Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Future-proofing data communication networks.

Compact gigabit Ethernet switches meet current and future requirements of mission critical networks

A powerful range of compact industrial Ethernet switches and routers has been launched by Westermo, to meet the increasing demands for high-performance data communication networks within transportation, manufacturing and energy distribution. The new Lynx 3000 series has been designed to provide outstanding levels of performance, reliability and security, with gigabit speeds and advanced functionality to support the requirements of both current and future networks.

“We have designed the Lynx 3000 series to not only meet current networking challenges, but also with the needs of tomorrow's industrial data networks in mind,”
said Henrik Jerregård, VP products and marketing at Westermo. “As with all Westermo products, reliability and ease of use are fundamental but this powerful switching platform also offers impressive performance and is capable of handling the increased bandwidth requirements of future networks.”

The new range provides layer 2 and layer 3 functionality, enabling the management of complex ring networks and routing solutions. A wide range of models ensure suitability for many different use cases, including applications requiring very high performance. With entry-level models optimised for Fast Ethernet application and variants supporting up to 2.5 gigabit speeds, the series is ideal for handling big data, high bandwidth and mission-critical applications. As with all Westermo Ethernet products, the Lynx 3000 series is powered by the WeOS operating system, which along with an intuitive web interface for set-up and configuration reduces complexity by simplifying the installation, operation and maintenance of individual devices and complete networks. This removes the need for specialised IT support or training. WeOS also protects investments by ensuring continuous support for an expanding range of communication protocols and features.

Recognising the growing sophistication of cyberattacks, an extensive suite of cybersecurity tools is available to reduce risk and increase cyber resilience. These can be used to build networks in compliance with the IEC 62443 standard, which defines technical security requirements for data communication network components.

The Lynx 3000 series is designed for heavy industry, marine and rail trackside applications. The switches are tested to meet a broad range of industry standards for use in the harshest industrial environments, including those with high electromagnetic interference, extreme temperatures, humidity and vibration. An IP40-rated all-metal housing, industrial grade components and a high level of isolation between interfaces helps to extend service life and creates an extremely reliable solution that contributes to a lower total cost of ownership.

It also includes versions with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, that help to reduce network complexity and cost by providing communications and power over a single cable. With advanced PoE management features and up to 30W of power output from each port, these switches can be used to connect HD IP CCTV cameras in industrial settings and for other power-hungry applications.

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