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May 04, 2009

Patton Launches Ruggedized Managed Modem

By Tim Gray
TMCnet Web Editor

Patton (News - Alert)-Inlap has launched the ruggedized Model 3231 Managed SHDSL Modem for industrial automation designed to operate in the harshest of environments.

According to the Maryland company, Model 3231 reduces the cost of installation, configuration, monitoring and control with password-protected local and remote management options that allow the device to work with any existing network management policy.
For those who can't tolerate the downtime, this universal management solution is for you with SNMP monitoring, Telnet, and HTTP/WEB management plus troubleshooting via remote-loopback, says Mike Huarca, product manager at Patton.
"Network management is today's critical question for industrial data communications," said Huarca.
In paraphrasing Carl Henning, deputy director, PTO, Profibus and Profinet North America, Huarca says: “You'll either you use a managed device or wish you had. If you can tolerate the downtime while you look for blinking lights, an unmanaged device could be right for you."

Patton's FlexKey touchpad with backlit LCD eliminates the expense of high-level IT resources and equipment at installation sites because the Model 3231 is easily configured with no tools or computer required.

"Ethernet is rapidly expanding in control engineering applications" said Huarca. "Patton's Model 3231 offers a standards-compliant solution for challenging environments."
So much so, in fact, that Control Engineering recently called  IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3 Ethernet as a growing force in industrial implementations, noting it is deal for transporting Ethernet data from ISA, SCADA, and telemetry applications, the Model 3231 extends industrial network segments up to 9.4 kilometers (5.84 miles) at 192 kbps.
In fact, as TMCnet recently reported, despite projected drops in the Ethernet switch market, a Campbell, California-based market research firm this week is predicting that the need to handle rapidly growing traffic, including video-based communications, the carrier Ethernet market will reach $32 billion globally in 2013.

In addition, for important high-speed applications the modem is capable of transmitting data at 4.6 Mbps over distances up to 3.3 kilometers (2.05 miles).

Other factors making the latest mode of great interest from an industry  perspective is the 10/100 Ethernet and G.SHDSL interfaces allow the ROHS-compliant Model 3231 to provide a bridged Ethernet connection via PPPoHDSL, PPPoA, RFC 1483, and STP 802.1D with intrusion detection, and Access Control List (ACL).
Patton first extended its industrial product line of ruggedized Ethernet Extenders last year. Model 2172R 50-Mbps Ruggedized Ethernet Extender was also designed for industrial Ethernet applications.

The new model is fully-compliant with the international IEEE G.991.2 standard and implements the G.994.1 G.hs handshake protocol.

Offering desktop, rack-mount and wall-mount options, the Model 3231 is enclosed in a ruggedized metal case and designed to withstand extended temperatures ( 0 to 60° C and -20 to 70° C options), vibration (JIS E 3014), shock (JIS E 3015), and humidity (IEC (News - Alert) 60068-2-56 Cb).

Patton is an ROHS compliant company and a green manufacturer.

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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