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Ethernet Direct has released the Iguana IRE series of industrial Ethernet switches, which come with extended temperature and optional conformal coating.

The IRE series is one of the few industrial Ethernet switches that supports Modbus over TCP.

The Iguana IRE-321EC and IRE-323EC are industrial 5-port unmanaged Ethernet switches with three 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports and two multi-mode (IRE-321EC) or single-mode (IRE-323EC) ports with redundant ring technology.

The self-healing technology can recover from any network downtime in less than 50ms on full load.

Modbus/TCP, Modbus/RTU and OPC are supported by IRE-321EC and IRE-323EC.

Scada application can monitor status of Ethernet and fibre port with Modbus or OPC protocol, to provide most applications with a seamless process.

When IRE devices are placed in a redundant ring application, its redundant ring technology detects and recovers a fibre or copper link failure in milliseconds.

The flammability-protected, entry-level, industrial-hardened Ethernet switches are specifically designed for applications where transmission must be protected from electrical exposure, surges, lightning, chemical corrosion and other hazards.

Iguana switches offer Ethernet isolation of 1,500 Vrms and frame ground for EMS protection, which is not a standard feature in most industrial Ethernet devices.

The switches are engineered for mission-critical applications, where the devices installed need to assure reliable 24/7 operation.

The shielded Ethernet port connectors offer a high-reliability Ethernet environment for industrial control and automation, while the two power inputs can be connected simultaneously to live DC power sources.

If one of the power inputs fails, the other live source acts as a backup, and the relay output facility can deliver a warning signal in the event of dual power or network link failure.

Features include: high-performance network switching technology; compliance with IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u,IEEE 802.3X; 3 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports with shielded RJ-45 connector; 2 x 100Mbps SC-type fibre port, either multi-mode or single mode; 3.2Gbps high-performance memory bandwidth; RJ-45 port support auto MDI/MDI-X crossover; broadcast storm protection; reliable power design; support for 10-30V DC power input, reverse polarity protection, over-current protection, surge (EFT) protection 3,000V DC for power line.

Other IRE models are IRE-500EC and IRE-800EC, which are also suitable for production and control sites with harsh environmental conditions.

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