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3Com Switch 5500G-EI Competitive Performance and Feature Evaluation versus Cisco Systems Catalyst 3750G
09 January 2006
3Com Corp. commissioned The Tolly Group to measure the Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance of the 3Com Switch 5500G-EI 48-port switch in terms of frame/packet forwarding and percentage of frame/packet loss while handling line-rate traffic in various stack configurations. Additionally, to provide a ‘benchmark’ comparison, performance testing was done on both the 3Com Switch 5500G-EI and a comparably equipped Cisco Systems, Inc. Catalyst 3750G-48TS Gigabit Ethernet switch.
Tolly Group engineers also verified support for 19 enterprise-class features of the 3Com Switch 5500G-EI under the Tolly Verified certification program, including two Tolly First & Foremost distinctions.
As part of the feature testing, Tolly Group engineers evaluated the PoE-capable 3Com Switch 5500G-EI PWR 48-port switch for PoE support, such as the ability to power pre-standard Cisco IP phones (as these exist in many customer environments today). Engineers also tested the ability of the Switch 5500G-EI PWR to detect VoIP phones automatically and to place them dynamically into a voice VLAN, which can be configured to provide enhanced security and QoS for VoIP traffic.
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