Garrettcom's Innovative Managed Ethernet Switch Offers Per-Port Configurable 10 Mb - 1 Gb Support For Industrial Uses

  • September 19, 2003
  • GarrettCom, Inc.
  • News
Compact Magnum 6K16V Managed Fiber Switch Offers Maximum Flexibility for Tough Industrial EnvironmentsAugust 18, 2003, Fremont, Calif. – The Magnum 6K16V Managed Fiber Switch is the only product on the market today with modular, per-port fiber access from 10Mb to 1Gb, “big switch” management features including standards-compatible support for self-healing rings, and gigabit backbone configurability in one small-footprint package. The next-generation industrial switch offers highly flexible and modular support for heavy-duty LAN switching in industrial and telecommunication applications. The 6K16V is targeted to outdoor, hostile-environment applications such as traffic control and transportation systems, power utility substations, factory floors, and telecom traffic interconnects. An added benefit is its easy adaptability to performance and cabling upgrades as users adopt increasingly sophisticated high-bandwidth technologies. “The demand for sophisticated but hardened Ethernet switches for heavy-duty applications is growing rapidly along with the steep growth curve for adaptation of high-bandwidth technologies such as video for surveillance and quality control, redundant SCADA systems, VOiP and Comm-over-Ethernet,” said Frank Madren, GarrettCom President. “GarrettCom has a reputation for innovative networking solutions in industrial markets. Our close relationships with leaders in industrial market segments has enabled us to be first out of the starting block with this small but powerful outdoors switch that can be placed practically anywhere and support any combination of cabling and performance requirements.” The 6K16V has access to all the high-end features of GarrettCom’s MNS-6K software because it uses the same switching and computing platform as other members of the 6K Switch family. These features include a wide variety of LAN management and security software including industry standards such as Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and GarrettCom’s standards-based, performance-enhancing Link-Loss-Learn™ and S-Ring™ features. S-RingÔ redundancy management software allows fast recovery in ring topologies at the edge of a network, where downtime can be most crucial. It is compatible with standard STP algorithms. GarrettCom’s Link-Loss-Learn feature triggers re-learning of a switch’s address table when LINK is lost on any designated port, resulting in faster network rerouting and fault recovery. GarrettCom offers the new Magnum 6K16V with all industrial and telecommunications industry DC power options, including dual source power. Worldwide AC power is also available. A mix of port types and speeds provides the highest flexibility in network deployments. The 6K16V Switch offers unique port-type modularity from 10 Mb to 1 Gb, and mixed media ranging from copper through single- and multi-mode fiber with any fiber connector types. Combinations of copper and fiber ports are increasingly popular in industrial LANs where fiber is chosen for noise immunity, distance, and ground-loop avoidance. In a first for industrial switches, GarrettCom tests and reports both a long term temperature rating and a short term temperature rating for the product. The 6K16V’s long-term ambient temperature rating of –40ºC to +60ºC is based on traditional Component Parts rating methods such as UL 60950. The short-term and emergency-duty temperature range of –50ºC to +95ºC is based on IEC 60068 Type Tests. The compact Magnum 6K16V is about the size of a hardcopy novel (9.5”H x 8.75”W x 1.75”D). It has a ventilated metal case and is mounted vertically for convection cooling. When panel-mounted in a factory-floor enclosure, its port density is roughly 2 ports per half-inch of width for 10/100 copper or SFF fiber ports. Pricing and Delivery GarrettCom products are marketed through a network of resellers, system integrators, and international distributors. List prices for Magnum 6K16V configurations range from $1,500 to $4,000. A 6K16V configured with four 100Mb fiber ports, four 10/100 copper ports and one Gigabit fiber SX up-link port lists at $2,940. Configured with 8 10/100 copper ports, two 10Mb fiber FL ports and two 100Mb fiber FX ports, it lists at $2,000. The 6K16V switches are available for delivery two weeks ARO. More information is available on the company’s website: About GarrettCom GarrettCom, Inc., Fremont, Calif., designs, manufactures, and markets Ethernet LAN products for traffic control, telecommunications, and industrial applications. For more information on GarrettCom and its Magnum line of Ethernet products, visit, or or contact the company at:213 Hammond AveFremont, CA 94539via telephone at:(510) 438-9071, fax (510) 438-9072or email at

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