Seeking to provide advanced network services such as Voice over Internet Protocol telephony to small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and schools, Cisco unveiled a line of lower priced, smaller scale local area network hardware on Tuesday.

Some of the new switches include as few as eight ports and are geared to smaller network environments, such as schools, the companies said.

The Catalyst products include improved security, support wireless networks, VoIP and lower network operating costs, the company added. An 8-port switch is designed for remote deployment in classrooms or conference rooms.

Among new customers cited for the equipment is Wake County schools, which is using Cisco equipment for an end-to-end networking solution, including wireless and VoIP options.

For information on the new options see: www.cisco.com/go/smg-switching