mCon 1000 from HARTING is a new range of managed Ethernet switches that offers a flexible range of communications options for industrial network applications.
The new managed switch range supports Ethernet (10Mbit/s), Fast Ethernet (100Mbit/s) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbit/s). Up to 11 Ethernet stations can be connected with shielded twisted-pair cable and fibre-optic cable.
Two of the devices in the range, mCon 1052-ASFP and mCon 1083-ASFP, provide easy interfacing with applications using fibre-optic cables by including SFP (small form factor pluggable) plug-in modules.
Ethernet switch management uses a simple centralised configuration, with administration via a web interface, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) or the Telnet standard network protocol. Features implemented include rapid spanning tree, radius, prioritisation and SNMP traps.
The Ethernet switches can be replaced for maintenance purposes, with a backup of the configuration saved to an optional memory card. The memory cards have their own unique MAC addresses so that the replacement of an mCon switch does not influence network topology or network administration.