The new GECKO 4TX industrial Ethernet switch guarantees reliable data communication and enhanced redundancy and diagnostic features. It also offers easy-to-implement management functionality at an outstanding price-performance ratio.
If you have been reluctant to use managed switches because of their complex operation, then the GECKO 4TX is the ideal alternative. With the proper level of management functionality included, you can configure and monitor the switch without needing any special IT know-how. In addition, commissioning is also very simple in comparison to fully-managed switches, enabling you to be up and running in no time.
What’s more, the redundancy functionality of the GECKO 4TX ensures that your production processes don’t grind to a halt even in the event of a data communication error. Due to its low power consumption, the switch also helps cut long-term operating costs.
With a combination of managed and unmanaged switches, the GECKO 4TX is ideally suited for use in smaller networks, or on the edge of larger installations. It can also be used for carrying video signals or transmitting control data.
For industrial manufacturers looking for a cost-effective way of entering the world of managed switches, the GECKO 4TX offers simple network management and enhanced network availability. Network parameters can be centrally configured using a web interface, while redundancy and diagnostic functions ensure high network availability.
In designing the GECKO 4TX, the absolute necessary management functions were integrated to enable the configuration and monitoring of the switches. This concept allows the GECKO switches to bring added value to areas where unmanaged switches cannot deliver the required performance. It can also be used when fully-managed switches are not needed, due to superfluous functionality or complex operation.
With its compact, yet robust design, the GECKO 4TX can be used in a wide range of areas, from solar farms to production lines in the food and beverage sector. Potential application scenarios include machine and plant engineering, material handling, robotics and connecting production cells for various industries. No matter where it’s installed, the GECKO 4TX guarantees reliable data communication.
Featuring four Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 Mbit/s) and the ability to mount on a DIN rail, the compact dimensions (25 x 114 x 79 mm) of the GECKO 4TX require little space and in-active ports can be disabled to protect against possible misuse.
The switch can be managed through Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or via HiDiscovery and Industrial HiVision from Hirschmann™. A web interface for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) deployment is also available. For monitoring purposes, the switch provides diagnostic and documentation options, such as a system log, Remote Monitoring (RMON) and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP). Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and Quality of Service (QoS) functions are also supported.
Additional features include an IP30 protection rating, a wide operating temperature range, high resistance to shocks and vibration, and a 24 V DC power supply. What’s more, with a power consumption of less than 3 W, the GECKO requires minimal electricity.
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