Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, projects are implemented in many countries today. In this context, network communication gains importance as part of the digital network. Compared to commercial switch, the industrial Ethernet switch can provide reliable, stable and safe network communication in complex industrial environments. But how to recognize whether it’s an industrial switch?

Electromagnetic Environment

Industrial switch has strong anti-electromagnetic interference capabilities, it can work for long-term applications in harsh environments and reduce the need of maintenance.


Industrial switch components have higher requirements for selection and should be better adapted to the needs of industrial production sites.

Mechanical Environment

Industrial switch can better adapt to harsh mechanical environments, including vibration, shock, corrosion, dust and water.


Industrial switch is better suited to poorer climates, including temperature and humidity.

Operating Voltage

Industrial switch has a wide operating voltage range, and commercial switch requires higher voltages.

Power Supply Design

Commercial switch is basically single-supply, while industrial switch power supply is generally dual-power backup.

Installation Method

Industrial switch can be installed in DIN rails and racks. Commercial switch is generally rack and desktop.

Cooling Method

Industrial switch generally use a fanless enclosure for heat dissipation, while commercial switch is fan-distributed.

In summary, an industrial Ethernet switch provides network determinism for industrial control applications, and provides the most cost-effective solution for industrial environments by reducing the need of maintenance.