Gigabit Ethernet switch for complex network connections

Nexans presents the new iGigaSwitch-54x series at the Hanover Fair (19-23 April 2010, hall 13, stand C89)

Hanover, 19 April 2010 – Nexans Active Networking Systems presents the new iSeries iGigaSwitch 54x. The iGigaSwitch-54x systems, which are specially designed for the energy market, feature up to five Ethernet interfaces offering transmission capacities of 10 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s and even 1 Gbit/s, as well as two Gigabit SFP (small form-factor pluggable) slots. These are compatible with standard transceivers for fibre-optic or copper cables and feature not only an automatic switchover from 100 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s, but also a diagnostics/alarm function.

With suitable connection modules such as Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet SFP, the device interfaces can be quickly adapted to suit the required application. All copper ports are equipped with “Power over Ethernet” technology (PoE), which means that up to four PoE devices – such as WLAN access points, video cameras or IP telephones – can be powered directly via the data cables. A range of automatic functions (plug and play) make it easy for users without specialist IT skills to start operating the devices. The connected devices can be replaced just as quickly and easily if a fault occurs because the iGigaSwitch-54 systems feature intelligent configuration management and a storage card with its own MAC address. The switch configuration is redundantly backed up multiple times and can be managed via the standard WEB interface, Telnet or SNMP. The switch systems can be quickly attached to the cap rail, and support different security and high-speed redundancy procedures.

The Nexans switch series is designed for robust industrial applications, including wind turbine controllers, the networking and automation of transformer stations, remote meter readings and video surveillance in airports and train stations, for example. Traffic telematics and machine control are further examples of the diverse range of applications of iGigaSwitch-54x systems. To ensure cost-effective and flexible deployment, the devices are designed for a broad input voltage and operating temperature range (-40°C to +85°C).

The iGigaSwitch 54x systems transmit all the data in industrial communication networks quickly, reliably and securely, and are an integral component of an intelligent energy network, Smart Grid. Supporting the IEC-61850 standard, which enables end-to-end communication between the power plant, distribution networks and transformer stations, these solutions provide energy companies with new opportunities for efficient, flexible and manufacturer-independent mains operation.

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