Red Lion Adds All-Gigabit Capabilities to OEM Industrial Ethernet Switch Family

Board-Level, Fully Managed Industrial Switches Leverage Benefits of COTS for Easy, Cost-Effective Integration of Gigabit Ethernet

York, Pa. – January 21, 2014 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, announced the addition of the ET-8MG-OEM board-level, all-Gigabit switch to its industrial Ethernet family. Red Lion’s fully managed Sixnet series ET-8MG-OEM switches provide a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for OEM customers, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively add industrial-grade networking capabilities to their products.

Delivered in a compact PC 104 footprint, the ET-8MG-OEM switches provide rugged, industrial-grade networking designed to withstand the harshest environments. Its flexible board-level design allows integration into embedded applications with support for a combination of up to eight 10/100/1000Base copper and 100/1000Base SFP or SFF fiber ports.

Manufacturers creating solutions for customers in the military, utility, alternative energy, transportation or security surveillance industries will find value in the ET-8MG-OEM switch’s ability to keep industrial networks up and running – even in the toughest of conditions. With support for a wide range of operating temperatures and a robust managed feature set, Red Lion’s ET-8MG-OEM switches offer manufacturers a fully functional, turnkey industrial Gigabit Ethernet solution.

“Gigabit Ethernet is becoming the standard for connecting IP-based components of automated devices in industrial, utility and military applications. In order to maximize these investments, OEM partners must provide reliable, purpose-built Ethernet switches with sophisticated features,” said Diane Davis, director of product management for Ethernet networking at Red Lion Controls. “Our new, all-Gigabit switches are designed to help our OEM partners meet the diverse, rugged networking requirements of customers across a variety of industries.”

Features of Red Lion’s ET-8MG-OEM managed switches include:

  • Flexible configuration for up to eight copper or fiber SFP/SFF ports
  • Rugged reliability in extreme -40° up to 75°C temperatures
  • 5.0 VDC power input
  • 10/100/1000BaseT(X), duplex and MDIX auto-sensing
  • 100/1000Base SFP or SFF fiber
  • Easy configuration via Web, Telnet or CLI
  • Web interface supports HTTPS security with SSL or TLS
  • Broadcast and multicast storm protection

About Red Lion Controls

As the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, Red Lion has been delivering innovative solutions for over forty years. Our automation, Ethernet and cellular M2M technology enables companies worldwide to gain real-time data visibility that drives productivity. Product brands include Red Lion, N-Tron and Sixnet. With headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, the company has offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Red Lion is part of Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company. For more information, please visit