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SLX-5/8MS Industrial Ethernet Switch

industrial_connectivity_slx_managedSlimLine Plus Managed Industrial Connectivity

The SLX-5MS and SLX-8MS are 5 and 8 port managed industrial Ethernet switches designed to be rugged, reliable and secure. Combining compact DIN-rail packaging and protected circuitry with powerful software, our managed switches keep industrial networks up and running even in the toughest conditions.



Industrial Switch Product Highlights

  • 5 or 8 fast Ethernet (10/100) ports including up to 4 fiber (100Mb) ports
  • Managed with advanced features and security
  • Slim 5 or 8 port DIN-rail packaging
  • High performance and value
  • Industrial-hardened design


Real-Time Secure Performance

  • Real-Time Ring™ or Rapid Spanning Tree (RSTP) for fast redundant ring or mesh networks
  • SNMPv1 and v2 network management
  • SNMPv3 authentication and encryption for security
  • SNMP notifications (traps) for report on event
  • Priority Queuing (QoS/CoS) for real-time operation
  • IGMP for Multicast filtering (snooping and querying)
  • VLAN for convenient traffic segregation
  • Broadcast and multicast storm protection
  • RMON and port mirroring for advanced diagnostics
  • Security with HTTPS, SSL, SSH, SNMPv3 and more
  • Easy configuration via Web, Telnet or CLI
  • Free field-installable firmware upgrades forever

Trouble-Free Operation

  • Wide temperature operation -40 to 75°C
  • UL, CSA, CE, hazardous locations and maritime rated
  • Self-test/alarm output for reporting errors
  • Dual redundant power inputs with surge and spike protection
  • DIN-rail or direct-panel mounting (no extra kits required)
  • Rugged corrosion-resistant aluminum packaging
  • Ultra-reliable >2 million hours MTBF
  • Standard 5 year industrial warranty


Ethernet Performance

  • Type: Managed, store and forward
  • Operation: Wire-speed switching, non-blocking
  • Modes: Full or half duplex operation with flow control
  • MAC addresses: 2048
  • Memory bandwidth: 3.2 Gbps
  • Latency (typical): (plus frame time)
    • 5 us for 100 Mbps
    • 16 us for 10 Mbps
  • Ethernet isolation: 1500 Vrms 1 minute
  • Console Port(s): RS232 (RJ45) and USB (on newer models)

RJ45 Copper Ports

  • RJ45 ports: Up to 8 RJ45 ports that are fully IEEE 802.3 compliant
  • RJ45 configurable or 10/100 auto-detecting for speed and duplex (full or half)
  • RJ45 auto-mdi/mdix-crossover automatically supports either straight or crossed cables
  • RJ45 auto-polarity for automatic correction of crossed TXD and RXD pairs

Fiber Optic Ports

  • Up to two 100 Mbps fiber optic ports for distances up to 120km
  • Connector style: SC or ST or FC (special order)
  • Multimode: Links up to 4 km typical; use with 50-62.5/125 µm fiber
  • Singlemode: Links up to 120 km typical; use with 9-10/125 µm fiber
  • See separate datasheet for more fiber transceiver details
  • Contact Sixnet for special fiber optic transceivers (such as Bi-di), mixed types (mm and sm, SC and ST, etc.) on the same switch, or long haul with distances up to 120 km
  • Eye safety: IEC60825-1, Class 1; FDA 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11

Networking & Management

  • Devices supported: All IEEE 802.3 compliant devices are supported
  • Protocols: SNMPv1/v2/v3, RMON, DHCP, SNTP, TFTP, STP, RSTP, QoS/CoS/ToS/DS, IGMPv1/v2, VLAN (tag and port based), HTTP, HTTPS (SSL and TSL), telnet, SSH and more
  • Industrial connectivity protocols supported: Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP, PROFInet, foundation fieldbus HSE and others
  • Standards: IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.1D/w, 802.1p, 802.1Q and more
  • Management interfaces: Text (Telnet and SSH), CLI (command line interface) and SNMP (see the user manual for supported MIBs)

Power Input & Alarm Output

  • Dual redundant power inputs for redundant power supplies
  • Input voltage range: 10 to 30 VDC
  • Power consumption: (typical with all ports linked and active)
    • 3.6 W (5MS-1 with all copper ports)
    • 4.3 W (8MS-1 with all copper ports)
    • 5.6 W (5MS-4/5 with 2 fiber ports)
    • 6.3 W (8MS-4/5 with 2 fiber ports)
    • 9.0 W (8MS-8/9 with 4 fiber ports)
  • Transient protection: 15 kW peak
  • Spike protection: 5 kW (10 times for 10 us)
  • Self-test/alarm output:
    • Same voltage as power input
    • 0.5 Amps max.


  • Operating temperature:
    • -40 to 75°C (cold startup at -40°C)
  • Storage temperature: -40 to 85°C
  • Humidity: 5 to 95% RH (non-condensing; conformal coating optional)
  • Vibration and shock: IEC60068-2-6, and -27

Standards & Compliance

  • Electrical safety: UL508, CSA C22.2/14; EN61010-1, CE
  • EMC: FCC part 15, ICES-003; EN610006-2/4, CE
  • Hazardous locations: UL1604, CSA C22.2/213 (Class I, Div. 2, Groups); EN60079-15 (Zone 2, Category 3), CE (ATEX)
  • Marine/maritime/offshore rated per ABS
  • NEMA TS-2 for traffic control systems
    • SLX-5MS-1/4/5
    • SLX-8MS-1/4/5/8/9
  • RoHS and WEEE compliant
  • MTBF: >2MM hours GB @ 40°C per MIL-HNDBK-217F2


  • Case: Slim style, ideal for DIN rail mounting
  • Material: Corrosion-resistant aluminum
  • Ingress protection: IP40
  • Mounting: DIN-rail or direct-panel (no optional kits or accessories required)
  • Dimensions: See mechanical diagrams or drawings
  • Weight: (typical)
    • SLX-5MS: 8 oz. (0.23 kg)
    • SLX-8MS-1/4/5: 10 oz. (0.28 kg)
    • SLX-8MS-8/9: 11 oz (0.32 kg)


  • 5 years on manufacturing and design defects

Specifications are subject to change. Contact Sixnet to learn more.


This Sixnet exclusive feature allows you to choose the mounting method that best fits your requirements. This capability is a standard feature so no accessories or optional kits are required.



Vertical snap-on DIN-rail
mounting for quickest installation

and optimal rail width utilization.


Vertical screw-to-panel mounting for better shock and vibration resistance.


Flat screw-to-panel mounting for low profile orientation in shallow boxes plus best shock
and vibration resistance.


Order Guide

Part NumberDescription
SLX-5MS-15 RJ45 10/100 ports
SLX-5MS-4SC3 RJ45 and 2 multimode SC fiber, 4 km
SLX-5MS-4ST3 RJ45 and 2 multimode ST fiber, 4 km
SLX-5MS-5SC3 RJ45 and 2 singlemode SC fiber, 20 km
SLX-5MS-5ST3 RJ45 and 2 singlemode ST fiber, 20 km
SLX-5MS-5SCL3 RJ45 and 2 singlemode SC fiber, 40+ km
SLX-5MS-5STL3 RJ45 and 2 singlemode ST fiber, 40+ km
Part NumberDescription
SLX-8MS-18 RJ45 10/100 ports
SLX-8MS-4SC6 RJ45 and 2 multimode SC fiber, 4 km
SLX-8MS-4ST6 RJ45 and 2 multimode ST fiber, 4 km
SLX-8MS-5SC6 RJ45 and 2 singlemode SC fiber, 20 km
SLX-8MS-5ST6 RJ45 and 2 singlemode ST fiber, 20 km
SLX-8MS-5SCL6 RJ45 and 2 singlemode SC fiber, 40+ km
SLX-8MS-5STL6 RJ45 and 2 singlemode ST fiber, 40+ km
SLX-8MS-8SC4 RJ45 and 4 multimode SC fiber, 4 km
SLX-8MS-8ST4 RJ45 and 4 multimode ST fiber, 4 km
SLX-8MS-9SC4 RJ45 and 4 singlemode SC fiber, 20 km
SLX-8MS-9ST4 RJ45 and 4 singlemode ST fiber, 20 km
SLX-8MS-9SCL4 RJ45 and 4 singlemode SC fiber, 40+ km
SLX-8MS-9STL4 RJ45 and 4 singlemode ST fiber, 40+ km

Contact Sixnet for special or long haul transceivers up to 120 Km. 

Part NumberDescription
ET-PS-024-02Power supply -- AC to 24VDC, 2A
SP-ETH-2Dual port Ethernet surge and lightning protector for the 10/100 ports only


SLX-5MS-1 industrial switch with 5 RJ45 Port
slx-8ms-1-thSLX-8MS-1 industrial switch
with 8 RJ45 Port
slx-5ms-4sc-thSLX-5MS-4SC or 5SC
industrial switch with
3 RJ45 & 2 Fiber (SC Style)
slx-5ms-4stSLX-5MS-4ST or 5ST
industrial switch with
3 RJ45 & 2 Fiber (ST Style)
slx-8ms-45sc-thSLX-8MS-4SC or 5SC
industrial switch with
6 RJ45 & 2 Fiber (SC Style)
slx-8ms-45st-thSLX-8MS-4ST or 5ST
industrial switch with
6 RJ45 & 2 Fiber (ST Style)
industrial switch with
4 RJ45 & 4 Fiber (SC Style)

(Note: ST style connectors are also available but are not shown.)


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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