Mobility at Branch and Remote Office Sites; Investment Protection of Wired and Wireless Assets Increase Value Proposition for Enterprise Customers Advancing their Networks with 3Com
[September 26, 2005]

3Com Simplifies Deployment of Wireless Mobility at Branch and Remote Office Sites; Investment Protection of Wired and Wireless Assets Increase Value Proposition for Enterprise Customers Advancing their Networks with 3Com

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 26, 2005 -- 3Com Corporation today announced a new enterprise-class wireless mobility solution that simplifies the complexity of deploying secure wireless connectivity at branch and remote offices. The new solution, which features a wireless switch and managed access points, enables business users with laptop computers to securely access information databases, e-mail and the Internet with the speed and efficiency needed for a mobile workforce.

Enterprises with branch offices, as well as schools, universities, healthcare institutions and government-run public access locations, can use the 3Com(R) branch office wireless products to continue evolving their networks on the path to unified wired/wireless networks with superior security and RF (radio frequency) management. Today, 3Com delivers secure converged solutions that integrate an advanced form of secure wireless roaming, rogue detection and RF management technology into existing wired networks without disruption.

"3Com is one of the very few major vendors that can supply both wired and wireless products for enterprise customers to advance their networks," said Aaron Vance, Senior Analyst, Synergy Research Group. "The combination of wireless and wired networks, coupled with strong security and convergence applications, will become increasingly important to enterprises of all sizes, as these technologies continue to become more prominent in the workplace."

As a company, 3Com is committed to delivering open standards-based solutions. Consistent with this approach, 3Com's wireless solutions, which can scale to support tens of thousands of users worldwide, provide multi-vendor access point support and integration into a wireless mobility domain. Specifically, 3Com's wireless switch system supports models of Cisco access points and Proxim access points. This approach is beneficial for customers, who can now leverage their existing access points from these other vendors and want to re-deploy them as part of a wireless switching system.

"We help enterprise customers maintain investment protection, which is a key benefit of open standards-based support," said Rohit Mehra, director of enterprise wireless at 3Com. "We develop our wireless solutions along the lines of converging telephony and security over wireless and wired networks. By extending our wireless switch-based mobility systems to branch and remote offices, we are giving customers the benefits of wireless switching similar to the wireless capabilities of a headquarters office, yet without the higher cost or higher degree of complexity."

The new products that are the cornerstone of the branch / remote office solution are the following: -0- *T 3Com WXR100 Remote Office Wireless LAN Switch -- The WXR100 wireless switch has a Web Quick Start function that allows small office installations to be up and running without needing more complex configuration tools often needed with other vendors' products. It supports one to three managed access points per site and can be "drop-shipped" to branch offices or remote sites with no pre-configuration needed. The product also provides quality of service for delay-sensitive IP traffic through WiFi Multi-media (WMM), offers Power over Ethernet (PoE) and provides secure remote administration from centralized IT administration via the Wireless Switch Manager application at the central site. The result: IT staff can control wireless across the geographically distributed enterprise. 3Com Wireless LAN Managed Access Point 3750 -- The MAP 3750 is a dual-radio managed access point - also known as a "fit" access point - that supports 802.11a and 802.11b/g simultaneously with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) security - one of the highest degrees of wireless encryption security. Supporting redundant Ethernet ports in a unique "smoke detector-style" design, the MAP 3750 joins 3Com's line of enterprise access points, including the 2750, 7250, 8250 and 8750 models, as well as 3Com's wireless PC cards and building-to-building wireless bridges. *T

Pricing and Availability

The 3Com WXR100 Remote Office Wireless LAN Switch is priced at $999 (US list price) and is now available. The 3Com Wireless LAN Managed Access Point 3750 is priced at $499 (US list price) and is now available.

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. For further information, please visit, or the press site

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