RuggedCom Introduces New Wireless and Ethernet Over VDSL Ethernet Switches



    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM),
a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has announced the
introduction of new RuggedWireless(TM) and RuggedVDSL(TM) Ethernet switches
designed specifically to address the needs of electric utility, intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.

    
    The new RuggedWireless(TM) products include:

    -  RS910W: Wireless Device Server with 2 Serial and/or 2 Ethernet Ports
    -  RS920W: Wireless Device Server with Ethernet over VDSL Interface
    -  RS930W: Wireless Ethernet with Integrated 6 Port Switch and Ethernet
       over VDSL Interface

    Combined with the currently available RS900W (Wireless Ethernet with
Integrated 8 Port Switch), the RuggedWireless(TM) family of products provides
a complete line of LAN based industrially hardened Ethernet switches with IEEE
802.11b/g and wireless data rates of up to 54 Mbps. All wireless
communications are protected by the very latest "robust security networks"
based on IEEE 802.11i which features strong encryption protocols, AES support,
and IEEE 802.1X/Radius user authentication. These products can be used to
convert serial and/or wired Ethernet to wireless Ethernet, which in turn
reduces installation and cabling costs. Multiple wired Ethernet and serial
port options exist to allow greater flexibility in network architecture
design.

    The new RuggedVDSL(TM) products include:

    -  RS910L: 1 Ethernet over VDSL Interface with 2 Serial and/or 2 Ethernet
       Ports
    -  RS920L: 1 Ethernet over VDSL Interface with 2 Serial Ports
    -  RS930L: 2 Ethernet over VDSL with Integrated 6 Port Ethernet Switch
    

    Combined with the currently available RS900L (1 Ethernet over VDSL with
integrated 8 Port Ethernet Switch), the RuggedVDSL(TM) family of products is a
complete line of hardened Ethernet switches supporting Ethernet over VDSL.
Ethernet over VDSL is the perfect solution for bringing Ethernet networking to
applications where telephone grade wiring (or other copper twisted pair
wiring) is already present, thus saving the considerable cost of installing a
new fiber or copper Ethernet network. Up to 50 Mbps speeds and up to 4km LAN
segments are possible. Multiple options exist to accommodate varied network
architecture requirements, including the ability to cascade RuggedVDSL(TM)
products to provide an Ethernet network that spans long distances.
    "To address the many demanding and varied needs of our customer base, we
have developed a very flexible platform with the RuggedSwitch(TM) RS900
product line", explains Roger Moore, VP of Engineering for RuggedCom. "With
this product line we can function with many different networking topologies
that include both new and legacy equipment, thus allowing our customers to
effectively utilize their current asset base while introducing newer
technologies."
    As with all RuggedCom products, these new products are RuggedRated(TM) to
provide a high level of immunity to electromagnetic interference and heavy
electrical surges typical of environments found in electric utility
substations, RuggedRated(TM) products meet or exceed a wide range of industry
electric utility standards including IEC61850 and IEEE1613 Class 2; features a
wide operating temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C (no fans);
can be powered from a variety of sources (12VDC, 24VDC, 48VDC,
88-300VDC/35-264VAC); and have high MTBFs and reliability characteristics. All
of which allow these products to be placed in almost any location for great
installation flexibility.
    To learn more about these new products and all RuggedCom products and
technologies, please visit www.RuggedCom.com.

    About RuggedRated(TM):
    ----------------------
    The RuggedRated(TM) specification establishes a set of criteria that
networking and communications devices must meet in order to ensure reliable
operation within harsh environments. The RuggedRated(TM) symbol identifies
products that have been specifically designed to meet these criteria. For more
information about RuggedRated(TM), please visit www.RuggedRated.com

    About RuggedCom Inc.
    --------------------
    RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers,
wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional
services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such
as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.
For further information, please visit www.RuggedCom.com.





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