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Simplified configuration of complex industrial networks

18 December 2015

Westermo has introduced a range of new Ethernet switches and supporting software to help simplify configuration of complex resilient Ethernet networks.

Four new layer-2 high-performance managed Ethernet switches have been added to the Westermo RedFox range. Designed for use in harsh environments and demanding Edge Network applications, the switches are supported by MTBF, a wide operating temperature range and type testing for both industrial and rail trackside use.

The devices offer a range of port options including 11 gigabit ports. The two industrial switches, suitable for installation in extreme environments, feature 11 and 19 port options. Two new rack mountable versions of the switch, suitable for control room or cabinet installation, feature 27 ports and are available in AC and DC power variants.

Version 1.3 of its network configuration management tool, WeConfig, is said to simplify the configuration of complex resilient networks that can typically feature multiple rings, gigabit links and numerous devices. The software includes a variety of new wizards for quick and easy configuration with global parameter settings. It analyses port and path for best implementation of single or multiple rings, simple fast ring recovery and ring coupling. It also offers rapid fault analysis when diagnosing network failures which can provide an easier way to improve overall network resilience. 

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