A further word to the OP, 3com have been bought out by HP completely, so whilst you can probably still get hold of later 3com kit it will more than likely be going EoL soon whilst HP finish asymilating 3com. At least with 3com they were still making access points for their managed controllers several years after they were released, so it's not suprising all our kit is now EoL following HP's buyout, with no easy migration option. HP's product lifecycle is rediculously short as well.
So it looks like your choices are either HP or Netgear :)
It's the other way around. HP bought 3com because their kit is good and their O/S is better, much of the 3com kit remains at the expense of procurves..
discontinued Networking - HP Small & Medium Business products
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Oops_my_bad, what size school/establishment do work for? And, do you utilise any other switching hardware, alongside the Netgear core? Thanks, Rob
Talking about Netgear. Pricing is really nice. I do like their new 30 year warranty and I used it many time. I had some GS724T V1 with defective fans. The whole switch was replaced by a new one. This was GS724T version 3. The software was completely new, meaning the switch hardware was completely different. And here is the disadvantage of Netgear products. Netgear buys its switches from different hardware makers. You don´t know what you really get as Netgear seems not to build those devices on its own.