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Industrial Switch: Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch


A managed industrial Ethernet switch provides valuable capabilities that go beyond the basic functionality of an unmanaged switch, combined with such industrial characteristics as extended operating temperature, ruggedized enclosure, and ingress protection. By allowing you to manage, configure, and monitor your LAN settings, a managed industrial switch provides much greater control over your industrial Ethernet local area network (LAN) than an unmanaged switch. Also known as a hardened managed Ethernet switch, you can use this network element to establish various controls over your industrial Ethernet LAN traffic. For example, you can create virtual LANs (vLANs): defined groups of devices within separated addressing spaces for traffic management. Such equipment may also be known as an industrial grade switch, ruggedized Ethernet switch or ruggedized network switch.

An Industrial grade switch can be designed to be mounted on a DIN rail—a widely used standard metal rail for mounting industrial control and industrial automation equipment. As such the device is sometimes called a DIN rail Ethernet switch, a DIN rail managed switch, or simply DIN rail switch. Industrial Ethernet switches can be designed in conformance with such industry standards as Ingress Protection Codes (IP codes) IP30 or IP67. Some Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches support standards such as Class 1 Division 2 for installation in hazardous areas or EN50155 for use on rolling stock (trains). These switches can be populated with special circular connectors such at M-12 or Military Grade MIL-STD connectors.

Managed Switch Benefits

With a managed switch you can assign various levels of priority to different channels or traffic types. This functionality provides targeted performance for sensitive traffic, ensuring the most important data is delivered under congested network conditions. Such features as Priority SNMP, which enables remote troubleshooting, makes it easier to identify and isolate issues that may cause performance degradation—and implement corrective actions. A managed Ethernet switch may also offer redundancy features that provide data duplication (backup) data for recovery should a device, or network connection, fail.

Application Environments

Patton's FiberPlex and Connect-IT managed industrial grade network switch products are designed for use in such demanding environments as oil rigs, refineries, railways, water treatment plants, substations, roads, and tunnels that use industrial automation networks, factory automation, or industrial control systems—as well as IP surveillance.

 
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Industrial Switch Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch

FiberPlex FP2008E - Industrial Switch Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch
FiberPlex FP2008E
This Layer 2 switch is a managed switch that delivers copper and fiber gigabit Ethernet connectivity in harsh environments in a hardened industrial Ethernet switch. This managed industrial switch provides 10 RJ-45 GigE and 2 SFP fiber ports in an industrial grade network switch. The FP2008E 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

FiberPlex FP2008E/AT - Industrial Switch Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE Switch
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 end-points 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.
 
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When designing an industrial Ethernet network for an industrial control system, the switch serves as the system core or brain. Compared to an unmanaged switch, a managed industrial switch is more expensive and requires additional effort to set up and configure, but it provides much stronger security features, with greater flexibility, and increased network control.

Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch Terminology
Short Glossary of Related Acronyms
GigE - Gigabit Ethernet
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 für Normung

Common Industrial Switch Synonyms and related terms
Hardened managed Ethernet switch
Rugged network switch
Managed industrial switch
DIN rail managed switch
DIN rail network switch
DIN rail switch
Industrial switch
Industrial managed switch
Industrial grade Ethernet switch
Industrial grade switch
IP67 managed Ethernet Switch
IP30 DIN rail switch
Gigabit Ethernet switch
Automation engineering
Automation technology
Industrial automation
Industrial control system
Hazardous Area Ethernet Switch
Class 1 Division 2 Certified Ethernet Switch
Rolling Stock Ethernet Switch
Railway Ethernet Switch
EN50155 Ethernet Switch



 
 
 
Managed Industrial Switches
FiberPlex, FP2008E
Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 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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