Ultra-small, self-testing Ethernet switch for harsh environments

The company said the TundraNET Model T167 15-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch has been designed with military-grade requirements in mind.

T167 units are now in use in some of the military's most advanced mission critical reconnaissance platforms and have been tested for use in Naval, Air Force, aircraft and ground vehicle installations, the company said. 

The T167 has a built-in cable diagnostic technology that allows the system to quickly and remotely analyze the quality of attached cables, helping pinpoint the cause of network cable malfunctions without the need to deploy field support personnel or equipment or bring down the network.

This allows for “a significant reduction in installation time, cable debug efforts and overall network support cost,”  Phillips said. “It also verifies functionality of the interfaces at the wire level, all the way to the connector interface and beyond.”

The features also help each network system port detect and report cabling issues without the need to unplug cables, connect cable testers and install loop-back modules at the far end – all of which are necessary when using traditional cable meters.

Security features of the units include Information Assurance Magic Packet protocol support, filtering based on any field of the packet's first 128 bytes, as well as  VLAN ingress and egress filtering, Phillips said.

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