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Article | August 5, 2013
Rockwell Automation: Industrial ethernet switch
Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch now includes an optional integrated hardware-based Network Address Translation (NAT) feature that allows high performance and simplified integration of IP-address mapping from a set of local, machine-level IP addresses to the end user¹s broader plant-process network.
This feature can greatly benefit manufacturers that are integrating identical machines into a production line, especially when multiple equipment builders are being integrated into a common production line. The Stratix 5700 switch NAT feature allows OEMs to deliver their standard machines to customers without having to program unique IP addresses into them. The end user can then use the NAT feature to more simply integrate the machines into the larger network. Because the machines are identical to their standards, they are easier to maintain. The Stratix 5700 switch with NAT technology also provides flexibility to segment or isolate network traffic by determining which devices are exposed to the larger network. By limiting access to certain devices, they can be isolated from broader network traffic, which can help optimize the network performance at the local level.
The Stratix 5700 line of switches is currently available with 6, 10, and 20 fixed-port configurations. The product includes features, such as IEEE-1588 time synchronization, QoS (prioritization) and Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP). Additional features also allow for increased network availability, and help improve network performance and troubleshooting-enhanced security. Each Stratix 5700 switch includes: dual-power inputs, input and output alarms, console port, fiber-ready SFP slots, DIN rail mount, and operating temperature range of minus 40 C to 60 C. Model options include: NAT, two gig ports, SD flash card, conformal coating, and two different software configurations for a total of 20 different models to
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