ComNet Unveils Security Managed Switch for Use in Cybersecurity Applications

The RLGE2FE16R is said to prevent unauthorized network access.

DANBURY, Conn. — ComNet, a manufacturer of fiber optic transmission and networking equipment, announces an expansion to the Reliance product line for the utility and industrial markets.

The RLGE2FE16R is the company’s first Ethernet switch/router that is designed specifically for use in electrical utility substations and switchyards, heavy manufacturing facilities and as railway track-side electronic equipment. Fully compliant with IEC6185-3 and IEEE1613 class 2, it is for use where high levels of electromagnetic interference are routinely encountered, according to the company.

The switch/router is said to prevent unauthorized access to a network and offers an enhanced security version that allows for secure firewalls to be setup where multiple levels of authentication must be followed before access is granted. User APA (Authentication Proxy Access) controls remote use access and communications to network edge devices. The RLGE2FE16R is designed to meet NERC-CIP-5 guidelines and is an ideal platform for deploying a highly secure communications and networking gateway.

ComNet says this managed 18-port Ethernet switch offers Ethernet layer 2 switching & layer 3 IP routing with integrated VPN and link protection per ITU-T G.8032. It has 16 10/100Mbps ports with optional PoE and two gigabit combination SFP/TX uplink ports for use as an aggregation point. An internal 2G/3G/4G LTE cellular radio is also available for remote deployments.

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