Productivity is your main business goal.
You need a network which can keep your factory operating productively.
Reliability, easy management and durability are all factors you need to consider when choosing your network switches.
But with technology advancing at such an alarming rate, your network needs to be customisable and adaptable.
Is your network infrastructure facilitating the increasing advances in technology?
That’s where the D-Link DIS series comes in.
The D-Link DIS series is a range of rugged and easy-to-deploy switches specifically for industrial settings, so you can have a reliable network that will withstand the pressures a factory environment brings.
- Creating an Industrial Network
- 4 Steps To Building Your Network
- Introducing the D-Link DIS Series
- Why use D-Link?
Creating an Industrial Network
The Industrial Internet of Things is here, and the technology is advancing all the time. Industrial sectors are seeing technological advances all the time. As Ai, robotics and other factors progress, creating a network to monitor these new solutions becomes a priority.
You need reliable, drop zone free WiFi to accommodate workers’ hand-held devices. High quality surveillance networks to monitor and protect your buildings. You need your automation and control systems to talk to your network and be accessible by your staff.
Network switches form vital parts of this infrastructure.
For a long while, improving industrial networks meant buying expensive, custom made products. However, as technology changes, so are your network options. Off-the-shelf options are an excellent option for your factory. Ethernet cabling, switches, routers and more are becoming more durable and able to handle extreme environments. Meaning, finally, updating your entire network to keep up with technology is not as expensive as it once was.
A smarter environment starts with intelligent connectivity. You need a switch that can connect machines and management systems, and scale with your company. You also need a switch which can cope with wide temperature range, vibrations and more.
4 Steps To Building Your Network
When planning your ideal industrial network, you need to consider your network design carefully. Whether you are upgrading an existing network or creating new infrastructure, you should plan out how you want it to work.
1. Assess your business needs
You need to decide what your network needs to achieve and how it will achieve that goal. Don’t just assume. Speak to the workers to learn how they use the network and how they could make their jobs simple and more productive. You may find that workers have unnecessary steps that could be removed, making the work more straightforward while increasing job satisfaction.
2. Design Your Layout
Look at your existing network, and the physical area you wish to use for your network hardware. Plan where you need your wires, and how you need your switch to connect to your network endpoints. You will need to check that wiring can be installed safely and will not affect the health and safety of your workers.
Carefully install your network with as little disruption as possible. You may want to consult an expert about your product or hire a team to implement your network. You should also get your network validated and audited by an authority such as the IEEE. You should speak to security experts to ensure your network meets standards.
4. Monitor and Maintain
Once your hardware has been installed, you will need to keep an eye on the whole network to ensure there are no problems. Smart managed and managed switches help you keep an eye on your switch network and can let you view your topology as a whole.
Introducing the D-Link DIS Series
D-Link have created the DIS Series with industrial settings in mind. The switches feature a robust design, easy management and security functions to help your business increase productivity. These compact switches are also easy-to-deploy, as they come with multiple mounting options. The D-link DIS series are ideal for both indoor and outdoor cabinet environments.
They have studied the landscape and worked out the most problematic points with industrial network switches.
Then they created the brilliant D-Link DIS range to help you implement a smart factory setup. Let’s have a look at some of the top features.
Built to Last
Factories are rough places. Large machinery and busy work environments create tough conditions for a standard switch. So, you need a network switch that isn’t affected by any of these problems.
Their industrial network switches are built tough and built to last. The D-Link DIS switches are certified against vibration, shock and free-fall.
In fact, D-link have so much confidence in the DIS switches that they come with a 5-year warranty as standard.
Withstand Cold Temperatures
In addition to their ruggedness, the D-Link DIS series can withstand wide temperature ranges. The D-link DIS switches have far superior environmental specification compared to their commercial counterparts. This means they can work in ice cold fridge environments up to melting hot factories.
No moving parts can optimise the uptime in a switch. The D-Link DIS switches are built to move heat through the casing to the vents. As the entire switch is optimised for heat, the hot air doesn’t effect the switch.
Connecting everything together
The D-link DIS switches are brilliant for aiding your factory automation and connecting it to the people who need it. They have powerful capabilities that can connect any Ethernet device to the main network.
The Switches come with PoE capabilities, meaning you can have power and connectivity through one cable. This is key when using WiFi access points to keep your roaming pickers connected to the network.
Plus, with their Fast ring failover protection of <20 milliseconds, you can avoid a single point of failure for critical operations.
D-Link’s DIS switches are also compatible with their enterprise switches, so you could easily link your factory network to your office network. This creates one seamless network that helps your factory be as productive as possible.
Switches in the Range
D-Link DIS-100G series
D-Link DIS-100G Series industrial gigabit unmanaged switches are the cheapest in the range. They are perfect for customers looking for an entry-level switch for their factory environments. They offer a plug-and-play installation so they are simple to set up and manage. They are also ideal for network edge deployment.
They are specifically to withstand wide temperatures from -40°to 75°C, so can survive the harshest industrial settings.
They are also perfect for managing your Wireless Access Points around your factory, meaning that staff tablets can roam without drop zones.
D-Link DIS-100G-5PSW Unmanaged Industrial Switch
4 x 100/1000BaseT PoE ports, 1 x 100/1000BaseSFP slot
D-Link DIS-100G-5SW Unmanaged Industrial Switch
4 x 100/1000Base-T ports, 1 x 100/1000BaseSFP slots Unmanaged Switch
D-Link DIS-100G-5W Unmanaged Industrial Switch
5x 100/1000Base T Ports Unmanaged Switch
D-Link DIS-200G series
The DIS-200G Series Industrial Gigabit Switches are smart-managed and come with brilliant software capabilities. The switches are equipped with 10 x 10/100/1000BASE-T ports and 2 x SFP ports.
The high electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) protects the D-Link DIS-200G Series from unwanted effects when operating in environments with strong electromagnetic interference.
The switches support Auto-Surveillance VLAN, which automatically detects a surveillance device. The Switch will then put them into a dedicated surveillance VLAN. This process helps increase the security of the surveillance data and give that traffic higher priority.
The DIS-200G series can operate in a wider temperature range of up to 65 °C.
D-Link DIS-200G-12PS Smart Managed Industrial Switch with PoE
8 10/100/1000Base-T PoE+ ports, 2 10/100/1000Base-T ports and 2 SFP ports
D-Link DIS-200G-12S Smart Managed Industrial Switch
10 Gigabit port and 2 Gigabit SFP slots
D-Link DIS-300G series
The D-Link DIS 300G series switches integrate advanced management. They offer advanced management and security setting, which help protect your data from breaches and malfunctions.
The DIS-300G switches are perfect for creating cost-effective and customisable networking solutions for their factory environment.
The DIS-300 series are brilliant for connecting up network machinery to the network, and also for controlling the surveillance network.
D-Link DIS-300G-8PSW Managed Industrial Switch
4 Gigabit PoE ports, 2 Gigabit ports and 2 Gigabit SFP slots
D-Link DIS-300G-12SW Managed Industrial Switch
8 x Gigabit ports and 4 Gigabit SFP slots
D-Link DIS-300G-14PSW Managed Industrial Switch
8 Gigabit PoE ports, 2 Gigabit ports and 4 Gigabit SFP slots
Why Use D-Link?
D-link have a long, successful track record in networking. Over the past 3 decades, they have shipped 780 million network ports and 10 million access points to customers all over the world.
D-Link are an award-winning company with a passion and care for their products. They have a full range of products to support their industrial switches – from access points to surveillance cameras and beyond.
The D-Link DIS series is perfect for anyone which is looking for a way to increase network productivity in their factory. The D-Link DIS series is cost-effective, reliable and equipped to handle all environments. To purchase these products, head over to the D-Link Industrial Switch category. To find out more about how D-Link products can help your factory, call us on 01245 459493 to speak to our D-Link expert.