How IXM impacts traditional network installation

IXM Technology
To increase efficiency in modern industrial network installation, the fast deployment and flexibility of network topology is a goal. But the reality is upgrading firmware and setting the configuration of a large number of devices can be challenging for both IT and system integrators.

Currently in an industrial IT network, administrators need to configure each device based on his or her knowledge. The engineer also needs to set up the virtual local area network (VLAN) or network management protocols in each switch. With multiple groups of switches, it’s a time consuming and challenging task — not an ideal situation.

There is no existing protocol standard for fast deployment and easy maintenance of managed Ethernet switches. IXM™ technology, introduced by B+B SmartWorx Powered by Advantech, attempts to take on these deployment and configuration challenges.

The goal of IXM technology is to solve issues users have with current network configuration, management and maintenance pain points.

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The eWorx SE500 Series of managed Ethernet switches with embedded IXM™ technology provides a cross management and fast deployment function. This allows SE500 managed switches to upgrade firmware and restore configuration more efficiently and with greater ease. The configuration tools are built-in. The software is on the switch and accessible with a simple network connection. 

IXM technology allows the assignment of a fixed range of IP addresses to many devices at the same time. Without IXM, administrators have to install the network utility first, and then check to make sure there are no extra issues, such as operating system dependence or revision issues.

For example, when assigning IP addresses the admin may need to deploy a fixed configuration to each device individually. But when utilizing IXM-supported devices, the administrator can simply copy the configuration from one device to the others in a synchronization process.

The SYNC mode performs a synchronization of industrial device configurations and firmware from one to many. A batch process is performed automatically with the press of a button, saving installation time.

Another benefit of deployment with IXM technology is the ease of firmware synchronization. The administrator chooses the firmware location and target devices, then performs the firmware upgrade.

Without countlessly revising utilities and a clunky network management system, IXM technology accomplishes the quick installation of any topology, especially when dealing with a messy combination of network devices.


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