Advantech launches managed Ethernet switch with support for IXM

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Advantech launches managed Ethernet switch with support for IXMAdvantech's Industrial Connectivity Group (ICG) is launching its first managed Ethernet switch with support for IXM device management technology. IXM provides engineers with the ability to assign a fixed range of IP address to many devices at the same time, and also provides them with the ability to simultaneously copy the same switch configuration across multiple switches. Once the 'master' has been configured, IXM can be launched and within seconds all other IXM-compatible switches will be populated with the same settings. This function saves up to 90 per cent of the configuration time, not only accelerating the configuration but also ensuring that mistakes are not made.

A trend in modern industrial environments is the fast deployment and flexibility of a networking topology. Upgrading firmware and setting the configuration of a large number of devices is a challenging job for both IT and SI (system integrator) professionals. Advantech says it is introducing the world's first series of managed Ethernet switches to make networking deployment and configuration more efficient. IXM technology on the EKI-7710 provides for fast network and configuration deployment.

IXM technology for EKI-7710 series switches provides a cross management and fast deployment function, enabling switches to upgrade their firmware and restore configurations more efficiently.

In order to allow more rapid networking deployment, IXM technology supports both mass firmware upgrades and flexible configuration restoration via a web GUI. The EKI-7710 comes with a jumbo frame function that supports packets up to 9216 Bytes. The benefit of jumbo frames is that they can carry more data in a packet, which makes it suitable for video surveillance as well as other applications.

EKI-7710 Managed Ethernet Switches use high-quality components to be able to operate in a wide range of operating temperature from -40 to 75degC and Level 3 EMS protection against electromagnetic interference.

Key functions:

  • IXM provides auto IP assignment, mass firmware upgrades, mass and flexible restoration of configuration files.
  • Communication with NMS (Networking Management System) via SNMP.
  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) model supports IEEE802.3at with two 24-48V DC power inputs and P-Fail relay.
  • Supports Advantech X-ring and X-ring Pro technology.
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6.

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