Industrial Ethernet unmanaged switches
AutomationDirect's Stride Ethernet product line includes unmanaged Ethernet switches and have an ST-type fiber optic connection.
AutomationDirect’s line of Stride Ethernet products includes industrial-grade unmanaged Ethernet switches and media converters. All models feature multiple 10/100BaseT RJ45 Ethernet ports, while several also include an ST type fiber optic connection. Recently added are units with an SC fiber optic connector. Plastic case models are designed for standard temperature range (-10 to +60 °C) while aluminum case models are designed for wider temperature range (-40 to +85 °C). These DIN rail-mountable true plug-and-play devices automatically determine and remember devices connected to each port and only route messages through the appropriate ports, increasing speed and bandwidth.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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