90POE integrate Perle Wireless Device Servers for Data Transmission on Ships

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90POE integrate Perle Wireless Device Servers for Data Transmission on Ships

Stream and access data from navigational equipment with RS422 serial communication ports over WiFi.

WiFi networks continue to grow in popularity because they are easy to install and do not incur the additional expense of running Ethernet cable in locations where it is impractical. The desire to transmit diverse data types over these wireless networks is growing. However, that data often originates in equipment that does not support 802.11 WiFi, such as the millions of devices deployed in manufacturing, energy production, industrial fieldbus applications, and industrial control systems that rely on serial RS422 and RS485 communication ports. These include smart meters, altimeters, sensors, gauges, sonar, navigational equipment, scanners, printers, and PLC’s. The increased adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions combined with the increased necessity for cyber security is driving the desire to automate the process of accessing data safely and securely from operational equipment and transfer it over a wireless network.

For example, Stewart Adams, Lead Systems Engineer at Ninety Percent of Everything (90POE), needed a solution that enabled data to be transmitted over WiFi safely and securely from navigational and bridge equipment of a global fleet of commercial shipping vessels. Commercial navigational equipment has RS422 serial communication ports. The challenge was to find a safe and cyber secure Serial to Ethernet Converter that supported WiFi as part of the 90POE integrated onboard vessel system.

“Operational integrity and cyber security are paramount when designing and deploying an integrated onboard vessel system across a global fleet of commercial vessels.”

Adams explains, “Operational integrity and cyber security are paramount when designing and deploying an integrated onboard vessel system across a global fleet of commercial vessels. As part of 90POE’s vessel deployment, the Perle IOLAN Wireless Device Servers provide a safe and secure way to create a serial to ethernet conversion enabling us to access and stream real-time data over WiFi to our onboard vessel system. The additional benefit of using the Perle IOLAN products means it saves us time and effort in removing the need to install an Ethernet network to access this critical operational data.

This critical data is then processed onboard by the 90POE integrated vessel system Oktopus.One, providing operational insight for crew onboard before being securely streamed via satellite back to shore. Through the 90POE digital platform OpenOcean Studio, this vessel operational data is combined and overlaid with other sources of data and intelligence to create value for ship operators and ship owners by better insights into their operations. Perle IOLAN products are therefore a key component in enabling the safe and secure access to this data which ultimately creates value for 90POE Customers.

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Perle Industrial Ethernet Switches include Enterprise-Grade features – now with new lower prices!

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Perle Industrial Ethernet Switches include Enterprise-Grade features – now with new lower prices!

Industrial-grade Ethernet Switches are specifically designed to connect devices in network environments that are subject to extreme operating temperatures of -40°C to 75°C, vibrations, and shocks. They are built to exceed the specifications of commercial switches with industrial safety certification and approval for hazardous locations, making them ideal for use at sites with harsh environmental conditions:

  • industrial and factory automation
  • outdoor applications
  • rail and intelligent transportation systems (ITSs)
  • marine
  • oil and gas
  • mining

Rugged, yet easy to use, Perle has over 734 models of Ethernet switches that feature Industrial Protocol Management support, superior reliability, advanced security, network redundancy, and easy installation and configuration. The IDS Switch portfolio includes support for 10/100/1000 Ethernet and fiber in unmanaged switches, managed switches, and PoE switches.

Perle industrial ethernet switches

Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches

Specifically designed to connect devices in network environments that are subject to extreme operating temperatures of -40°C to 75°C, vibrations, and shocks, Perle has over 516 models of Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches. They are built to exceed the specifications of commercial switches with industrial safety certification and approval for hazardous locations, making them ideal for the harsh environments found in factory and industrial automation, marine, rail and intelligent transportation systems (ITSs), oil and gas, mining and outdoor applications.

Perle IDS Managed Switches come with Enterprise-grade features, extensive security, QoS, and network integration functionality:

  • PROFINET and Modbus TCP Protocol Support
  • MRP ( IEC 62439-2 ) Ring protocol for <10ms recovery time
  • STP/RSTP/MSTP for network redundancy
  • TACACS+ and RADIUS authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) security services
  • SSH, SNMPv3, and HTTPS secure management sessions
  • IEEE 1588 V1 and V2 PTP for microsecond accuracy
  • Protection of User Access Ports through IEEE 802.1x Authentication and Port Security
  • Advanced protocols to optimize the performance and intelligence of the network: IGMP Snooping, LLDP-MED, GVRP, Voice VLANs, MSTP, GMRP, and IPv6 MLD Snooping

PoE Industrial Ethernet Switches

In addition to transmitting network data, a PoE Switch has a built-in Power over Ethernet injector to supply up to 100W Power over Ethernet ( PoE ) to standards-based 802.3af, 802.3at and 802.3bt compliant devices such as IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points. When connecting network devices, the switch will detect whether they are POE-compatible and automatically supply power. Using a PoE Switch saves on installation and maintenance costs by eliminating the need to install multiple pieces of equipment, additional electrical wires, and outlets.

Perle PoE Switches are classified as Layer 2 Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE). The industrial design of a Perle IDS PoE Switch, and all internal components, make it ideal for use in harsh environments subject to vibrations, extreme temperature fluctuations from -40C to 87C, and shocks

Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches

Industrial-grade Unmanaged Switches are “plug & play” devices specifically designed to connect equipment in network environments that are subject to extreme operating temperatures of -40°C to 75°C, vibrations, and shocks. They are built to exceed the specifications of commercial switches with industrial safety certification and approval for hazardous locations, making them ideal for use at sites with harsh environmental conditions.

Rugged, and with no configuration required, Perle has over 218 models of Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches with a vast array of options including 10/100/1000 Ethernet, PoE, and fiber. In addition to having a corrosion-resistant IP30 aluminum chassis, they adhere to a variety of industry-recognized standards to ensure the highest level of durability and adaptability under harsh environmental conditions. Dual redundant power inputs have reverse polarity and overload current protection.

Why to choose Perle?

We have been designing industrial hardware for Modbus and PROFINET to ethernet conversion for over 40 years. This expertise has been used to design the toughest Ethernet switches on the market. Perle IDS-300 and IDS-500 Switches with the PRO feature set can be managed via PLC, NMS, HMI or SCADA systems using PROFINET or Modbus TCP. In addition, MRP (IEC 62439-2) provides fast convergence in an industrial ring network topology.

Industrial Temperature-Grade

Many manufacturers claim -40°C to 75°C but use commercial parts that will fail in environments with extremely high or low temperatures. Integrated PCB circuits will overheat and under-rated connectors will not allow for proper contact between the device and cables. To prevent this, every component used in Perle Industrial Temperature Switches has been designed and tested to handle operating temperatures between -40°C and 75°C.

Standards-Based

To ensure that the system will operate with other Ethernet-enabled devices and IP applications, Perle IDS Switches use IEEE standards-based protocols. This also facilitates integration between industrial equipment and business office applications. These industry-recognized standards ensure the highest level of durability and adaptability under harsh environmental conditions.

Robust & Reliable

Perle only uses high-end components from leading western chip manufacturers to ensure product reliability. This enables us to proudly publish the high MTBF rates on the Hardware Specs for each product. And, we back-up this reliability with a best-in-class Warranty.

Out-of-Band Management (OOBM): What is it and why do I need it?

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Out-of-Band Management (OOBM): What is it and why do I need it?

What is Out-of-Band Management (OOBM)?

While In-Band Management is the ability to administer a network via the LAN, Out-of-Band Management is a solution that provides a secure dedicated alternate access method into an IT network infrastructure to administer connected devices and IT assets without using the corporate LAN.

Why do I need Out-of-Band Management?

The primary benefit of an out-of-band management interface is its availability when the network is down, a device is turned off, in sleep mode, hibernating, or otherwise inaccessible. OOBM can be used to remotely reboot devices that have crashed and manage powered-down devices. The core idea is to preserve 24/7 uptime of your network by ensuring you always have access to critical IT assets like routers, switches, firewalls, servers, power, storage, and telecom appliances that operate the organizations’ backbone communication framework.

When a Network Administrator needs to monitor, manage, troubleshoot, or re-boot critical IT assets, they will generally access the devices directly over an Ethernet network. However, when 24/7 uptime is expected this single point of access is not enough. When IT assets are in off-site locations, controlled server rooms, or the network administrator is in a different location, they need a secure way to remotely access the USB or RS232 console management port of every device on the network.

In today’s world, organizations find it impossible to work without access to their network computers and enterprise-wide systems. The ability to monitor and manage these networks and keep them up and running is pivotal to their business. The responsibility to ensure that organizations have faultless access to their systems is placed on Network Administrators. They must ensure that servers supplying mission-critical applications are functioning and that the entire network connecting the data to a multitude of users remains functional. When networks crash, so do productivity and profits. And, the longer a network is down, the greater the impact on the enterprise.

Is Out-of-Band Management a software or hardware solution?

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Perle Secure Console Servers

Software management tools can be used for performance monitoring, and some remote troubleshooting but, they only work when the network is up. During system or network outages, a Console Server is a single hardware solution that provides secure OOBM to monitor IT assets and devices from multiple vendors. The Console Server gives administrators access to multiple USB or RS232 console ports from anywhere, anytime, and any platform, as if they were locally connected through a direct serial console port connection. They can be used to reconfigure, reboot, and reimage remotely across the internet or WANs. Disruption and downtime are minimized by providing better visibility of the physical environment and the physical status of equipment. This ensures business continuity through improved uptime and efficiencies.

What alternate access methods do Console Servers provide?

A Console Server will generally provide one, or more, of the following access methods.

  1. Redundant copper and fiber Ethernet network access. Any dual combination of 10/100/1000Base-T Copper Ports and 100/1000Base-X SFP Fiber Ports can be used to meet unique network access requirements. This design provides users with a flexible, cost-effective solution to transmit data from mission-critical equipment over Copper or Fiber-based Ethernet networks.
  2. Built-in high-speed 4G LTE with HSPA+, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS/GSM fallback networks to protect against wired LAN failure. It can also be used to transmit serial data or establish a direct serial to serial peer connection, over cellular networks. This is ideal when devices are located where hardwired Ethernet connections are not available but cellular networks, with their affordable data packages, are accessible.
  3. Built-in WiFi network access over dual-band radio antennas for optimal wireless performance, signal reliability, and range.
  4. Integrated V.92 modem connection for a secure and reliable out-of-band connection over the POTS network.

For optimal uptime, it is best to choose a Console Server with multiple access methods, fail-over to OOBM, and fail-back to the primary network.

How secure is using a Console Server for Out-of-Band Management?

While device management through the out-of-band management connection can be done via a network connection, it is physically separate from the “in-band” network connection that the system is serving. Unauthorized users do not have access to the out-of-band network channel because there is no connection to it from the regular network channel, making it very secure. It is best practice to choose a Console Server that offers high-level security features for secure access to critical network devices. Considerations include:

  • Strong authentication schemes such as RADIUS, TACACS+, LDAP, Kerberos, NIS, and RSA to comply with existing network security policies
  • Built-in usernames and passwords and support for encryption protocols such as SSH, SSL/TLS, IPSec VPN, SNMPv3, Telnet, and HTTPS for secure management sessions
  • Packet filtering to ensure the Console Server can be kept secure from unauthorized access
  • Support SLIP and PPP for remote user dial-in

What about the cost?

Using a Console Server for out-of-band management leads to cost reduction. Numerous studies can be found that show the average annual downtime cost to an organization can be more than $1 million. Depending on the size of your organization downtime cost can range anywhere from $10,000 to $5M per hour.

Console Servers maximize system administrators’ productivity. A single interface provides them with simultaneous connectivity to multiple appliances and system consoles from any location. Most Console Servers offer Port Buffers of varying sizes to ensure data from the attached devices is not lost. Without Port Buffers, any data sent from a device, while an administrator is not attached, is lost. With Port Buffers this data is captured and can be viewed later to aid in problem diagnosis. Cost savings come from:

  1. The ability to continually support sales and payment transactions.
  2. Saving administrators’ valuable time and costs.
  3. Minimizing expensive training.
  4. Reduced HR and travel costs.

Why Choose a Perle Console Server for Out-of-Band Management?

  • Up to 50 Console Management Ports that support RS232 RJ45 and USB 3.0 Interfaces
  • Dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection for always-on redundant copper and SFP fiber network access with automatic failover when a primary link goes down
  • Optionally integrated 4G LTE Cellular (with failback support), WiFi, or V.92 modem for multiple alternate access methods when the network is down
  • Built-in Centralized Management Software consolidates your network and IT infrastructure into a single application and provides secure reliable access and visibility during normal operations and critical network failures.
  • Support for all AAA security services used in corporate networks, including TACACS+, RADIUS, LDAP, Kerberos, NIS, and RSA. And, to further protect IDs and passwords from someone ‘snooping’ on the network, SSH/SSL/TLS, IPSec VPN, SNMPv3, Telnet, and HTTPS secure management sessions are supported.
  • Straight cabling to Cisco switches, routers and firewalls save time and money during install.
  • Perle Console Servers are made from certified components with high MTBF rates that can withstand the harshest environments. An open-source platform and enterprise-grade security ensure you have the best value in one box. Also, we provide the best-in-class Lifetime Warranty.

What do users like about IOLAN SCG Console Servers for OOBM?

"It is so easy to mix and match the USB 3.0 and RS232 RJ45 interface modules to have the right ports I need to manage all of my equipment."

"It is so easy to mix and match the USB 3.0 and RS232 RJ45 interface modules to have the right ports I need to manage all of my equipment."

"Finally, a Console Server that allows me to use straight-through patch cables to Cisco equipment! No more adapters, dongles, or special cables cluttering up my racks."

"No matter where I install a Perle IOLAN, I know it will have the right AAA security and encryption protocols to meet the corporate compliance policies."

"I love the Front-Panel Display and Keyboard. With a quick IP address set-up, the unit is up and running. It is also a convenient way to monitor and trouble-shoot the RS232, USB, Ethernet and dual power supply activity."

Secure Clustering Centralize Out-of-Band Management for IT infrastructure

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Secure Clustering Centralize Out-of-Band Management for IT infrastructure

Large enterprises, service providers, and data centers could have hundreds of console servers connected to thousands of servers, switches, and routers across multiple sites. To simplify management and respond more swiftly to issues, network administrators require access to all console ports via a single portal view from any web-enabled device. Perle’s built-in Clustering Software centralizes all your network and IT infrastructure into a single application and provides secure reliable access and visibility during normal operations and critical network failures. Scalable to suit any business requirement, Clustering Centralized Management reduces human error and guarantees repeatability.

  • No annual licences fees. No additional hardware required
  • This central network hub and management portal for Perle IOLAN Console Servers provide a resilient management resource
  • Scalable administration from provisioning to routine operations and disaster recovery
  • Seamless, always-available connectivity, over LAN or remotely over WAN
  • Centralized, secure, end-to-end out-of-band management
  • Access managed devices by name, regardless of how they are connected
  • Purpose-built to give 24/7 console access to any device during network meltdowns
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Perle Systems LTE Secure Console Server

Centralized out-of-band management for IT infrastructure provides access and visibility during critical failures

By defining a master IOLAN Console Server (or for resiliency a second one), multiple slave IOLANs can be configured to form a single secure Console Server cluster. This presents a complete view of all ports associated across Master and slave units. There is no need to remember what is the IP address of the console server that is associated with the target console port. This saves the administrator valuable time to expedite problem resolution. Access to the IOLAN cluster view can be accomplished through the IOLAN’s EasyPort Web with an internet browser or CLI based EasyPort though a Telnet or SSH application. The easy-to-use interface enables users to quickly segment the nodes on their network regardless of size. Simple role-based permissions and node association ensures the right access levels to all users.

Secure Clustering

Secure Clustering and Dual Network Access

Perle Systems IRG5140+ LTE Router for Primary or Failover Connectivity with OOB Management

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Perle Systems IRG5140+ LTE Router for Primary or Failover Connectivity with OOB Management

The Perle IRG5140+ LTE Router has the most comprehensive set of features, functionality, and performance to provide primary or failover back-up connectivity to remote infrastructure and assets. This DIN Rail mountable, rugged, high-performance Cellular Router, with dual-SIM slots, is easily deployed with no need for training because of the intuitive web GUI. For advanced admin scrips, CLI commands are also available.

The IRG5140+ LTE Router provides fast and reliable network connectivity where wired options are impossible to deploy or require a backup. This is crucial for enabling a wide range of applications while ensuring the highest degree of security to protect the integrity of critical services. Reduce the cost of downtime and service calls, and bringing distributed sites online faster. With support for Data, SMS, Voice, and Video, the IRG5140+ and can be integrated into any enterprise cloud, building, industrial, or mobile location network infrastructure.

  • Building and process automation controllers, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Smart grid assets (meters, switches, controllers), Telco infrastructure controllers
  • SCADA, Distribution management systems, Remote data loggers, flow meters, sensing equipment
  • Digital signage, ATMs, POS, Kiosks, Temporary “pop-up” stores
  • Video surveillance, Mobile hotspots
  • Fleet management, GPS/GNSS Location tracking, Taxis, vehicle area networking (VAN)
  • Transit systems, Buses, Metro Subways, Railways
LTE Router for Primary or Failover Connectivity

LTE Failover & Out of Band Management with “Four-Nines” (99.99% Up-time)

When the wired link is down, network access can be maintained with automatic failover to LTE. There are several ways to determine with the Primary WAN is down. One example, is to use the Health Monitoring function where the IRG5140 will ping a destination IP through the primary route. If there is no response, the IRG5140 router will initiate a direct connection using the back-up LTE route. The relatively low cost of LTE for business continuity means a greater return on investment and scalability for multiple locations that have limited IT resources. By deploying Perle IRG5140 LTE Routers, businesses will have on-demand network connectivity that is quick to deploy, simple to manage, and ensures maximum uptime.

Primary Router Deployments

For pop-up stores or branch locations with limited IT resources, the IRG5140 Router is an easy to deploy solution. This single box will function as an LTE Router and a 4-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet Switch. IPv4 and IPv6 is supported on both the WAN and LAN sides.

PCI Compliant LTE Failover

The credit card industry requires retailers to comply with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard to maintain a secure environment when processing payment card transactions. For these transactions, a Perle IRG5140 Router acts as a wireless data conduit (Gateway) for routers and POS (point-of-sale-terminals) that have been configured for PCI compliance. The USBnet is on a different subnet from the point-of-sale-terminal. All security protocols must be established from the point-of-sale terminal to the payment processor. Payment card terminals must be on a dedicated LAN or VLAN. The Perle IRG5140 Router configured on gateway mode must be connected to a router that is configured for PCI compliance.

FEATURES

Cellular Band Operation Certified Worldwide over 4G LTE, DC-HSPA+, HSPA+, HSPA, and UMTS (WCDMA)

The Perle IRG5140+ Router is LTE-A PRO CAT12 with 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink speeds. 24x LTE Bands and 9x UMTS/WCDMA Bands are support for extensive carrier compatibility.

An Edge Router with Enterprise-Grade Routing Capabilities

The IRG5140+ router has all the of the advance routing functionality found in the most advanced enterprise routers. Extensive protocol routing support means it can be easily deployed in hierarchical or large mesh network structures. A fast CPU and lots of memory ensure the router can handle a consistent and heavy workload all day long.

  • RIP, RIPv2, RIPng, OSPFv1/2/3, BGP-4
  • When BGP peering with multiple ISPs, the IRG5140 delivers carrier-grade routing performance that is capable of handling the full internet routing table
  • IPv4 & IPv6
  • OpenVPN & IPSec VPN
  • DHCP & DHCPv6
  • IP Passthrough for deployments requiring the router to operate in Gateway or Bridge mode
  • Route between any interface (LTE, Ethernet, or USB)
  • Reduce unwanted network traffic by creating collision and/or broadcast domains

Integrated Zone-Based Policy Firewall

The IRG5140 built-in firewall offers intuitive policies for multiple-interface routers to protect inside networks from unauthorized access by users on an outside network. The firewall also protects inside networks from each other, for example, by keeping a human resources network separate from a user network. If there are network resources that need to be available to an outside user, such as a web or FTP server, these resources can be placed on a separate network behind the firewall, in a demilitarized zone (DMZ). The firewall will allow limited access to the DMZ, but because the DMZ only includes the public servers, any attacks there will not affect the inside network. The firewall controls when inside users access outside networks (for example, access to the Internet), by allowing only certain addresses out, by requiring authentication or authorization, or by coordinating with an external URL filtering server. A deny-all (blacklist) policy can be used to prohibit traffic between firewall security zones until an explicit policy is applied to allow desirable traffic. Router ports are assigned to zones and firewall inspection policies are applied to traffic moving between the zones. Firewall inter-zone policies come with considerable flexibility and granularity so that different firewall inspection policies can be applied to the same router port.

Enhanced Security with 2 Factor Authentication

With multiple concurrent VPN sessions and 2 Factor Authentication, the IRG5140+ LTE Router enables secure communications to multiple back-end systems.

  • Remote authentication (RADIUS, TACACS+) management, integrates with enterprise-grade systems to control access to devices in the field.
  • Software image CRC control protects the software upgrade process against unwanted software corruption and malware
  • High-speed OpenVPN, IP Security (IPsec), Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES), and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption for data privacy over the Internet.
  • Intrusion prevention enforces security policies in a large enterprise or service provider networks.

GPS / Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Included

GPS and GNSS (Galileo, Glonass, and Beidou) are included by default in the IRG5140+ Router. This enables real-time location tracking of remote assets. Also, you can get real-time network clock updates in the router, or any attached equipment, for accurate time-stamp usage in time-sensitive applications.

Cutting-edge design certified for a wide range of deployment scenarios

High-performance components and features enable customers to take advantage of broadband network speeds while running secure concurrent data, voice, and video services. The IRG5140+ router has high MTBF rates because it is developed with certified high-end components to provide superior reliability and uninterrupted operation.

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Colorado Springs power city-wide Security Cameras with Perle PoE Switches

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Colorado Springs power city-wide Security Cameras with Perle PoE Switches

A good security camera surveillance system acts as a deterrent to crime. A great security camera surveillance system provides law enforcement with high resolution video and pictures that enable them to catch and prosecute the criminals that were not deterred. To do this, high quality IP cameras need to be strategically located throughout areas that require surveillance. These locations (the  top of a light pole or the side of a building) will rarely be conveniently located near an AC or DC power source. In addition, they will commonly be located more than 100 meters apart, the maximum data transmission distance for copper-based Ethernet. This is when surveillance system technicians, designers and installers will reach for a  PoE Media Converter or PoE Switch.

PoE Media Converter
Perle PoE ethernet switch

Mark Damon, Enterprise Architect for the City of Colorado Springs, found himself troubleshooting this exact scenario. He comments, “The existing system certainly acted as a deterrent to crime, however, the pixilation on the zoom of the analog camera was terrible. To install the latest cutting-edge surveillance system, with high resolution zoom capabilities, we needed to move to an IP based system. This meant we had to pretty much change everything.” 

PoE cameras were being installed at tactical locations through-out the city. The City needed a solution that would provide power to the IP cameras as well as copper to fiber conversion for data transmission. And, even though all equipment would be installed inside NEMA outdoor enclosures, it still needed to be rated to operate in temperatures of -40°C to +75°C as a safeguard from the cold winters and hot summers of Colorado Springs.

Damon was initially interested in Perle PoE Media Converters as they would fulfill all of his requirements. However, as he learned more about the broad range of Perle product offerings, he took one more thing into consideration future installation of additional equipment. He comments, “The previous installation left us limited with connectivity to a single device. It was important to prepare for the future as I can see more gear like access points and additional cameras going up.”

Damon ultimately decided to install Perle IDS PoE Switches. They would operate in temperatures of -40°C to +75°C, provide IEEE 802.3af/at compliant power to the IP cameras, perform copper to fiber conversion for data transmission and, have three additional Ethernet ports for future expansion of additional PoE cameras, wireless access points, or other equipment. The Perle Switches are powered by an Industrial DIN Rail Power Supply.

Damon concludes,  “ The whole installation has been working great. The city arrested half a dozen people the first weekend after the new system was deployed.”

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Perle Systems IRG5000 LTE Routers & Gateways for M2M and IIoT

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Perle Systems IRG5000 LTE Routers & Gateways for M2M and IIoT

IRG5000 LTE Routers have been designed to withstand the harsh and hazardous environments found in factories, smart grids, pipelines, mining, smart city infrastructure, IP camera surveillance systems, and automation and control systems. Certified for operation on 33 LTE bands internationally, with speeds up to 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink, Perle IRG5000 Industrial Routers solve connectivity challenges in a wide variety of M2M and IIoT applications.

Whether connecting industrial equipment, remote data loggers, or sensing devices to process IoT data at the edge, or routing data in rugged outdoor environments for mass transit and industrial applications, Perle IRG5000 LTE Routers accelerate deployment of high-performance cellular networking with secure connectivity, location-based services, and remote management.

IRG5000 LTE Routers have been designed with the high-quality and robust components that will withstand these harsh and hazardous environments.

  • Rugged die-cast aluminum IP54 enclosures for dust & water ingress or corrosion resistant IP20 aluminum cases.
  • Shock and vibration resistance certified to MIL-STD-810G, SAE J1455 & EN 61373.
  • Hazloc per IECEx/IECx, ATEX, & ANSI/ISA Class 1 Div 2.
  • -40°C to 70°C operating temperature.
  • Network connectivity via LTE, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 3.2, and Serial
    RS232, RS485, Alarm Relay, and multiple I/O to connect equipment
Enterprise-Class Edge Cellular Routers & Gateways

Easily configure as a Router, Gateway or Bridge

Perle IRG5000 Industrial LTE Routers are ideal for deployment in factories, smart grids, pipelines, mining, smart city infrastructure, IP camera surveillance systems, and automation and control systems to intelligently manage and monitor remote assets, machinery, and critical infrastructure.

With support for a broad range of protocols, including Modbus and DNP3, the IRG5000 Routers will extend the total life of equipment. Designed to operate on limited power sources by consuming less than 1 Watt in idle mode also make the IRG5000 ideal for battery and solar applications. Standby Mode can also be used to protect power sources by dropping power consumption to less than 50 mW. This can be triggered by timers, low voltage detection, or I/O. And, IRG5000 Routers work with the existing power infrastructure in 2G/3G deployments that are migrating to LTE to eliminate the need to invest in replacement equipment.

With extensive protocol routing support (RIP, OSPF, BGP-4, IPv4, IPv6, OpenVPN, IPSec VPN, and DHCP), integrated zone-based policy firewall, 2 Factor Authentication, and remote authentication (RADIUS, TACACS+) management, IRG5000 Industrial LTE Routers will integrate seamlessly with enterprise-grade systems in hierarchical or large mesh network structures to control access to devices in the field and protect inside networks from unauthorized access.

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New products from Perle Systems – IRG5000 LTE Routers & Gateways

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New products from Perle Systems – IRG5000 LTE Routers & Gateways

Enterprise-Class Edge Cellular Routers & Gateways.

IRG5000 LTE Routers are the most advanced Enterprise-Class Edge routers in their class. Using the latest Dual Core Cortex-A53 64bit ARMv8 1.2GHz microprocessor, they have more processing power than any other product on the market. Certified for operation on 33 LTE bands internationally, and speeds up to 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink, Perle IRG5000 Routers solve connectivity challenges in a wide variety of applications.

All advanced features and functionality are included in the base price of the product, with no additional costs or fees. Whether a user needs primary or back-up LTE coverage for business critical equipment, LTE network access for IoT/M2M applications such as IP camera surveillance systems, digital signage, or smart lockers, or to process IoT data at the edge by connecting industrial equipment, remote data loggers, or sensing devices, there is an IRG5000 LTE Router to address their need.

Enterprise-Class Edge Cellular Routers & Gateways
  • 1-port, 2-port, or 4-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Network connectivity via LTE, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 3.2, and Serial
  • RS232, RS485, Alarm Relay, and multiple I/O to connect equipment
  • Integrated GPS and GNSS (Galileo, Glonass, and Beidou) for real-time location tracking of remote assets and real-time network clock updates.
  • Rugged die-cast aluminum IP54 enclosures for dust & water ingress or corrosion resistant IP20 aluminum cases.
  • -40°C to 70°C operating temperatures
  • Dual-SIM LTE Failover
  • Models with Dual-band Wi-Fi can act as an access point or client
  • Ultra-Low-Power consuming less than 1 Watt in idle mode and 53mW in standby mode
  • High MTBF rates, Class 1 Div 2, shock, and vibration resistant certification

With extensive protocol routing support (RIP, OSPF, BGP-4, IPv4, IPv6, OpenVPN, IPSec VPN, and DHCP), integrated zone-based policy firewall, 2 Factor Authentication, and remote authentication (RADIUS, TACACS+) management, IRG5000 Industrial LTE Routers will integrate seamlessly with enterprise-grade systems in hierarchical or large mesh network structures to control access to devices in the field and protect inside networks from unauthorized users.

IRG5000 LTE Routers for LTE failover and out-of-band management

Imagine a small office, restaurant, retail store, kiosk, construction site, or any temporary location, that has the typical 99.5% landline availability. The 0.5% annual downtime can cost them more than $1 million.

Perle IRG5000 LTE Routers, with Dual-SIM failover, can provide the primary or back-up LTE coverage for business-critical equipment to ensure customers continue to be served. When the wired link is down, network access can be maintained with automatic failover to LTE. There are several ways to determine when the Primary WAN is down. For example, the IRG5000 Health Monitoring function will ping a destination IP through the primary route. If there is no response, the IRG5000 router will initiate a direct connection using the back-up LTE route. With numerous conditions that can be configured to automatically trigger a failover, the IRG5000 LTE Router is an ideal backup solution.

IRG5500 LTE Routers as a primary router solution

For pop-up stores or branch locations, IRG5500 Routers with Dual-band Wi-Fi, are an easy to install “all-in-one” solution. This single box will function as an LTE Router, two-port or four-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet Switch, and Wi-Fi Access Point that allows up to 128 clients to work simultaneously.

With 16 concurrent VPN sessions and 3DES encryption, Perle IRG5000 routers ensure data privacy and secure communications to multiple back-end systems. And, end-to-end protection of the software upgrade process protects devices against unwanted malware.
The relatively low cost of LTE for business continuity means a greater return on investment and scalability for multiple locations that have limited IT resources. By deploying Perle IRG5000 LTE Routers, businesses will have on-demand network connectivity that is quick to set-up, simple to manage and ensures maximum uptime.

Secure and Cisco Compatible Media Converters from Perle Systems

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Secure and Cisco Compatible Media Converters from Perle Systems

Link Fiber and Copper Networks

Media Converters are used to easily connect two different types of devices or networks together. While linking copper and fiber networks together is the common application, Fiber Media Converters also enable users to join together two multimode networks or link multimode to single mode for longer data transmission distances. Media Converters are also the perfect solution to convert and extend various types of data signals throughout your network.

Copper to Fiber, Fiber to Fiber and SFP-to-SFP media converters

The quality of Media Converter that you choose will affect the uptime of your network:

Robust Media Converter

Choose a Media Converter that is made from certified components that can withstand the harshest environments and operating temperature ranges of -40°F to 167°F ( -40°C to 75°C ).

Cisco Compatible Media Converter

Perle Media Converters are compatible with Cisco switches and routers. As a key component in the reliability and stability of your network, you need dependable Media Converters with seamless interoperability.

Reliable Media Converter

Most Media Converter manufacturers do not publish (or make very difficult to find) their MTBF’s. Perle is proud to publish the high MTBF rates on the Hardware Specs for each product. In addition, we provide the best-in-class Warranty.

Secure Media Converter

Perle Secure Media Converters support all AAA security services used in corporate networks, including TACACS+, RADIUS, LDAP, Kerberos, NIS and RSA. And, to further protect ID’s and passwords from someone ‘snooping’ on the network, SSH, SNMPv3, Telnet and HTTPS secure management sessions are supported.

Fiber to Ethernet Converters use a copper transceiver to transform the signal from a UTP / RJ45 Ethernet link to one that can be used by a fiber optic transceiver. These Media Converters are used to enable connections of UTP copper-based Ethernet equipment to various optical fiber cable such as multimode, single mode, or single strand fiber.

To convert Single Mode to Multimode, or extend a Multimode network, Fiber to Fiber Media Converters are the devices to use. They are the ideal solution to connect different fiber types, distances and wavelengths (WDM, CWDM & DWDM) across a variety of topologies and network architectures for longer data transmission distances.

Perle SFP to SFP protocol-independent media converters enable network administrators to incorporate multiple fiber types and wavelengths in, or between, networks. Numerous fiber to fiber mode conversion applications are possible and all result in significant cost saving when compared to replacing an optical blade on network equipment.

PoE Media Converters transparently connect copper to fiber while providing up to 100W Power over Ethernet (PoE) to devices such as IP cameras, VoIP phones and wireless access points.

Secure Data Center & IT Infrastructure Manager from Perle Systems

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Secure Data Center & IT Infrastructure Manager from Perle Systems

A Console Server, provides secure remote console management of any device with a serial or USB console port, including Cisco routers, switches and firewalls, Servers, PBXs and more. It is a single hardware solution that provides a secure alternate route to monitor IT, networking, security and power devices from multiple vendors.

While software management tools can be used for performance monitoring, and some remote troubleshooting, they only work when the network is up. A Console Server, commonly used as an Out-of-Band Management Solution, ensures that on-site infrastructure is accessible, even during system or network outages. They can be used to reconfigure, reboot and reimage remotely across the internet or WANs. Disruption and downtime are minimized by providing better visibility of the physical environment and the physical status of equipment. This ensure business continuity through improved uptime and efficiencies.

Perle IOLAN SCG L secure console server

IOLAN SCG Secure Console Server

A Perle IOLAN Console Server gives your data center managers, IT professionals and network operations center (NOC) personnel the only serial console server on the market with all of the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world. They are also the ideal solution for large distributed enterprises with multiple branches— such as banks, insurance companies, hospitals, utilities, retail and school systems— that may not have IT staff on-site.

  • 18, 34 or 50 Console Management Ports
  • Modular design supports RS232 RJ45 and USB 3.0 Interfaces
  • Dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection for always-on redundant copper and SFP fiber network access with automatic failover when primary link goes down
  • Optionally integrated 4G LTE Cellular (with failback support), WiFi or V.92 modem for multiple alternate access methods when the network is down
  • Built-in Centralized Management Software consolidates network and IT infrastructure into a single application for access and visibility
  • Advanced AAA security and SSH/SSL encryption to meet all data center compliance policies and seamless integration with your existing IT & network management systems

What do users love about the IOLAN SCG Console Servers?

“It is so easy to mix and match the USB 3.0 and RS232 RJ45 interface modules to have the right ports I need to manage all of my equipment.”

“Finally, a Console Server that allows me to use straight-through patch cables to Cisco equipment! No more adapters, dongles or special cables cluttering up my racks.”

“Perle’s built-in Clustering Software gives me everything I need for centralized management with no annual licence fee and no additional hardware.”

“No matter where I install a Perle IOLAN, I know it will have the right AAA security and encryption protocols to meet the corporate compliance policies.”

“I love the Front-Panel Display and Keyboard. With a quick IP address set-up the unit is up and running. It is also a convenient way to monitor and trouble-shoot the RS232, USB, Ethernet and dual power supply activity.”

Link to product pages: Secure Console Servers