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Gigabit Ethernet switches feature dedicated priority ports

13 April 2013

Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group has introduced five- and eight-port Gigabit Ethernet switches – the EKI-3725 and 3728 - with special features for high bandwidth applications.

These products are believed to be the first to market with dedicated priority ports, up to 60 percent reduction in power consumption, smart diagnostics and gigabit data transmission, making them ideal for a range of applications from toll stations tod CCTV control systems.

Priority ports prioritize the traffic coming over those ports and delay the less immediately necessary data over the remaining ports. This is especially useful for high bandwidth applications such as video streaming where latency would cause problems.

Superior smart diagnostic functions are the best way to discover a fault on the system without lots of painstaking port analysis. A single LED informs an engineer that a connection loop has occurred, allowing rapid repair.

The new EKI switches come with advanced power saving functions that save up to 50 percent on power consumption and produce less heat than existing EKI switches.

For applications that don’t require the benefits of Gigabit Ethernet but still want the priority ports, energy saving and quick diagnostics, Advantech has also launched the EKI-3525 and 3528 models which have 100Mbps Ethernet.

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