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PoE Industrial Switches: All About Industrial PoE Switches and Industrial PoE Ethernet Switch solutions

What is an Industrial Power-over-Ethernet switch (PoE switch)? A PoE switch is an Ethernet switch that transmits electrical power over the same cable that carries data. When other network devices are connected to the switch, it detects which ones are PoE-compatible and automatically enables PoE power transmission to those network endpoints. When PoE switches are designed for use in harsh or extreme environmental conditions, such as industrial automation, military, marine, mining, oil-and-gas, or railway applications, the device may be called a PoE industrial switch, or industrial PoE switches. An industrial-grade design may provide resistance to moisture, dust, dirt, oil, or other foreign substance that might otherwise damage the equipment. PoE switches that feature industrial-grade design may be called a managed PoE switch or an unmanaged PoE switch.

Industrial Grade Design

The electronic components within an integrated printed circuit board (PCB) are not designed for harsh conditions, so they may be prone to overheating when installed in locations without environmental and temperature controls. Similarly if the switch was designed using connectors not rated for these conditions, proper contact between device and cables may fail. To prevent such failure, every component used in industrial temperature switches must be designed and tested to handle extended operating temperatures and other harsh environmental conditions. An Industrial grade switch may be designed for mounting on a DIN rail‐a standard metal rail commonly used for mounting industrial control equipment. Such a device may be called a DIN rail PoE Ethernet switch or simply DIN rail PoE switch. The term DIN Rail refers to the German standards body, Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN), which published the original specifications. The specification was later adopted as European (EN) and international (IEC) standards. Industrial PoE Ethernet switches are often designed in conformance with Ingress Protection Code (IP code) IP30 or IP67 standards.

Benefits of PoE Switches

PoE, sometimes referred to as "inline power", significantly reduces the number of wires that must be strung to install a network. An industrial PoE Gigabit Ethernet Switch can deliver high-speed voice and data transmission while powering endpoint devices over long distances. By eliminating the need for external power supplies, additional electrical wiring, power outlets, and so on, a Power-over-Ethernet switch saves on installation and maintenance costs. Additional advantages include faster overall project installation, greater flexibility for the location of installed equipment, less downtime, lower wiring costs, and lower power costs.

Application Environments

Patton's FiberPlex and Connect-IT PoE industrial Ethernet switches are designed for use in such demanding environments as an industrial automation network or an industrial control system. You may find a FiberPlex industrial-grade PoE network switch deployed in such applications as railways, water treatment, substation automation, roads and tunnels, as well as factory automation, IP surveillance, building automation systems (BAS), and building management systems (BMS).


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Industrial Switch 10-Port Power-over-Ethernet

PoE industrial switches: 10-Port Power-over-Ethernet industrial PoE Ethernet switch | FiberPlex FP1008E/AT PoE switches. Made in USA
FiberPlex FP1008E/AT
This Layer 2 switch features rugged industrial design. The 10-port gigabit PoE switch delivers up to 30W of power to PoE+ enabled endpoints. To ensure operation in harsh environments the FP1008EAT provides additional EFT and ESD protection that prevents unregulated voltage or harmful transients. The FP1008AT PoE industrial switch is a DIN rail Ethernet switch with wall-mount option that features an operating temperature rating of 40 to 167˚ F (-40 to 75˚C).

Industrial Switch Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE Switch

Gigabit PoE Switches: Managed Industrial PoE Switch | FiberPlex FP2008E/AT PoE Switch. Made in USA
FiberPlex FP2008E/AT
Housed in a sturdy IP30-rated DIN-rail enclosure with wall mount options, the FP2008EAT managed Industrial Gigabit PoE Switch provides up to 30W of PoE+ to PoE+ enabled endpoints and two Gigabit SFP+ slots that can be used for fiber trunk connections. This fully-manageable Layer 2 PoE+ switch is a Gigabit Ethernet switch that comes pre-loaded with a user-friendly web management console design.

Teach Me: How does a PoE Industrial Switch Work?

The Ethernet switch serves as the system core or brain for an industrial Ethernet network or industrial automation device network. The Industrial switch brings the added value of delivering power to connected devices combined with the ability to operate in harsh environments. Since 2003, the PoE (IEEE 802.3af) and PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) standards have been conveniently used to power and connect network devices that required voltage up to 30 watts. A PoE-capable device may be a power sourcing equipment (PSE), powered device (PDs), or on occasion, both. The device that transmits power is called PSE, while the device that receives power is called a PD. Most PSEs are either network switches or PoE injectors intended for use with non-PoE switches.

PoE Industrial Ethernet Switch Terminology
Short Glossary of Related Acronyms
GigE - Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
EFT - electrical fast transient
ESD - electrostatic discharge
PCB - Printed Circuit Board
SNMP - Simple Network Management Protocol
PoE - Power over Ethernet
SFP Port - Small Form-Factor Pluggable Port
NEMA - National Electrical Manufacturers Association
IED - International Electrotechnical Commission
IP Code - Ingress Protection Code
DIN - Deutsches Institut fur Normung

Common PoE Industrial Switch Synonyms and related terms
Power over Ethernet switch
PoE switch
PoE Ethernet switch
Gigabit switch PoE
Hardened managed PoE switch
Rugged PoE network switch
Managed PoE industrial switch
Unmanaged PoE industrial switch
Gigabit Ethernet switch
DIN rail managed switch
DIN rail network switch
DIN rail switch
Industrial switch
Industrial managed switch
Industrial grade Ethernet switch

Industrial PoE Switches
FiberPlex, FP1008EAT
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2005EBT
Industrial Gigabit Managed 90W PoE++ Switch; 7-Port 10/100/1000, 5 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; Industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAB
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 12-Port 30W & 90W 10/100/1000, 8 Copper + 4 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAT
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
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