Ethernet switches are highly advantageous for a wide variety of applications due to their ability to connect devices in a network and operate in harsh industrial environments. Unfortunately, spatial limitations can make it difficult or impossible to use traditional-size Ethernet switches. In such cases, compact Ethernet switches provide a much-needed solution. To learn more about the many uses and advantages of compact Ethernet switches, continue reading.
What is a compact Ethernet switch?
Essentially, a compact Ethernet switch is a type of networking switch that’s significantly smaller than a traditional-sized Ethernet switch. For example, Antaira’s compact Ethernet switches boast an impressive small form factor design, which is 30 to 50 percent smaller than standard Ethernet switches depending on the model. Due to their reduced size, compact Ethernet switches are ideal for confined spaces, where traditional-size networking switches can be difficult or impossible to implement.
Benefits and uses of compact Ethernet switches
Compact Ethernet switches provide all the advantages of traditional networking switches—with the added benefit of being able to fit into smaller areas and more confined spaces. As such, they allow for more versatile implementation in a wide variety of applications. Common applications for compact Ethernet switches include use in control panels or networking cabinets in automation plants or buses. Such panels are often packed tightly with various devices, such as cameras and sensors. Due to the limited space, fitting a traditional-size networking switch inside a control panel is often exceedingly difficult or impossible. In such cases, compact Ethernet switches are highly advantageous options. Because they’re considerably smaller, compact networking spaces also free up more room to add other equipment to control panels for enhanced functionality.
Antaira’s compact Ethernet switch solutions
Antaira Technologies offers several different compact Ethernet switch solutions, such as our LNP-C500G, LNX-C500, and LNX-C800G series. To satisfy the needs of your unique application, our inventory includes five-port devices as well as eight-port products. All our compact products feature an industrial-grade design and reduced size to facilitate easier integration into projects that require a small footprint. With the ability to handle high-bandwidth applications in tight spaces, our devices are suitable for a wide range of networking applications, such as factory automation, power or utility, ITS, and wastewater treatment plants. For more information on our compact industrial Ethernet switch products or other industrial networking solutions such as industrial routers, access points, and media converters, contact us today.