Pathport VIA10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Product Description:At last - a network switch that understands lighting - designed by a leader in lighting network technology.
The VIA10 is a 10 port + 1 layer 2/3 gigabit network switch with a host of industry specific features. The front panel LCD and encoder knob - a feature not found even on enterprise switches - provide easy configuration and status review, without need of a computer link or a web browser.
The Pathport VIA ships with a base configuration known to work with the vast majority of lighting systems. In the event of a management processor failure, the VIA will still function as an unmanaged switch.
A front panel LCD and encoder knob - something not found even on enterprise switches - allow the user to quickly review status information and to set configuration. IP addresses are quickly set without need of a serial connection or web browser, removing a common stumbling block when setting up a network. A rear-mounted SFP port acts as a 1GB fiber port (requires user-provided mini-GBIC connector).
A simple VLAN interface allows user with limited networking knowledge access to powerful routing tools. Link mode allows a user to force a slower connection speed - a useful workaround for poor wiring. With 60W of on-board PoE (power-over-Ethernet), up to 10 Class 1 PoE devices may be powered. PoE laoding can be adjusted or limited port-by-port.
All connected Pathport devices can be reviewed from the LCD, including the device name, IP settings, MAC address and serial number, and operating firmware version. Switch configuration and logging can be saved to external media via integrated SD and USB ports.
The VIA fills a long-standing need in the industry and, for the first time, allows the sourcing of a complete Ethernet-based lighting data distribution system from a single supplier.