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Westermo launches new plug-and-play unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches

29 January 2024

Westermo has launched a new range of compact, easy-to-use unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches.

The SandCat five-port fast Ethernet switch series offers a cost-effective, plug-and-play solution for industrial applications that complements Westermo’s range of managed switches.

Supporting 100Mbit/s, these versatile devices have been designed to meet the increasing network complexity, reliability and bandwidth demands of utilities, marine, manufacturing and energy industries.

The SandCat switches provide a low-cost option for connecting multiple end-devices to the network and the availability of a fibre port enables communication over larger distances or different sites. 

Although managed switches are used widely to enhance the configuration and security of data networks, the SandCat series is ideally suited to extend the port count of managed switches, enabling the installation of more end devices. 

The switches can also be used when a central device is required to create a physical topology for optimal redundancy and remote access or to act as a simple switch within factory automation applications.

The SandCat series is designed for mission-critical applications using DIN rail mounting in harsh industrial environments allowing Ethernet connections to be established between drives, inverters, HMIs, PLCs and I/O units. 

The switches meet EMC, isolation, vibration and shock standards enabling installation in challenging industrial environments. An IP30 grade metal housing, operating temperature of -40°C to 75°C, wide power input range, multiple small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceiver options, and extensive industry approvals and certifications ensure maximum application flexibility. 

“The SandCat is a high-quality, unmanaged switch series that offers unparalleled reliability, simplicity and performance,” explained Rasmus Sjöström, Product Manager at Westermo. 

“Versatile SFP options and a comprehensive range of industry certifications help to deliver maximum application flexibility needed to meet the expanding size and complexity of data networks."

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