Industrial and traditional Ethernet switches
Ethernet is the standard for wired networking and, along with Wi-Fi, is the most common type of connection computers use in a local area network or LAN especially for general purpose office networks. It began as a single cable that made it possible for multiple devices to be connected to one network. Ethernet has a simple and effective design. With high-speed options and a variety of media types to choose from Ethernet is efficient and flexible. Today, an Ethernet network can be expanded as needed.
Ethernet switches involve the use of a port looks like a regular phone jack, but are a little bit wider. These ports can be used to connect one computer to another, to connect your printer and computer, or they can be used as an external DSL or cable modem. It is a fast and cost-effective way to transmit data.
Commercial Ethernet Switches
There are two distinct types of Ethernet switches, traditional and industrial. Traditional or commercial Ethernet switches come in three different varieties. They are unmanaged, managed, and smart. An unmanaged switch comes ready to use right out of the box. There is no installation or configuration needed. A smart switch comes with some manageability that is able to be done without an IT professional. A managed switch is one that can be configured based on each companies needs. It is the most expensive and requires professional installation.
Industrial Ethernet Switches
In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are also available. They allow manufacturers to improve plant efficiency while keeping operational costs low. This is due, in part, to the fact that it has better bandwidth, as well as both advanced connectivity and reliability than standard Ethernet. In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are designed to operate in plant floor environments as the specifications allow for extreme temperature, shock, and vibration that commercial switches cannot handle.
Difference between Commercial and Industrial Ethernet switches
If a website does not load correctly or you get an error message on your computer screen, you can simply hit the refresh button. In a factory or manufacturing plant, a small problem could turn into a major disaster and the company cannot wait for someone to notice the problem. In other words, there is no refresh button to fix it. However, when a business uses networking switches, the switch can sense an error and automatically stop a process. This prevents wasted time, product, and money.
Additionally, industrial internet allows for specific manufacturing data to not only be correctly sent and received, but also sent and received on-time. That is when the data is needed to perform a specific operation. For example, a cereal box filling plant using this technology is able to send filling data over the network to ensure the boxes are filled correctly. When a box is full, a “stop filling” command is sent over the network.
Another reason why companies are adopting industrial Ethernet is because it is possible to build a network of devices that can continue to communicate even if a cable is broken or unplugged, or if one of the network switches fails. This is important both for reliability and safety.