When it comes to having to choose between a managed or unmanaged industrial Ethernet switch most companies reduce the decision down to a simple factor, that is, how complex is the network it will serve, or how complex is it likely to become. The more complex the network, the more managed switches will be required. As such, the level of control that the end user will need is what will make the decision. A Ruggedcom switch from Siemens is designed to maximise reliability when operating in electrically harsh environments. These highly durable units ensure that communication networks can maintain uninterrupted service within a range of extremely wide-ranging temperatures. They are specified across the country for critical infrastructure in Utility, transport and industrial applications.
At CSE Uniserve we provide specialist, high-end industrial electrical control and protection solutions to Australian Utilities and renewables, companies undertaking mining, manufacturing as well as oil and gas and major transport organisations. Established in 1978 we have expanded our reach with Australia to include offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and are part of CSE Global, which has a presence in 20 countries. We have a reputation as problem solvers and offer innovative, high performing industry products so that our clients can access a best of both worlds service, and reap the rewards of alternative technological solutions.
Managed switches use software to improve networks by using software to analyse their performance. They offer advanced control, are used where segmentation and a high bandwidth and network traffic monitoring is required. The term intelligent switch is often used when referring to a managed switch for the following reasons:
1) Optimized Network Traffic
Each port can be analysed to determine how much data is being sent and received from each port. Having the capability to examine traffic flow means that a user can determine how they will control it to optimise it.
2) Management and Troubleshooting
Having a managed switch at your disposal can help monitor the network performance and diagnostics, thereby making data and functionality readings easier to access.
Managed switches are a key part of cybersecurity features in a system and ensure that only trusted devices can access the network and only necessary communications flow through.
Redundancy and unplanned downtime in industrial applications are best avoided where possible. Managed switches are a practical solution to ensuring the reliability of your systems.
5) Planning for the future
The reality is that you may need to change the network or expand it in future and with a managed switch in place this makes the process easier and allows for changes in advanced networks.
Among the name brands including Siemens’ Ruggedcom products that we here at CSE Uniserve and are proud to be partners with are:
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