Introducing ML540M: Actelis’ Highly Reliable and Secure 10-port Fiber Optic Switch

Jan 2020, Fremont CA - Actelis Networks, the market leader in cyber-hardened, hybrid fiber-copper networking solutions for wide-area IoT applications, announces general availability of its cost-effective ML540M Ethernet over fiber device. The ML540M joins Actelis’ current hybrid portfolio of Fiber and bonded copper product lines, offering Actelis customers across the board – Telco, utility, cities, government, military, and rail - to easily expand and extend their networks with fiber.

The ML540M 10-port switch delivers advanced MEF Carrier Ethernet services and can be effectively used in various network scenarios as an Ethernet Demarcation Device (EDD), Network Interface Device (NID), Ethernet Access Device (EAD) or Network Termination Unit (NTU). The ML540M offers Gigabit connectivity over six fiber SFP ports and four electrical RJ45 ports.

The ML540M is currently deployed in thousands of locations, upgrading Highways England NRTS’ (National Road Telecommunications Service) infrastructure, effectively transporting essential video and traffic control information. Providing reliable and secure high-bandwidth connectivity over dense ring topologies, the ML540M, used along with corresponding ML684M units has proven that Actelis’ hybrid fiber-copper portfolio can meet customer requirements irrespective of the customer’s infrastructure. “The high reliability of the Actelis solution meant this solution was the natural choice,” – Design Authority Highways England.

The ML540M is compact and hardened for extreme temperature, allowing for flexible indoor or outdoor deployment, fitting easily even in high space constraint points like street cabinets. The ML540M is 1U high and half the width of a 19” rack.t can be powered by either AC or DC power, thus removing the requirement for additional AC/DC adapters.

As cyber-security is a major concern, the ML540M supports advanced protocols to ensure the safety of the network, including support for RADIUS, TACACS+, IEEE 802.1x, ACLs, user authentication levels, and many others.

The ML540M can be managed using CLI, a GUI web interface, or via Actelis’ advanced MetaASSIST EMS (Element Management System), providing FCAPS functionality including alarm management, inventory management, configuration management with automation through scheduled tasks, advanced security functionality, and a Northbound interface allowing integration with higher NMS or OSS systems.