SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

September 13, 2010 09:00 ET

Transition Networks Brings Industrial Ethernet to Space-Constrained Environments

New Industrial "Mini" Meets Design Specifications for Compact Environments Such as Outdoor Security Applications

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Transition Networks Inc., the switching and conversion technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the availability of the "mini" Industrial Media Converter. Answering the need for media converters that fit into compact environments, the addition of the Industrial Mini to Transition Networks' already vast industrial portfolio enables customers to extend 10/100 Ethernet networks to devices in remote, space-constrained environments without the need for environmental controls. This allows organizations to experience the benefits of Ethernet while saving money and time on infrastructure and environment redesign.

With industry-leading features such as Auto-Negotiation, AutoCross™, Link-Pass-Through, Automatic Link Restoration and Far-End-Fault, the Industrial Mini is a plug-and-play solution for transparent insertion into any existing network. Backed by Transition Networks' unsurpassed Lifetime Warranty, this budget-conscious networking device is built to operate trouble-free in harsh outdoor or industrial environments.

"As Ethernet continues to proliferate into many different applications and environments, we're seeing the importance for a variety of different form factors to accommodate space and temperature requirements," said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. "For example, many cities, transportation systems, utilities and ports are now deploying large, Ethernet-based, video security networks in outdoor locations. The Industrial Mini is an ideal solution for bringing Ethernet to small, confined spaces such as housings in camera installations."

The Industrial Mini will operate over a very wide temperature range of -40°C to +75°C. The unit's terminal block accepts a wide12 - 48VDC power input with reverse polarity power input protection and overload current protection. The small power consumption of just 2.5W further lowers system cost by minimizing heat generation within small enclosures. To further ease installers' jobs the Industrial Mini comes with an installation kit consisting of a DIN-rail bracket, Velcro strips and a DC power barrel connector. A wall-mount bracket and AC-to-DC power supply are offered as optional, labor-saving accessories.

Product Availability and Configuration
The Industrial Mini is available now in the following Transition Networks models:

Product Description
M/E-ISW-FX-01 Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX MM ST 2km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(MMLC) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX MM LC 2km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(SC) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX MM SC 2 km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(SM) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX SM SC 20 km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(SMLC) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX SM LC 20km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(100) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX  Single Fiber SM 20 km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(101) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX  Single Fiber SM 20 km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(102) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX  Single Fiber SM 40 km
M/E-ISW-FX-01(103) Industrial Mini 10/100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX  Single Fiber SM 40 km

Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or visit for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. All Transition Networks brand of media converters and switches carry a lifetime warranty and 24x7 technical support.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete MILAN portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2010 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Patrick Schaber
    Transition Networks
    (952) 996-1526
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    Editorial Contact:
    Kim Miller
    Tier One Partners
    (617) 610-0583
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