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Industrial Switch: Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switch

An unmanaged industrial Ethernet switch interconnects devices on an industrial network using Ethernet to transmit and receive packetized data among endpoints. Such equipment may also be known as a hardened Ethernet switch, industrial-grade switch, ruggedized Ethernet switch, or ruggedized network switch. Industrial Ethernet switches are often designed in conformance with standards such as Ingress Protection Codes (IP codes) IP30 or IP67. An unmanaged Ethernet switch is much simpler to operate than a managed switch. However, it does not offer configuration, monitoring, or control capabilities of a managed switch.

An Industrial grade switch is sometimes designed to be mounted on a DIN rail—a widely used standard metal rail used to mount industrial control equipment. The term DIN rail refers to the German standards body, Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), which published the original specifications since adopted as European (EN) and international (IEC) standard.

Unmanaged Switch Benefits

The primary advantage of an unmanaged switch is cost. Typically a managed switch will cost on the order of ten times as much as an unmanaged Ethernet switch. The price difference can be attributed to the additional security and access control features that come with a managed switch. There is also a performance advantage to an unmanaged switch in that you can plug and play immediately with your network. There's no need to set anything up, and it has built-in QoS services to ensure its working well.

Application Environments

Patton's FiberPlex unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches are designed for use in such demanding applications as railways, water treatment, substation automation, roads and tunnels, as well as factory automation, IP surveillance and building automation systems (BMS).


Show Me: Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switch


Industrial Switch 6-Port Gig Ethernet

FiberPlex FP1004E series of unmanaged industrial ethernet switches:  6-Port Gig Ethernet Industrial Switch
FiberPlex FP1004E
Deliver IP video, WiFi, and remote network connectivity in challenging harsh environments. Equipped with 4 copper ports and 2 SFP optical ports, the FP1004E is suitable for VoIP, SCADA, physical security, IT infrastructure, industrial controls or networked audio applications.

Industrial Switch 10-Port Gig Ethernet

FiberPlex FP1008E Unmanaged Ethernet Switch - 10-Port Gig Ethernet Industrial Switch
FiberPlex FP1008E
This ruggedized Ethernet switch delivers Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in such harsh environments as power/utilities, wastewater treatment, oil/gas/mining, process-control automation, security access-control, and intelligent transportation systems. The FP1008E features an operating temperature rating of -40 to 75°C (-40 to 167°F).

Industrial Switch 10-Port Power-over-Ethernet

FiberPlex FP1008E/AT - Industrial Unmanaged Switch 10-Port Power-over-Ethernet Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches
FiberPlex FP1008E/AT
The FP1008E/AT is housed in a sturdy IP30 rated DIN-rail enclosure with wall mount options. The physical layer interfaces include 8 x RJ45 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports capable of providing up to 30W of PoE+ to PoE+ enabled end points, and two Gigabit SFP+ slots that can be used for fiber trunk connections.

Unmanaged Class 1 Division 2 Industrial Switch

Connect IT CT1005EX
Deliver reliable 10/100 Ethernet connectivity in harsh environments with the CT1005EX C1D2 Industrial Ethernet Switch. Operates in extended temperatures ranging from -13 to 158°F (-25 to 70°C). This ruggedized Ethernet switch provides protection against RFI, EMI, ESD, EFT, and electrical power surges.

Teach Me: Industrial Switches: Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switch

Think of unmanaged Ethernet switches as just adding Ethernet ports to your network. For some uses, that is all that is needed. If you have a limited number of available ports on routers and other networking products, unmanaged switches are perfect for allowing for additional hardware to be connected to the network. Unmanaged switches are plug-and-play devices that require no configuration or set-up activities during installation and activation. After you connect power and data cables the switch is ready to use.

Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switch Terminology
Short Glossary of Related Acronyms
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 Ethernet switch
Ruggedized Ethernet switch
Unmanaged industrial switch
Industrial unmanaged switch
Industrial grade Ethernet switch
Industrial grade switch
IP67 Ethernet Switch
Industrial PoE Switch
Ruggedized PoE Switch
Rugged PoE Switch

Un-Managed Industrial Switches
Connect-IT, CT1005EX
Unmanaged 5-port 10/100 Mbps Class 1, Division 2 Ethernet Switch, Extended Temperature 13°-158°F (-25° to 70°C)
FiberPlex, FP1004E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 6 Port 10/100/1000, 4 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial TD packaging
FiberPlex, FP1005E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 6 Port 10/100/1000, 4 Copper + 1 x GigE SFP + 1 x SFP/TX Combo; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1008E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 10 Port 10/100/1000, 8 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1008EAT
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1108E
Un-Managed Industrial 10 Gig Ethernet Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x 10 GigE SFP; industrial packaging
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