January is always a depressing time, the start of a new year combined with miserable cold weather but fear not because there is always the networking weekly round-up of news to keep your cockles warm. Speaking of which:

3Com loves PoE wireless
3Com is expanding its voice-data-wireless capability with a 108Mbit/s wireless access point that supports Power over Ethernet (PoE). The $199 OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point ties in with other recently announced PoE devices, chiefly the Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus and the NBX V3000 IP telephony system.

"We are giving small and medium-sized customers the best of all converging worlds - wireless, telephony and data, while PoE eliminates the need for a power plug at each access point or phone," said product director Neal Kaufman. Security features include 802.1X, AES and WPA, while it also supports multiple SSIDs, 802.1Q VLANs and rogue access point detection.

Targeting the network abuser
Cymphonix has introduced version 5 of its Bandwidth Composer performance management software. The software runs on its bandwidth management appliances, which the company claims can manage and prioritise network traffic at the packet level.

It has added a number of features in version 5, such as alerts to warn managers of policy breaches, more precise monitoring and user prioritisation, plsu the ability to manage extra applications including instant messaging, remote desktop software and streaming media.

Map applications and resources
Collation has upgraded its application resource mapping software, which it says can now handle larger customer networks and share data across multiple management domains. Confignia 3.0 helps IT managers map the databases, switches, routers, load balancers, Web and application servers.

The software records configurations and relationships, and tracks changes made. It runs on a Solaris server and uses standard protocols to query devices and servers. Collation has now upgraded it to share data either among multiple Confignia servers, so different applications can be monitored by different servers, or with third-party and custom applications.

Version 3 also adds support for .Net, J2EE, and custom platforms, and runs on all major Windows, Unix, and Linux platforms. Pricing starts at $100,000.