A product category of Phoenix Contact that creates added value to the company on the market is the Switch family. Today we will talk about a specific switch: FL NAT 2000.
What is the NAT?
NAT is the acronym of Network Address Translation, which is a routing process in which information on the IP address is translated into another IP address. Both addresses are typically sub-networks or different segments that Layer3 devices like the new 2000 series easily support.
Where is the use of a NAT most required?
- Builders of LGVs / AGVs systems
- Palletizing systems
- Packaging machines
Who produces these types of machines can take a big advantage using NAT: produce the same machines with the same IP address without bothering to configure the customer’s network in a personalized manner. The machine network is in fact integrated into the company network.
NAT FL 2000 has a high flexibility of LAN and WAN ports. Without an additional switch, in fact, you can use NAT 2000 as a simple NAT switch with a WLAN port and seven LAN ports. Alternatively, you can use the switch to connect a machine to multiple higher level networks (for example production and diagnostic networks).
Additional features include WLAN redundancy management, Profinet and Ethernet/IP support and compact size. For redundant connection to higher level WAN interfaces, you can integrate NAT 2000 with two WAN ports in an RSTP ring. On the VAN side it is possible to use both RTSP and MRP as master or client to redundantly connect parts of a machine to the NAT Switch.
Why is this a smart solution?
Because the Switch with NAT routing function combines the Switching and Routing functions in a single DIN rail device.
Find out more about NAT Switch HERE