This week's Network World has a review that compares Cisco's 7200,
Bay's Backbone Concentrator Node and 3Com's NetBuilder II.
You can find a copy of the review, along with a summary of key
findings, a discussion of price and performance and a detailed
description of how we tested the units, on Network World Fusion
Reviewer Edwin Mier asked asked the three companies to submit high-end
boxes configured to concurrently support multiple dual FDDI ring and
100Base-T interfaces, as well as a bunch of Ethernet ports. For good
measure, he asked them to include a couple of serial and token-ring
ports (space on the backplane permitting) and their latest and
greatest management wares.
Mier found the Cisco and Bay routers superior to the 3Com unit.
Whether you use Cisco or Bay, though, depends on your preferences -
the Bay offers better throughput performance, but the Cisco model
comes with some more advanced features.
If you haven't used NWFusion, you'll have to register first, but it's
Online Editor, Network World