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We tested the Baseline Switch 2924 PWR Plus model, which comes in a 1U rack-mountable form factor with 24 ports. Of particular interest is the auto-voice virtual LAN functionality. This feature is billed as able to detect VoIP devices and auto-assign the port to which the phones connect with a VoIP-only VLAN. This allows switch admins to not only keep data and voice traffic on separate broadcast domains, but also apply quality-of-service settings to VoIP traffic easily, at the VLAN level.
We were likewise happy with the PoE capability, which provides up to 180 watts of power across 24 ports. Setup was painless, and the Web interface, which happily supports the Safari browser, is clean, logically organized, and easy to use. When we ran into unfamiliar features, the complete, well-organized help files quickly cleared up our confusion. We're duly impressed with 3Com's affordable new switch line and excited to see emerging voice technologies built right in.