Red Lion's XCENET Ethernet expansion card allows operators to isolate machine-level network traffic from the enterprise-level network

Red Lion Controls announces an Ethernet expansion card for the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series products. The XCENET Ethernet expansion card is designed to allow operators to isolate machine-level network traffic from the enterprise-level network. The engineer can assign a fixed IP address for the port connected to PLCs and drives, while the IT manager can either select his own IP address or use DHCP to configure the enterprise port.

Already supporting 10 simultaneous Ethernet protocols, as well as three serial protocols, the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series is engineered to provide protocol conversion and device integration. Providing a second Ethernet port for communication, the XCENET card is designed to increase bandwidth and allow communication on two distinct Ethernet networks simultaneously without the addition of an industrial router.

The XCENET card can be fitted to any Data Station Plus, as well as the LE, SX or GT versions of the Modular Controller series Master. Users install the card by removing the blank expansion port cover of the Modular Controller or Data Station Plus, and plugging the card into the expansion port — adding an additional 10 Base T/100 Base-Tx Ethernet port. The Data Station Plus, Modular Controller and the XCENET card are configured with Red Lion’s Crimson software.

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