The DataPro 2045 series of data switches is a manual, rotary knob type data switch, specifically
meant for sharing an RJ45 connection between multiple devices. For example, if two machines
were to share an exclusive IP address, this manual switch would allow you to toggle between them without ever
having them connected at the same time.
It features "Break-Before-Make" switching.
This means that the existing connection is
broken BEFORE a new connection is made.
The benefit here is a lower risk of shorts
and current spikes.
These handsome products are housed in a
durable metal box and are fully shielded
and grounded. Their bold 80's style makes a prominent statement
about the rugged durability of your network, and their substantial
heft and construction make them suitable weapons in the event
of a zombie outbreak or other apocalyptic scenario.
In addition to RJ45 ethernet networks, these boxes could be used to switch telephones
or RS232/RS485 devices running over RJ45 connectors.
All connectors are female RJ45 jacks with
all 8 wires connected. The terminals are pinned straight-through.
NOTE that this product is not Category-rated;
it has been known to work with 10-Base-T
(10 mpbs) ethernet, but is very unlikely to
work with 100-Base-TX (100 mpbs) networks,
and is not guaranteed to work with high-speed
network signals at all.