In a relatively brief time, I have repeatedly seen industrial networks in which managed switches are purchased and implemented, but very few, if any, of the features that comprise the benefits of a managed switch are being used!
The good news here is that a lot of these Industrial Ethernet Switches or ‘IESes’ are Allen Bradley Stratix devices. Why is that good news? Well, the initial setup of a Stratix switch will run something very beneficial to you – what Rockwell calls a Global Macro.
A macro is a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task. The Global Macro is Rockwell’s “secret sauce” which implements multiple features for you, BY DEFAULT, AFTER INITIAL SETUP!
This “secret sauce” activates:
These are all outstanding features that are enabled just by setting up your Stratix using the Device Manager Express Setup!
But there are many more features underutilized by most people that are present and ready for you on your Stratix switch that require no additional expense – just a little bit of know-how!
TOP 5 FEATURES OF YOUR STRATIX DEVICE
5.SD Card backup is an option that, with the purchase of a supported memory card, one can reload the switch configuration based on the stored configuration on the SD card. This allows for fast and easy switch replacement based on the configurations you’ve previously synchronized and can really save yourself from prolonged downtime!
There are definitely a LOT more but the beauty of these are that they’re all easily and simply configurable through the Graphical User Interface (GUI) – Device Manager. There is no need to learn Command Line Interface (CLI) programming or to type esoteric commands into your switch!
As we keep building this blog, I hope to talk to you about some more advanced features in the future – namely things like REP (Resilient Ethernet Protocol), EtherChannel, Flex Links, and… did you know that your Stratix is capable of Static and Connected Routing?
A note I should make is that these features may vary depending on what type of firmware your switch has – Full (Advanced) firmware will have every feature listed – ‘Lite’ might not. Please check with your part number and/or consult with Rumsey to help make the determination on whether or not you can implement these features.
In any case, if you are the proud operator of a brand new Stratix device; or even if you have them but they’ve been sitting around and you don’t know if they’ve been configured correctly, you should definitely look into configuring and MANAGING that managed switch. there is an immense amount of power sitting there ready for you to harness, but you have to take the initiative to do it!