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EL228 Layer 2 Industrial Ethernet Switch

EL228 Layer 2 Industrial Ethernet Switch

End of Life December 31, 2016

ExtremeLine Managed Industrial Connectivity

The Sixnet EL228 layer 2 industrial ethernet switch is a 28 port (24 + 4G) managed industrial Ethernet switch designed to meet the extreme requirements of power substations, traffic control, railway and other harsh environments. It combines the high performance and security of an enterprise-class switch with rugged packaging and protected circuitry to meet the needs of the most demanding applications.


24 fast Ethernet SFP ports for fiber or copper links can be mixed and matched on the fly to provide the ultimate in port flexibility. Sixnet’s universal mounting features LEDs, power/ground connections, console ports and bracket positions on both the front and back of the switch simplify ordering and deployment. By combining all of these features in one hardened package, the EL228 provides users with the lowest total cost of ownership of any industrial Ethernet switch in its class.

EL228 Layer 2 Industrial Ethernet Switch Highlights

  • KEMA tested and approved for IEC61850 and IEEE 1613
  • Enterprise-class functionality and security future proofs the network
  • Powerful management and monitoring simplifies deployment and provides fault isolation
  • Extreme port flexibility allows for seamless field configuration and upgrade
  • Up to 26 fiber optic ports offer the ultimate in noise immunity
  • Universal mounting (patent pending) simplifies ordering and deployment

Advanced Industrial Ratings

  • IEC 61850 and IEEE 1613 for utility substation automation and other power applications
  • NEMA TS-2 for traffic control systems EN 50155 and EN 50124-4 for railway installations (AC models only)
  • ISA 12.12 and ATEX for Zone 2 hazardous locations


Rugged, Reliable Operation

  • Supports deployment in extreme environments
  • Reliability in the toughest applications
    • Heavy industrial ratings for power, traffic, railway and hazloc applications
    • KEMA approved for IEC 61850 & IEEE 1613
    • Superior EMC performance and EMI immunity
    • -40° to +85°C operating temperature (no fans)
    • Rugged corrosion-resistant metal enclosure
    • Sealed IP50 protects against dust, dirt and debris
    • UL/CSA, FCC and CE compliant
    • Dual-redundant AC or DC power supplies

Advanced Networking & Redundancy

  • Ensures fast recovery from faults
  • Prioritizes handling of mission-critical data
    • Real-Time Ring™ for fast redundant rings
    • RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree) provides complex redundancy
    • MSTP (Multiple Spanning Tree) per-VLAN redundancy
    • VLAN (GVRP, Q-in-Q) for convenient traffic segregation
    • LACP (Link Aggregation) increases bandwidth
    • IGMP for multicast filtering (snooping and querying)
    • QoS/CoS/DS provides real-time message prioritization
    • Jumbo frame (10K) support on Gigabit ports
    • Virtual stacking for up to 36 EL228 industrial switches

Universal Mounting

  • Lowers overall cost of ownership
  • Maximizes efficiency – one model does it all
    • Universal mounting supports both front and reverse wiring
    • Status LEDs on front and back of switch for easy viewing
    • Console RS232 port on front and back of switch for local management
    • Space efficient 1U rack-mount design fits EIA, WECO and ETSI racks from 19” to 24”

Powerful Management & Monitoring

  • Simplifies configuration and management
  • Provides fast and easy troubleshooting
    • Easy configuration via Web or CLI
    • SNMPv1, v2, v3 network management
    • LLDP for universal network identification
    • sFlow for network-level monitoring
    • RMON and port mirroring for advanced diagnostics
    • Event/Error/System logging and system monitoring
    • UPnP, OAM and Banner support
    • Dual firmware upgrade system
    • Relay output contact to signal alarms

Ultimate Port Flexibility

  • Simplifies on-site configuration
  • Reduces “fork-lift” upgrades
    • 28 total Ethernet ports (24 + 4G)
      • 2 Gig RJ45 ports support auto 10/100/1000 Mbps
      • 2 Gig RJ45/SFP combo ports for copper or fiber links
      • 24 fast SFP ports – mix 100M fiber or 10/100 copper
    • Fiber transceivers support multimode, singlemode, bi-directional single-strand and long haul up to 120km
    • Up to 26 total noise-immune fiber optic ports

Advanced Cyber Security

  • Prevents against unauthorized access
  • Protects from unwanted intrusion
    • Static and dynamic port security
    • Authentication – SNMPv3, 802.1x, RADIUS, TACACS+ AAA/3.0, Web and MAC
    • Encryption – MD5, TLS, TTLS, TACACS+ AAA/3.0
    • Access Control List (ACL) per IP/MAC/VLAN/TCP/UDP
    • Secure Web (HTTPS/SSL) and Telnet (SSH)
    • IP Source Guard, DHCP Snooping and Option 82


Customers Rely on the Power of Sixnet to Address Evolving Industrial Challenges:

  • Enhanced redundancy
    • Keeps network running even under fault conditions
  • Real-time delivery
    • Prioritizes delivery of data so it’s there when you need it
  • Advanced multicasting
    • Improves performance and reduces network traffic
  • Increased cyber security
    • Protects against unauthorized access
  • Powerful management and monitoring tools
    • Simplifies set-up and configuration
    • Speeds troubleshooting on critical links

Supports Industrial Solution Deployment Across the Following Industries:

  • Smart Grid
    • Power Substation
    • Power Distribution
    • Wind Energy
    • Solar Power
  • Railway Installations
  • Traffic Control Systems
  • Hazardous Locations
  • Video Surveillance


Ethernet Performance

  • 28 total Ethernet ports (24 + 4G)
  • 24 SFP ports for a mix of copper or fiber
  • 4 Gigabit with 2 RJ45 ports and 2 RJ45/SFP combo ports
  • RJ45 ports: auto-negotiation (speed/duplex) and auto-crossover
  • Non-blocking, store and forward, wire-speed
  • Switching capacity and forwarding rate: 12.8 Gbps/9.5 Mpps
  • Jumbo frame: 10K on Gigabit ports
  • Ethernet isolation: 1500 Vrms 1 minute

Industrial Switch Features

  • Flow control: IEEE 802.3x (Full Duplex) and Back-Pressure (Half Duplex)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP per IEEE 802.1D) plus
    • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
    • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
    • BPDU forwarding and filtering
  • Real-Time Ring for high-speed, fault-tolerant rings
    • Link loss recovery: 50ms/hop
    • Switches in ring: <50 for best performance
    • Multiple rings are supported (4 per switch)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
    • 802.1Q tag-based with 256 VLANs and 4K VLAN ID
    • 802.1v protocol and port-based VLAN
    • Voice and Private VLAN
    • GVRP and Q-in-Q (double tagging)
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP per IEEE 802.3ad)
    • Static trunk (8 trunks and up to 8 ports per trunk)
    • Traffic load balancing
  • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
    • IGMP v1, v2 and v3 with up to 255 multicast groups
    • IGMP snooping and querying
    • Immediate leave and leave proxy
    • Throttling and filtering
  • Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR)
  • IEEE 802.1ab Link layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) with 4 priority queues
    • Scheduling schemes: WRR and Strict priority
    • CoS per IEEE 802.1p and IP DSCP-based
    • DiffServ (DS): ingress, egress and remarking
  • Rate limiting (ingress and egress)
    • 64Kbps to 100/1000 Mbps
    • Per port CoS


  • Enable/disable ports
  • Port security (MAC-based): static and dynamic
  • DHCP Snooping and Option 82
  • IP Source Guard
  • IEEE 802.1X Network Access Control
    • Port-based with single or multiple host mode
    • Authentication: EAP-MD5, PEAP, TLS, TTLS
    • MAC and web authentication
    • Guest VLAN and Auto VLAN assignment
    • Authentication, Accounting and Authorization
    • 5 servers for RADIUS, 1 server for TACACS+
    • Encryption: MD5, TLS, TTLS, TACACS+ AAA/3.0
  • Access Control List (ACL)
    • IP and MAC-based
    • VLAN and TCP/UDP port
  • Storm Control for broadcast and multicast messages
  • HTTPS/SSL for secure Web access
  • SSH v1.5/2.0 for secure Telnet access
  • SNMPv3 authentication and encryption
  • Username and password authentication
  • Management access filtering

Management & Monitoring

  • IP Address assignment: Static, DHCP and BOOTP
  • CLI (Command Line Interface) via console or Telnet
  • Web interface (HTTP/HTTPS/SSL)
  • SNMP v1, v2, v3 (Simple Network Management Protocol)
  • SNMP Traps for event notification
  • RMON I (Remote Monitoring): Groups 1, 2, 3 and 9
  • sFlow network-wide traffi c monitoring
  • Dual firmware update system
  • Configuration download and upload
  • Software upgrade via TFTP
  • Port mirroring
  • Event/Error/System log
    • Local flash
    • Remote server via system log (Syslog RFC 3164)
    • SMTP (RFC 821) email alarming
  • Network Time Protocol for time synchronization
    • SNTP (RFC 2030) and NTP (RFC 1305)
  • DNS (Domain Name Server) client
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
  • IEEE 802.3ah OAM (Operational Administration Maintenance)
  • Banner commands

Power Input & Alarm Output

  • Dual-redundant internal power input option
  • 10-pole screw block can be positioned in front or back
  • Power input options: (absolute min-max)
    • +/- 24-48 VDC, (D option)(absolute min & max):
    • +/- 18-75 VDC
    • +/- 110-250 VDC or 100-240 VAC (50/60 Hz)(A option)(absolute min & max):
    • +/- 90-300 VDC or 85-264 VAC
  • Power consumption: 60 Watts typical with all ports linked
  • Protection: current overload and reverse polarity
  • Alarm output: form -C relay (NO and NC contacts)
    • Max. voltage: 250 VAC, 30 VDC
    • Max. current: 2A @ 30 VDC or 250 VAC


  • Universal mounting (Sixnet exclusive feature – patent pending)
    • Front or rear/reverse wiring with power in front or back
    • 1U rack mount (19” brackets included)
    • Optional 23”, 24”, EIA, WECO, ETSI and wall brackets available
  • Ingress protection: IP50 sealed from dust and contaminants
  • Heavy-gauge corrosion-resistant metal enclosure
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.75(1U)x17.3×12’ (45x439x305mm)
  • Weight (typical): 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)


  • Operating/storage temperature: -40 to +85°C per IEC 60068-2-1/
  • Humidity: 5 to 95% RH (non-condensing) per IEC 60068-2-30
  • Vibration: Amp 3mm from 2-9 Hz, 1g from 9-200 Hz, 1.5g from 200- 500 Hz per IEC61850-3
  • Seismic: 20mm/s from @ 1 to 150 Hz per IEC 1613 class V.S.3
  • Shock: 30g @ 6ms per IEC61850-3
  • Freefall and static load per IEC60721-3-3 & IEC60068-2-31

Standards & Compliance

  • Power Systems: IEC61850-3, IEC60870-2-1/2; IEEE1613
    • KEMA tested and approved
  • Traffic Control: NEMA TS-2 (AC versions only)
  • Railway Systems: EN50155 & EN50121-4 (AC versions only)
  • Safety: UL508 / CSA C22.2 No.142 / EN61010-1 / CE
  • Hazardous Locations: ISA12.12.01/CSA C22.2 No.213 (C 1, Div 2, Grps A, B, C, D)
    • EL228-AA-1 and EL228-A0-1 models, T3C@60C (Ambient)
    • EL228-DD-1 and EL228-D0-1 models, T4@60C (Ambient)
  • ATEX: EL228-DD-1 and EL228-D0-1 only (Zone 2, Cat3, T4@60C)
  • EMC: IEEE c37.90.1/2/3, IEC61000-6-2, IEC61000-6-4, IEC/ TS61000-6-5, IEC60870-2-1, IEC61000-4 Series, FCC Part 15, EN55022/CISPR22, CE
  • Dielectric and Impulse: IEC60255-5 & C37.90
  • RoHS, WEEE and REACH compliant
  • MTBF: >200,000 hours GB @ +40ºC per MIL-HNDBK-217F2
  • ISO9001:2008 certified company


  • 5 years on design and manufacturing defects

All specifications are subject to change. Contact Sixnet to learn more


Universal Mounting

The Sixnet patent-pending universal mounting feature enables you to easily mount the EL228 industrial switch in either a front or rear/reverse orientation. No longer do you need to order the switch one way or the other and be stuck with the wrong decision. The universal mounting feature along with extreme port flexibility make the EL228 easy to stock for rapid delivery and deployment.


Order Guide

Part NumberDescription
EL228-A0-1END of LIFE December 31 2016 Industrial switch with a single hi-voltage universal VAC/VDC power input
EL228-AA-1END of LIFE December 31 2016 Industrial switch with dual hi-voltage universal VAC/VDC power supplies built-in (with load share operation**)
EL228-D0-1END of LIFE December 31 2016 Industrial switch with single 24/48 VDC power input
EL228-DD-1END of LIFE December 31 2016 Industrial switch with dual 24/48 VDC power supplies built in(with load share operation**)


Part NumberDescription
EK1-BRCKT-19Set (2) of 1U 19? brackets (1 set included with each industrial switch)
EK1-BRCKT-23Set (2) of 1U 23? EIA/WECO
EK1-BRCKT-2324Set (2) of 1U 23/24? EIA/WECO
EK1-BRCKT-ETSISet (2) of 1U 536 mm ETSI brackets
EK1-BRCKT-WALLSet (2) of wall brackets

SFP Transceivers

Part NumberSpeedModeNom. Max DistancePort Compatibility
FCOPPER-SFP-100100 mCopper100 mPorts 25 & 26
FMFIBER-SFP-2K100 mMultimode2 kmPorts 1 - 26
FMFIBER-SFP-4K100 mMultimode4 kmPorts 1 - 26
FSFIBER-SFP-30K100 mSinglemode30 kmPorts 1 - 26
FSFIBER-SFP-60K100 mSinglemode60 kmPorts 1 - 26
FSFIBER-SFP-100100 mSinglemode100 kmPorts 1 - 26
GMFIBER-SFP-500GigabitMultimode550 metersPorts 25 & 26
GMFIBER-SFP-2KGigabitMultimode2 kmPorts 25 & 26
GSFIBER-SFP-10KGigabitSinglemode10 kmPorts 25 & 26
GSFIBER-SFP-30KGigabitSinglemode30 kmPorts 25 & 26
GSFIBER-SFP-50KGigabitSinglemode50 kmPorts 25 & 26
GSFIBER-SFP-80KGigabitSinglemode30 kmPorts 25 & 26

Note: Special application (such as Bi-Di) or extra long haul (up to 120 km) transceivers are available special order.


Industrial Ethernet Switch Software & Firmware Downloads

  • New Firmware Releases
  • Legacy Firmware
  • Revision History
  • Firmware Loader
  • USB Driver
  • SNMP MIB File

For more information

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