Microchip’s New Power over Ethernet (PoE) Switch Protects Your Outdoor Electronics

Microchip Technology Inc. has released the PDS-204GCO, an advanced Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch designed for outdoor use in smart buildings and cities. The PDS-204GCO is the next-generation solution of the PDS-104GO and offers increased cyber protection and redundancy, making it suitable for mission-critical applications with long-distance connectivity.

The PDS-204GCO complies with high outdoor industry standards and is designed for easy and safe installation. The switch supports the IEEE 802.3bt (Type-4) standard and includes four PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports and two Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) fiber links, each supporting 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) or 2.5 Gbps speeds. The fiber links can be used as optical uplink ports for surveillance cameras and as a redundant uplink path to increase network availability.

In addition to providing reliable network connectivity, the PDS-204GCO offers cybersecurity features to protect the data traffic transmitted within the switch and the switch’s system management. These features include endpoint device authentication and authorization, manual switch-traffic policy management, and Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention. The switch also secures web browsing using self-signed or Certificate Authority (CA)-signed certifications and user authentication and authorization by remote servers using RADIUS or TACACS+ security mechanisms.

The PDS-204GCO’s multiple network topologies enable easy extension of the reach from the main central switches while reducing the number of optical cables directly connected to each device. The switch is based on Microchip’s VSC7514 10-port industrial Ethernet switch, VCS6817 IStaX software package, and PoE integrated circuits.

The PDS-204GCO switch is suitable for outdoor applications, including public Wi-Fi® and video surveillance, as well as connected streetlights that require better reliability and cybersecurity protection. The switch is available for purchase at Microchip’s Purchasing and Client Services website for a unit price of $1,397. Customers can also contact a Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor for additional information or to purchase.

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