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Ethernet switch handles harsh industrial setups

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet? switch? industrial application?

From Sixtnet comes the EL228 industrial-managed Ethernet switch platform that combines the reliability, redundancy and ruggedness required for demanding industrial environments, with true enterprise-class networking capabilities.

By providing a broad range of high-end enterprise-class networking functionality, the EL228 delivers the capabilities required to enable a new generation of "smart" applications for industries such as power and energy, transportation, and oil and gas.

"There has been considerable hype in recent years around smart grid and intelligent transportation systems, but in reality most of these systems remain seriously constrained by limited networking capabilities," says Hilton Nicholson, president and CEO of Sixnet.

"The EL228 is the first Ethernet switch platform to provide the security, reliability and broad enterprise-class networking features that organizations in these markets require."

The platform also delivers the lowest total cost of ownership of any industrial Ethernet switch in its class claims the manufacturer.

It accomplishes this by providing 24 Fast Ethernet small form-factor pluggable (SFP) ports that are fully field-configurable. This enables customers to modify configurations as networking requirements change, thus eliminating the "forklift upgrades" required when using typical pre-configured industrial switches.

Additionally, The device reduces the need to inventory spare switches, since customers can dynamically configure the EL228's 28 ports (24 + 4G) to match the configuration of any switch in their network.

The Fast Ethernet SFP ports can be used for any mix of copper RJ45 or fibre transceivers. Other features include LEDs, power/ground connections, console ports and bracket positions on both the front and back of the switch.

Its rugged design and compliance with IEC 61850/IEEE1613 standards (KEMA approval imminent), makes the EL228 well suited for extreme environmental conditions, such as those found in the power generation and distribution industry, the transportation industry, and IP-based video security.

- Julien Happich
EE Times Europe

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