SOURCE: Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks Inc.

September 22, 2009 09:00 ET

Transition Networks Expands Industrial Ethernet Portfolio With High-Port Count Aggregation Solution

Managed Industrial Switch Is an Ideal Solution for Extending the Network to Embedded Devices With Native 10/100 Ethernet Ports

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 22, 2009) - Transition Networks Inc., the switching and conversion technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the introduction of a new industrial-hardened device designed to offer high-port count density network attachment to devices in industrial and outdoor environments. The addition of a fully managed 16 + 2-uplink port switch to Transition's already vast industrial portfolio enables industrial customers to create and extend their network to end devices in space-constrained, high density applications.

The new offering is a fully managed, ruggedized device designed to reliably operate in harsh networking environments found on factory floors, outdoor enclosures or other hazardous environments and is backed by the unsurpassed Transition Networks "Lifetime Warranty without the Fine Print."

"Many industrial end devices today continue to require only 10/100Base Ethernet connections. This is especially true of the wave of recent embedded devices now supporting native 10/100 Ethernet ports. With a high-port count solution, fiber uplinks may need to run at higher speeds to support those device network connections without sacrificing performance. The fiber uplinks in this switch support gigabit speed, ensuring adequate aggregation of the lower-speed end devices," said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. "Moreover, the continued proliferation of embedded devices with native 10/100 Ethernet support requires an efficient switching solution. The SISTM1040-162D-LRT maximizes space in cabinets and enclosures filled with these Ethernet-capable devices."

16-Port Industrial Managed Switch with Redundant Gigabit Fiber Uplinks

The SISTM1040-162D-LRT is a ruggedized, fully managed switch that is designed to provide high availability dual-speed fiber connectivity to network devices that may be located in remote, outdoor or factory floor locations. It has 16 x 10/100Base-TX RJ-45 ports plus 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 or 100/1000Base-X SFP combo ports. All of the RJ-45 ports support Auto-negotiation and AutoCross™ (auto MDI/MDI-X), while the SFP ports support both 100Base-FX and 1000Base-X SFP optics.

Software features include support for IEEE 802.1Q VLANs, IEEE 802.1P Class of Service, IGMP for Multi Media applications, X-ring, Dual Homing, Couple and Dual Ring Topologies providing redundant backup and recovery times below 20 milliseconds. The switch can be managed via Telnet and Command-Line interfaces as well as through its built-in Web interface. Support for industry standard SNMP v1/v2c/v3 ensures manageability through third-party open management software packages.

Remote firmware upgrade capability, via the industry standard TFTP protocol, enables future software enhancements. This, coupled with the product's multi-speed, Gigabit-capable network ports and Transition Network's exclusive lifetime warranty, ensures this switch can become a building block in industrial networks designed for the long-term and for future migration to higher performance.

Offered in an operating temperature range of -40°C to +75°C, this switch also provides dual, redundant, auto-sensing 12 - 48VDC power inputs with reverse polarity power input protection and overload current protection, as well as a relay contact output circuit for controlling external alarms. DIN-rail and wall mount brackets are included as standard.

Product Availability and Configuration

Transition's new industrial-hardened fully managed switch is available immediately:

Product             Description
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SISTM1040-162D-LRT  Industrial Managed Switch with (16) 10/100BASE-TX
                    (RJ-45) + (2) 10/100/1000BASE-T or 100/1000BASE-X SFP
                    Combo Ports

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.

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 2009 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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