As a communications equipment manufacturer, Comtrol often suggests applicable products for a customer’s environment based on features the products have. However, this is a two way street. The proper selection of an Ethernet switch begins with classification of the area in which your product will be placed; only next does it become important to select a switch that fits your environment.
Step 1 – Classify the area in which your network equipment will be located.
Depending on how critical your application is, this can be done with various levels of intensity. Some users may choose a standardized measure, such as the MICE classification system (Mechanical, Ingress, Climactic Chemicals, Electromagnetic) to ensure an accurate and objective description in every area. Others may rely on individual objective measurements such as temperature (°F/°C), moisture (% humidity), and known acceleration rates. Finally, others may elect for a simpler, subjective system such as “Hot/Cold” or “smooth/heavy vibration.”
Step 2 – Select an Ethernet switch that meets the requirements of the area it will be located.
Now that the environment has been classified, the next step is to find an Ethernet switch, or set of Ethernet switches that meets or exceeds each of the characteristics defined by the environment. By listing environmental specifications on every Comtrol RocketLinx Ethernet switch, this step can be as easy as completing a check list.