The Incredible Shrinking Managed Military-grade Ethernet Switch

By Caroline Rees / 01 Aug 2013

Military-grade Ethernet SwitchEthernet is rapidly becoming the standard for military and other rugged applications due to proven interoperability, reliability, and speed. The modularity and availability of small, interoperable components has opened up new applications, including the future digital soldier, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), and robots. An important concern in this deployment of IP-based technology is connectivity: how will the growing number of devices talk to each other in a way that enhances performance, portability, and reliability.

COTS switches are available with all of these capabilities but they are not rugged enough, require AC power, are too large, and weigh too much. In these highly mobile environments, every square inch of space, every ounce of weight, and every watt of power is critical.

WLANmall is proud to be the exclusive US distributor of the industry’s most innovative Ethernet switching solution available for these mobile applications. The new Techaya MILTECH 918 military-grade, COTS 8 port gigabit military Ethernet switch is a rugged, small, light, power-efficient switch that supports sophisticated switching applications.

With dimensions of 3.94” x 3.5” x 1.4”, it is slightly larger than a credit card and weighs only 0.86 lbs, the MILTECH 918 is ideally suited for connecting these small, interoperable IP-based components for UAV or tactical communications system applications such as video and sensor data acquisition and transmission.

The MILTECH 918 is the industry’s smalled managed Ethernet switch which is remotely programmable via Web or programmatic interfaces to allow pre- and dynamic configuration. In order to support band-width sensitive modern military and avionics applications,it supports quality of service, VLANs, spanning tree, and redundancy.

The MILTECH 918 features mechanical packaging enhancements designed for MIL-STD-810F/G/GM for airborne and ground environmental, MIL-STD 461E EMI compliance, and MIL-STD-1275 Electrical & 704 electrical compliance so it’s perfect for UAV or tactical communications systems needing high component reliability in rugged environments.

WLANMall will be featuring the MILTECH 918 the AUVSI show in Washington DC, Aug 13-15, booth #2553. If you are planning on attending AUVSI, drop them a note at [email protected].

For more information on miniaturized, ruggedized Ethernet switching in military applications, download WLANmall’s white paper.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact