1992 - it was a very good year - for 3Com returning to its internetworking roots. First, they bought BICC in the UK, bringing valuable hub technology, then signed with Synernetics a tech agreement for the LinkBuilder 3GH hub, plus got rid of OEM’ing hubs from competitor Synoptics.
And by 1992, 3Com announced the NetBuilder II line of routers, aimed at products sold by Cisco Systems and Wellfleet, based on RISC/ASIC technology, leading to competitive price/performance. Eric Benhamou was well on his way to leading 3Com out of the desert. The full story is shared in our upcoming story of 3Com.