The difference between industrial and ordinary switches

- Oct 16, 2019-

The difference between industrial switches and ordinary switches


The difference between an industrial Ethernet switch and a common switch is mainly reflected in the function and performance.


The functional difference mainly refers to: Industrial Ethernet switches are functionally closer to industrial network communication, such as interconnection with various fieldbuses, redundancy of devices, and real-time of devices;


The difference in performance is mainly reflected in the adaptation to the external environmental parameters. In addition to many harsh environments such as coal mines and ships, the industrial environment also has special requirements for EMI (electromagnetic compatibility), temperature, humidity and dust. Among them, the influence of temperature on industrial network equipment is the most extensive.


Components: Industrial Ethernet switch components have higher requirements for selection, and should be better adapted to the needs of industrial production sites.


Mechanical environment: Industrial Ethernet switches are better suited to harsh mechanical environments, including vibration, shock, corrosion, dust, and water.


Climate: Industrial Ethernet switches are better suited to poorer climates, including temperature and humidity.


Electromagnetic environment: Industrial Ethernet switches have strong anti-electromagnetic interference capabilities.


Operating voltage: Industrial Ethernet switches have a wide operating voltage range, while ordinary switches require higher voltages.


Power supply design: ordinary switches are basically single power supply, while industrial switch power supplies are generally dual power supply backup.


Installation method: Industrial Ethernet switches can be installed in DIN rails and racks. Common switches are usually rack and desktop.


Cooling method: Industrial Ethernet switches generally use a fanless case to dissipate heat, while ordinary switches use a fan to dissipate heat.