3Com - Where Was 3Com?
When we looked at your email responding to our earlier Comdex reports, we saw that one question kept coming up: where was 3Com?. Well, 3Com is, in fact, at Comdex this year, and the company has a small display in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion. As you can see, they don't have a large presence at Comdex this year, which in many regards was unusual when compared to Comdex shows in the past. As far as we know, they didn't have a display at any of the hotels, either. We had trouble getting close enough to see what was going on because the booth was so small, but we do know that they announced the NJ100 series of new integrated network jacks/ switches. What the network jack/ switch allows you to do is cut your cabling cost by only running one cable into the jack, and then just running patch cables out of the NJ100, into the cubes. The NJ100 can support phone jacks as well and has some other additional bells and whistles that we are going to save for the review. 3Com has shipped the NJ100 to our labs for testing and we will be looking at it soon. We don't have a picture of the NJ100, because, in all of our attempts, we were not able to get close enough to the booth to get you one.