The 3Com NBX 100 Communications System merges telephony with
networking by delivering business telephone service over a data
To the phone user, the NBX telephone is a typical office telephone.
You can use it to make and receive calls, use speed dial buttons,
transfer calls, park calls, use voice mail, and so forth. Inside,
the NBX telephone is an Ethernet device, which can communicate
over the LAN using Ethernet frames or IP packets. (IP functionality
is an optional upgrade.) The phone also serves as an Ethernet
hub for your computer--you can connect your computer's network
interface card to your LAN through the phone.
The core of the system is the NBX 100 Network Call Processor
(NCP), one of the components that reside within the NBX 100 6-Slot
Chassis. The NCP manages the processes of making and receiving
calls, providing voice mail and automated attendant services,
and responding to requests for special services such as access
to the NBX NetSet Administration Utility, Computer Telephony Integration
(CTI) services, or the system's IMAP (Internet Message Access
The presence of a network operating system such as Windows
NT has no effect on NBX 100 voice traffic. NBX 100 voice traffic
continues without interruption if the network operating system
crashes or hangs. In fact, after the call processor completes
the processing required to connect two phones, the phones communicate
directly with each other, which means that if power to the call
processor should fail, existing conversations are unaffected.
The 3Com NBX 100 Communications System is designed to provide
the uptime reliability required in a business environment.