Red Lion N-Tron Series 500 Ethernet Switch – Product Spotlight

Red Lion’s N-Tron Series 500 Ethernet Switch is a highly reliable, unmanaged industrial Ethernet switch designed for connecting Ethernet enabled industrial and security equipment. The 500 series is optimized to meet and exceed the most demanding industrial communication requirements while providing high throughput and minimum downtime.



Red Lion N-Tron Series 500 Ethernet Switches, now available at! Pictured is the 517FXE-ST-80 model, with 17 total (1 fiber) ports.


500-class Ethernet switches share many features with 100-class and 300-class switches, with the main differences being: ports available, MAC address support, and the addition of advanced management features.

Port configurations vary from 8 to 26 total ports. Models vary further with some combination of 10/100BaseTX RJ-25 ports and 100BaseFX ports to offer fiber optic support in select units.

10/100 ports are full/half duplex capable, using state-of-the-art Ethernet switching technology. Units can auto-negotiate the speed and flow control capabilities of TX port connections, configuring automatically. With this auto-sensing feature, there is no need to make wiring changes if connected equipment is upgraded. The switching technology automatically scales up or down to match specific network environments.

500-class switches with fiber optic support include one or more 100BaseFX ports for fast Ethernet uplink. These fiber based ports utilize industry standard ST or SC duplex connectors, depending on the model. A full 200 Mbps data transfer rate is achieved with the fiber port.

Each iteration of the 500 Ethernet switch supports a large range of MAC addresses, to support extremely sophisticated and complex network architectures. An 17-port unit, for example, can support up to 4,000 MAC addresses.

500-class switches offer several advanced management functions that can be configured using the COM port on the right side of the switch. These functions include:

  • IGMP Snooping
  • VLAN switch segmentation
  • QoS latency improvement
  • Trunking (link multiple physical ports together)
  • Port Mirroring
  • N-View OPC Switch Monitoring

Rugged, IP20 enclosures and extended operating environmental specifications ensure each switch can persist in the harsh industrial environment.

For more information about Red Lion’s N-Tron Series 500 Ethernet Switch, contact our experts today!


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