3Com claims its super-switch, which is targeting medium to large businesses, also offers firewall, anti-virus, content-filtering and intrusion detection.
However, the 3Com Security Switch 6200 is not cheap, carrying a price tag of $25,000.
“The 6200 delivers a cost-effective, no-compromise enterprise security solution that combines proven security applications into an integrated security services switch platform,” claimed 3Com's security director Michael Homeier.
The switch itself is one of the first to come from an alliance between 3Com and security company Crossbeam Systems announced last November.
At the time, 3Com VP Anik Bose explained 3Com's new focus on security, claiming that businesses "don't want a lot of different boxes lying around" and would pay for an all-in-one package.
Rival Cisco Systems already adds some security in its Catalyst switches, but 3Com's 6200 offers much more than anything Cisco has on the market at present.
Kieren McCarthy writes for Techworld.com