Opto 22 to offer N-Tron network switches, wireless access points
N-Tron’s 702W wireless radio and 500 series advanced industrial Ethernet switches.
Opto 22, developer and manufacturer of the Opto 22 Snap PAC System family of programmable automation controllers, I/O, and accessories, has agreed to sell N-Tron Corp.’s line of industrial Ethernet network switches and wireless access points.
N-Tron switches are positioned as being rugged, durable, and industrially-hardened, encased in coated steel enclosures specially designed to reduce noise. The switches also offer extended environmental specifications, such as up to -40 to 85 °C operating temperatures, increased shock and vibration resistance, and 2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF). These features, plus redundant power inputs with voltage ranges as great as 10 V dc to 49 V dc, allow for these switches to be used in harsh environments and applications in large manufacturing facilities, power utilities, electrical substations, water treatment plants, and other processing facilities.
As a convenience for its Snap PAC controller customers, Opto 22 will stock and resell a variety of N-Tron managed and unmanaged switches, to help connect network segments, process and route IP traffic, and manage multicast EtherNet/IP protocol I/O messages.
Opto 22 will stock and sell more than a dozen N-Tron managed and unmanaged switches with varying copper and fiber-optic options, including N-Tron 508-series “plug-and-play” switches, which require no IP address and no configuration, and provide a high level of security because the lack of a network address means they cannot be hacked, according to information released by Opto 22.
Also provided will be N-Tron’s wireless access points for use with Opto 22 Snap PAC Wired+Wireless controllers and I/O. N-Tron model 702-W wireless access point is IEEE 802.11a/b/g compliant with full WPA (TKIP) and WPA2 (802.11i/AES) security features for use with the Wired+Wireless hardware in industrial communications architectures where it’s difficult, impossible, or cost prohibitive to run network cabling.