All-gigabit industrial switch

28 April 2015

Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley Stratix family of industrial switches with an all-gigabit option that helps achieve higher network speeds for high bandwidth applications. 

The switch also supports both Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing for a range of network configurations.

 “Network convergence, increased reliability and the growing adoption of high-speed devices across The Connected Enterprise are driving the need for a higher-performing and more versatile industrial switch,” explained Mark Devonshire, product manager for Rockwell Automation. “The Stratix 5400 switch provides this and helps confirm that manufacturers have a robust architecture in place as network demands continue to broaden.”

When used as a Layer 2 switch, the Stratix 5400 switch is designed for use in industrial environments experiencing an influx of high-performance, gigabit-speed end devices, such as IP video cameras and telephony. It is also suitable for heavy-industry applications that require resilient network topologies. 

When used as a Layer 3 switch, routing is enabled between segmented networks to help achieve better performance.

The switch uses an all-gigabit design for high-performance network and end device support. The GE Power over Ethernet (PoE) and additional GE fibre port options are said to enhance scalability and help meet a wide range of application needs.       
The Stratix 5400 switch offers up to 20 gigabit ports in a single switch to meet a range of application needs. Default configurations help simplify setup, optimise performance and enable faster diagnostics retrieval. The switch also comes with Network Address Translation to help reduce commissioning time. 

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