Networking

A Robust Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Consisting of Environmentally Hardened Network Cabling, Connectivity, and Active Components Is Essential to Long-Term Performance and Reliability

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Executive Summary

Industrial Ethernet is trending to be the principal infrastructure choice for mission-critical industrial automation and control applications. Industrial Ethernet is built on the same standards-based networking platform as enterprise Ethernet, which has long reigned as the universal network solution. Industrial Ethernet connects the office with the plant floor by utilizing a single cabling platform with Ethernet connectivity and IP addressing. This convergence of open, standards-based Ethernet communications provides all the advantages of secure, seamless interoperability among manufacturing enterprise networks - from corporate offices to the shop floor - and enables Internet and enterprise connectivity, anytime and anywhere.

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