Cranston, Rhode Island (PressExposure) August 03, 2011 -- Electro Standards Laboratories, Cranston, RI, USA, has just published its white paper entitled "A/B Network Switches - A Basic Design Guide." This paper is targeted to all of the IT Managers who are faced with the challenges of determining what they need in an A/B copper network backup switch.
Backup switches allow the users the capability of sharing devices or networks connected to the COMMON port/s among devices or networks connected to the (A, B, C, etc.) lettered or (1, 2, 3, etc.) numbered ports. The number of switch positions required will be related to how many devices or networks to which the user wants to send the data.
The paper evaluates the elements required to design an A/B backup switch including: switch form, interfaces, environment, ruggedness, speed, controls, security, channels, and power loss. Switch form includes desktop, rackmount, high-density switches, DIN-rail mounting, and switches ruggedized for harsh and mobile environments. The environments can include noisy factory floors, nuclear power plants that experience vibrations, and ships and other mobile and motion applications. The controls include local manual control, RS232 serial remote control, contact closure, IP addressable, graphical user interface, code operated and various combinations. The security issues are addressed with keylocks, offline and cut-off positions, and remotely controllable lockout features. The examples presented in the white paper include written detailed information, diagrams and photos.
Electro Standards' expertise was developed over a 30-year span by the experience of designing state-of-the-art network products. The company's forte is the design and manufacture of custom switches. With diverse data networks, managers have a huge task trying to backup data networks, secure the network, deal with fiber to copper conversion and so much more. The white paper outlines a thought process with examples that can assist any network manager with the development of the exact switch to meet his or her requirements. The white paper is available for free on the Download section of the company's website.