Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays

Contemporary Controls announces EtherNet/IP switches

July 2006 Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays

Contemporary Controls meets Rockwell Automation's required and recommended switch features significant to EtherNet/IP

Contemporary Controls announces the availability of its EtherNet/IP switch features designed in their industrial-grade EISX_M,EICP_M, and EISB_M managed switches. Included among the features are full-duplex capability on all ports, IGMP Snooping, port mirroring, VLAN, auto-negotiation and manually configurable speed/duplex, wire-speed switching fabric, SNMP for switch management, and IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) - all important to control networks.

Bennet Levine, R&D manager of Contemporary Controls, says IGMP snooping, for example, reduces multicast traffic by filtering it to only the appropriate group of end-devices in the network, allowing the data to be sent to the correct destination. "Isolating the traffic leaves sufficient bandwidth for monitoring and maintaining end devices."

Levine says Contemporary Controls meets all the required and recommended EtherNet/IP switch features as stated in an application note written by Rockwell Automation. This application note may be viewed by visiting: http://domino.automation.rockwell.com/applications/kb/RAKB.nsf/0/84379FB8AFD936FC85256CEF005586D0.

Furthermore, Contemporary Controls has not limited its features to only those offered by Rockwell Automation. "Our company provides port locking, rate limiting, RapidRing redundancy, and port monitoring," explains Levine.

Levine comments, "We are one of the more cost-effective EtherNet/IP switch vendors compared to our competitors in the industry."

For more information contact Micropower Instrumentation, 011 462 1106, or visit www.ctrlink.com/EIP.htm.


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