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Industrial Ethernet switch integrates NAT feature

Posted: 02 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Rockwell Automation? Ethernet? switch? NAT?

Rockwell Automation recently introduced the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch. The company's latest switch includes an optional integrated Network Address Translation (NAT) feature.

The hardware-based NAT feature allows the simplified integration of IP-address mapping from a set of local, machine-level IP addresses to the end user's broader plant-process network. The Stratix 5700 switch NAT feature allows OEMs to deliver their standard machines to customers without having to program unique IP addresses into them. The end user can then use the NAT feature to more simply integrate the machines into the larger network.

The Stratix 5700 switch with NAT technology also allows users to have the flexibility to segment or isolate network traffic by determining which devices are exposed to the larger network. By limiting access to certain devices, they can be isolated from broader network traffic, which can help optimise the network performance at the local level.

The Stratix 5700 line of switches is currently available with six, 10 and 20 fixed-port configurations. The product includes features, such as IEEE-1588 time synchronisation, QoS (prioritisation) and Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP). Additional features also allow for increased network availability, and help improve network performance and troubleshooting-enhanced security. Each Stratix 5700 switch includes: dual-power inputs, input and output alarms, console port, fibre-ready SFP slots, DIN rail mount, and operating temperature range of minus 40C to 60C. Model options include NAT, two gig ports, SD flash card, conformal coating, and two different software configurations for a total of 20 different models to best match machine and end-user applications.

Datasheet for the Stratix 5700 switch can be downloaded here.





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