3Com Rolls Out LinkBuilder FMS 100

3Com Corp. this week will roll out a Fast Ethernet hub designed for networks still using older cabling.

LinkBuilder FMS 100 is a 12-port 100Base-T4 that offers an optional fiber or copper port to interconnect with another hub or switch.

The hub can be stacked up to eight high and managed as a single unit.

Unlike most Fast Ethernet devices that require expensive Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair cabling, 100Base-T4 can run on existing Category 3, 4 or 5 wire.

Fourth-quarter sales showed 3Com's market share is now roughly three times larger than that of the next closest competitor in the 100M-bits-per- second Ethernet hub market, according the Dell'Oro Group, a consultancy in Menlo Park, California.

Pricing for the hub starts at US$199 per port and will ship in June.

Along with the new hub, 3Com unveiled its Fast EtherLink 10/100Base-T4 PCI adapter card.

The new card provides autosensing between 10M and 100M-bits-per-second connections and bus mastering.

The card sells for $159 and is available now.

3Com also will display at the show its AccessBuilder 7000, a 16-slot chassis that supports multiple analog, ISDN and WAN modules for LAN-to-LAN connectivity.

The device is designed to make it easier to build secure intranets and remote access networks, and is targeted at Internet service providers.

3Com: +1 (408) 764-5000.

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