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GarrettCom Introduces 32-Port Industrial Switch for Fiber-Rich Deployments

The new Magnum 6K32F Industrial Managed Switch offers maximum fiber-port configurability in a hardened rack-mount package for industrial networking applications. GarrettCom, Inc.'s managed Ethernet switch offers up to 32 10/100 fiber or copper ports and 8 Gigabit (Gb) ports in a space-efficient package. The highly configurable switch is designed for use in industrial networks with numerous fiber segments requiring Gigabit backbone interconnections among network centers.

The 6K32F doubles the number of fiber ports and Gb ports available in the company's Magnum 6K32T switch, providing extra capacity for managing today's high-data-content industrial applications. Fiber is the cabling media of choice in industrial networking because of its superiority in areas such as noise-immunity, distance, security, bandwidth, ground loops control, and overall network reliability.

As IP-enabled devices continue to multiply, industrial applications include increasing numbers of IEDs, HMI computers, routers, video surveillance cameras, small field switches, and other managed switches including multiple Gb backbone interconnections and redundancy.

The Magnum 6K32F Managed Fiber Switch comes with comprehensive LAN software support, network management security and ease-of-use features and is available in two versions: MNS-6K basic and MNS-6K-SECURE.

The four configuration slots in the Magnum 6K32F support more than 30 port modules offering a comprehensive variety of port types and combinations, including Power over Ethernet (PoE). It can accommodate all standard SFP, GBIC and fixed type fiber connections for maximum configurability, Power options are universal AC and DC at 24, 48, and 110-250 V with Dual-Source optional. Conformal coating for high-moisture or corrosive environments is available. The 6K32F is fan cooled; a convection-cooled fanless version of the product, the 6K32FC, is available for power utility substations and other applications where passively cooled switches are required.

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