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Comtrol Releases Managed 9-Gigabit Port Switch for Traffic and Industrial-Grade Networks

MINNEAPOLIS,Minnesota — August 9, 2011Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today announced the release of the RocketLinx ES8509-XT to its industrial switch product line. The RocketLinx ES8509-XT is a fully managed industrial-grade switch equipped with four 10/100/1000BASE-TX RJ45 ports and five Gigabit RJ45/SFP combo (10/100/1000BASE-TX, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-X) ports. Each combo port delivers a flexible connection – 10/100/1000Mbps copper or variable distance multi-mode or single-mode fiber. By selecting the appropriate fiber transceivers, the RocketLinx ES8509-XT offers the flexibility to meet your industrial application requirements with virtually any transmission distance.

The RocketLinx ES8509-XT is housed in a rigid, IP31 rated aluminum enclosure which features an excellent heat dispersing mechanical design and a wide -40° to +75°C, NEMA TS2 certified operating temperature. The embedded software supports full Layer 2 management features, multi-form ring redundancy, network control, monitoring, security and notification.

“Comtrol developed the new RocketLinx ES8509-XT to assist our customers in the Traffic and Transportation, Security, and Energy industries with their evolving data communications needs. This managed switch will help our customers connect and manage all of the new Ethernet-based controllers and devices that now require more bandwidth as applications become more complex, and remote-monitoring becomes more important,” says Bradford Beale, President of Comtrol Corporation, “By including a wide array of Gigabit copper and fiber connections, the ES8509-XT provides our customers with the greatest versatility to meet the varied communication requirements encountered in today’s industrial applications.”

With industry leading management features, rugged industrial design, and NEMA TS2 certification, the RocketLinx ES8509-XT provides the perfect foundation for supporting industrial Ethernet networks and transportation infrastructures. By supporting five SFP/combo ports, the ES8509-XT dramatically improves both performance and flexibility compared to switches with fewer Gigabit RJ45/SPF ports or built-in dedicated fiber ports. The flexible connection that each ES8509-XT combo port delivers can be tailored to the unique circumstances of each network and project.

About Comtrol Corporation

Comtrol Corporation is an expert device connectivity manufacturer and provider of networking products, specializing in industrial Ethernet gateways and intelligent embedded device connectivity products.These products support a wide range of enterprise, industrial, security, power utility, and traffic automation applications. The company’s RocketPort multi‐port serial cards, DeviceMaster Ethernet device servers, and RocketLinx industrial grade Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switch product lines are sold through regional, national, and international distributors and by thousands of resellers and integrators worldwide. For more information, contact Comtrol Corporation at 800‐926‐6876 or visit