The next wave of networking technologies that are starting to enter the residential market from world of enterprise-grade computing is layer 2 solutions. Bringing layer 2 (L2) technologies to a wider audience, the Torrance, Calif.-based company TRENDnet has announced two new layer 2 switches.
TRENDnet's new six-port Hardened Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Layer 2+ Managed DIN-Rail Switch (TI-PG541i), and 12-port Hardened Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Layer 2+ Managed DIN-Rail Switch (TI-PG1284i) are designed for non-traditional environments such as rooms with extreme temperatures, rooms with lots of dust, and installations that absorb vibrations.
Both of the L2 switches incorporate full PoE+ power budget, dual-redundant power inputs and alarm relay outputs that reduce downtime during power failures. The switches also feature IP30-rated metal enclosures that withstand high levels of shock; they provide surge protection, and the switches operate in temperatures from -40 degrees to 167 degrees.
The 12-port model offers eight Gigabit PoE+ ports, four Gigabit SFP slots, and L2 options such as PoE port control, 802.1Q/Q-in-Q VLAN multicast, spanning tree, and 802.1X that allows for flexible network integration.
The six-port version features four PoE+ ports, one Gigabit port and a Gigabit SFP slot. In addition, the six-port TI-PG541i provides L2 options that include PoE port control, VLAN, multicast and QoS.