Managed switches promise fast and simple operation

20 May 2014

Belden has extended its range of industrial Ethernet products with the introduction of the GECKO 4TX switch – which is said to combine the advantages of fully-managed switches with the benefits of fast and simple deployment. 

The GECKO 4TX enables users to focus on the essential – making it convenient to configure and monitor without the need for specialist IT knowledge. Low power consumption also helps reduce long-term operating costs.

For anyone reluctant to use managed switches because of their complex operation, the switch might offer a good alternative. Sebastian Preiss, product manager at Belden said: “While its functional scope is not as extensive as a fully managed switch, the GECKO 4TX allows high network availability thanks to redundancy and diagnostic functions, and offers genuine added value compared to unmanaged devices.”

Suited for use in smaller networks or on the edge of large installations, the robust and compact switch can be used in a range of areas – from solar farms to production lines for the food and beverage sector. Potential applications include machine and plant engineering, material handling, robotics and connection of production cells for various industries.

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