About 3com NBX
3Com Corporation was a telephone communications company that specialized in computer network infrastructure products. Founded in 1979 and based in Santa Clara, California, the company focused on ethernet technology and computer networking. 3Com was founded by Bruce Borden, Howard Charney, Robert Metcalfe and Greg Shaw. Products developed by the company included IP voice systems, wireless access points and controllers, network interface controllers and switches, and intrusion prevention systems. The company acquired H3C Technologies in 2007 and sold products under the 3Com, H3C and TippingPoint names around the world. Today, 3Com doesn’t operate as an entity. In 2010, Hewlett-Packard acquired the company.
3Com manufactured a wide range of private branch exchange (PBX) systems for small and medium-sized businesses. The 3Com NBX 100 was one of the most popular. Devised in 1998, the phone system supported up to 200 devices and 100 PSTN lines and connected remote workers with other employees via the internet. Users could also integrate other applications, such as customer relationship management tools, which helped them engage with their customers more effectively. The 3Com NBX 3102B was designed to enhance the quality of voice conversations. Other products manufactured by the company include modular switches, fully managed fixed switches, unmanaged switches, and web managed switches. Another product is 3Com Audrey, which was initially released in 2000. This internet appliance played audio files and synchronized with other devices. The product was discontinued in 2001.
3Com had won a number of accolades before it became part of Hewlett-Packard. The company received the award for “Most Innovative IBM System” at the IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards in 2007. In 2003, 3Com’s embedded firewall was named the “Best New Security Solution” by SC Magazine. That same year, the company won three awards at the Asia Computer Weekly Readers`Choice Poll.