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The Ultimate Firewall: Pathway M7394 Cat6 RJ45 Online/Offline Switch

August 30, 2022

Electro Standards Laboratories of Cranston, Rhode Island is an electronic products design and manufacturing business. Electro Standards has been in the electronics business over 45 years and has developed several product lines of cyber-physical electronic products throughout the years. The model 7394 is the newest addition to the PathWay product line and is certified for Cat6 compliance. This unit allows a quick connection or disconnection between two Cat6 RJ45 networks/devices and equipped with a secure offline position that ensures absolutely NO data passes through when in offline mode.

The M7394 allows the user capability of connecting two separate devices via an online or offline connection. To connect, the unit uses two RJ45 female shielded port connectors labeled A and COM, and one DB9 remote port, all located on the rear panel. These switch ports are transparent to all data. Connections are switched via break-before-make electromechanical relays. Upon power loss, the unit auto switches to the offline position. Upon power up, the unit switches according to the last state of the contact closure remote management. The switch position and power status are displayed using the LEDs on the front panel. This can be controlled using the front panel pushbutton or remotely via the remote DB9 port. This DB9 female connector is located on the rear panel and accepts dry contact closure switch commands. The use of an offline channel, as well as the combined local and remote control, this switcher makes for the ultimate firewall by preventing unauthorized access into or out of the network connection.

 This ultimate firewall switch is enclosed in a 1U, full rack size, all metal black chassis designed to provide EMI/RFI shielding and fit in a standard 19” rack. The unit can be used to support a quick connection for various building intelligence, and professional and IT services with a secure cyber-physical solution. Power required for the Unit is an UL approved 100VAC-240VAC, 50Hz-60Hz wall mount power module that supplies 12VDC. A wide range power option is available and ideal for international applications. Cat # 517277 is CE, RoHS, and UL listed, table mounted power module for use in place of the standard power module.

For further technical specifications pertaining to this switch and/or power supply, please see the product specifications sheet linked to the M7394 product listing on our website. If this product sounds like something that could help improve any current or future applications and would like to speak with one of our attentive and motivated salespersons or engineering staff, please feel free to call, email, or use the chat feature on our website. ESL products include PathWay® copper electronic switches, LineSelect® copper manual switchers, QuickSwitch® fiber optic switchboxes, and copper to fiber conversion switches, hybrid power management units, sensor boards, breakout boxes, LICS modules, telecom test kits, as well as cables, connectors, and customized products. Do you need a custom design for your application? If so, our experts can help you, and please submit a custom product request form here: https://www.electrostandards.com/support/custom-product-request/. Stayed tuned on Electro Standards Labs News page for other new product announcements.


Carina Paiva, Media Marketing Specialist
Electro Standards Laboratories
36 Western Industrial Drive,  Cranston, RI 02921
Tel: 401-943-1164  
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