Industrial Ethernet switches help future-proof data communication networks

06 June 2023

Westermo has launched a range of compact industrial Ethernet switches and routers to meet the increasing demands for high-performance data communication networks within transportation, manufacturing and energy distribution.

The Lynx 3000 series has been designed to provide high levels of performance, reliability and security, with gigabit speeds and advanced functionality to support the requirements of both current and future networks. It provides layer 2 and layer 3 functionality, enabling the management of complex ring networks and routing solutions. 

With entry-level models optimised for Fast Ethernet application and variants supporting up to 2.5 gigabit speeds, the series is said to be ideal for handling big data, high bandwidth and mission-critical applications. 

The Lynx 3000 series is powered by the WeOS operating system, which along with an intuitive web interface for set-up and configuration reduces complexity by simplifying installation, operation and maintenance of individual devices and complete networks. This removes the need for specialised IT support or training. WeOS also protects investments by ensuring continuous support for an expanding range of communication protocols and features.

Recognising the growing sophistication of cyberattacks, a suite of cybersecurity tools is available to reduce risk and increase cyber resilience. These can be used to build networks in compliance with the IEC 62443 standard.

The Lynx 3000 series is designed for heavy industry, marine and rail trackside applications. The switches are tested to meet a range of industry standards for use in the harshest industrial environments, including those with high electromagnetic interference, extreme temperatures, humidity and vibration. An IP40-rated all-metal housing, industrial grade components and a high level of isolation between interfaces helps to extend service life and creates an extremely reliable solution that contributes to a lower total cost of ownership.

The Lynx 3000 series also includes versions with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, that help to reduce network complexity and cost by providing communications and power over a single cable. 

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