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Ethernet industrial switches
16 June 2015
Red Lion Controls has added 18 new compact models to its N-Tron series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform. The new NT24k 10-to-14 port DIN-rail mountable switches feature Fast Ethernet, Gigabit or dual-mode fibre ports alongside eight Gigabit copper ports with optional IEEE 802.3af/at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support.
With over 100 mixed-media configuration options, the rugged NT24k platform combines the benefits of noise-immune fibre with the versatility of 10, 100, 1000Base copper connectivity to provide a robust migration path across varying industrial applications.
Available with optional PoE+ support, each switch accepts redundant 22-49 VDC power input and offers a step-up power boost circuit to eliminate the need for a standalone 48 VDC power supply.
"Industrial customers are demanding fiber optic and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options to meet the requirements of high bandwidth applications and high-EMF environments. Our newest wave of compact NT24k fiber models – one of the broadest lines of rugged fiber and PoE+ switches on the market – addresses this need,” said Diane Davis, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. "Customers now have access to a future-proof switch solution that addresses industrial requirements from the network edge to the core.”
The new compact NT24k switches build on Red Lion’s recent addition of Gigabit and PoE+ compact DIN-rail mountable copper switches to its award-winning modular and rackmount platform. With a hardened metal housing, each NT24k switch provides industry-leading shock (200 g) and vibration (50 g) tolerance coupled with up to a -40° to 85°C operating temperature range to ensure optimal network performance in the harshest industrial environments.
Red Lion’s rugged NT24k platform offers a full set of management features and advanced security to ease network deployment with key functionality that includes Jumbo Frame support, SD card and XML configuration backup and restore, auto-IGMP configuration, Ethernet/IP with CIP messaging, N-Ring and N-Link ring technology with ultra-fast (30 ms) recovery, N-View monitoring technology, event logging, SNTP and IEEE 802.1x with RADIUS remote server authentication. NT24k switches are UL Class 1, Division 2 Listed for use in hazardous and ordinary locations and are ABS type certified for shipboard applications.
These approvals help ensure reliable operation across alternative energy, oil and gas, water/wastewater, maritime, transportation, intelligent traffic applications and factory automation applications.