Never Visit a Customer Just for a Power Cycle Again
At some time or other we have all had to go to a customer’s site just to power cycle a device or devices. To realize our vision of being able to manage customer projects remotely and give our partners more power over installations we worked with one of Taiwan’s most experienced and best manufacturers of Ruggedized Industrial Switches, and asked them to make a special version for us that could be reliably and securely controlled over MxMSP™/IPTechView™. We called it the IPTechView™ Powerline (IPT-0802-POE).
Since we believe in eating our own gourmet creations we started using the new switches in-house ASAP as a practical stress test. We build an internal fiber ring to manage all critical links between our demo room area, storage server demo area (Overland and QNAP units), server room with router and main switch bank, our main fibre demarcation and our management office track, all in all handling the traffic of about 50 in-house MOBOTIX cameras, several PBXs and a couple hundred IP phones in the building. Our switches worked flawlessly and we regularly power cycle our access points and some other devices after upgrading their firmware or for testing.
We also followed our internal testing with a remote deployment about a year ago for a project to manage a vacation home that was many hours by plane away. It has a set of remote cameras, access points, a GSM/LTE based Kentix Alarm Manager and some MultiSensors for temperature, humidity, early fire warning and water leakage. We’ve been able to communicate with the unit at all times - even after several power outages and brownouts. The remote power cycle has helped update firmware and clarify some issues when we needed to be sure of the status of a device. Since then, we’ve started using IPT-0802-POE units in our team’s homes in Texas attics and have been giving a few units as prizes to our TOP BETA customers that won certain levels like the largest MOBOTIX deployments, highest amount of users accounts on MxMSP™ and for the most equipment - divers solution (combining, surveillance, access control, telephony, company internet and wireless access, etc.). After additional months of further usage with no failures, we know we are ready to go live and start selling our new IPTechView™ Powerline Switches.
The new IPT-0802-POE units are now out and are being sold as a kit along with a power supply and DIN Rail just to make our partners’ lives easier. This unit has 8 PoE ports that support 802.11 AF & AT and can go up to a total power budget of 240W, 2 Gig Ethernet uplinks and 2 SFPs for fiber ring. The new MxMSP™ Cloud Managed switch allows for full remote configuration including VLANS, power budget related settings, timers, limit the use for switch to listed MACs and many other security features.
But the best part is the price. The full set including the power supply is $496 MSRP - which is not more than a regular ruggedized Industrial PoE switch yet offers so much more. The IPT-0802-POE comes with a 3 year warranty. Read the Full Data Sheet for more details.