PoE-enabled switches for industrial, enterprise networks

Oct. 25, 2017
Omnitron Systems’ RuggedNet industrial PoE fiber switches and OmniConverter enterprise PoE fiber switches enable distance extension and PoE remote powering.

Omnitron Systems recently introduced managed and unmanaged Power over Ethernet (PoE)-enabled switches for industrial and enterprise networks. The RuggedNet industrial PoE fiber switches (pictured, top) and the OmniConverter enterprise PoE fiber switches (pictured, bottom) enable distance extension via fiber-optic cabling and remote powering via PoE and PoE Plus.

Sankar Ramachandran, Omnitron’s product marketing director, said, “The introduction of the RuggedNet industrial switches and the enhancements to the enterprise OmniConverter line provides our resellers and end users the ability to deploy multiple PoE-powered devices such as WiFi access points, small cells or IP cameras at any distance from the network equipment. Also, being made in the U.S.A. and TAA-compliant [Trade Agreements Act], both product families meet the stringent security requirements of our enterprise telecom and government customers.”

Both product lines, RuggedNet and OmniConverter, feature four or eight 10/100/1000 RJ-45 ports capable of delivering 15.4W PoE or 30W PoE Plus to all ports, and one or two gigabit ports. They are classified as power sourcing equipment (PSE) and provide full PoE Plus power for up to eight powered devices (PDs).

Omnitron Systems explained, “RuggedNet industrial PoE fiber switches are standards-compliant ruggedized network switches that are temperature-hardened to -40 degrees C to +75 degrees C, and designed for deployments in manufacturing, transportation, energy, and IoT applications. They can be DIN-rail mounted, and feature single or dual DC power inputs and contact closures that can generate alarms.

“OmniConverter PoE fiber switches are designed for standard enterprise network deployments. They can be wall- or DIN-rail mounted, and are powered using external 100 to 200VAC power adapters.”

Both the RuggedNet and OmniConverter PoE fiber switches are available in managed and unmanaged models. The managed models can be managed via an IP-based web interface, Telnet or serial console interface. The IP-based web management provides the ability to monitor status and configure hardware parameters using a web browser.”

Both lines of switches support specialized network modes for efficient delivery of data traffic, Omnitron added, including Directed Switch Mode and Dual Device Mode. Directed Switch Mode prevents port flooding by routing multicast traffic—such as video—only to its destination ports. Models with two fiber ports supports Dual Device Mode, which enables the device to operate as two separate and isolated PoE switches with independent fiber uplinks and RJ-45 ports.

Models with two fiber ports also facilitate daisy-chain topologies and fiber link redundancy and protection, with less than 50ms failover, Omnitron further explained. All models feature remote PoE port reset feature that eliminates the need for dispatching technical personnel to remote locations to physically reset PDs like cameras and wireless access points.

Both product lines are available with SC, ST and LC fixed-fiber connectors, or with gigabit Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceiver sockets to support multimode or singlemode fiber, and a variety of CWDM and DWDM wavelengths.

All RuggedNet and OmniConverter products include free 24/7 technical support.

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