Phoenix Contact has introduced several new versions of the FL mGuard industrial security devices. With upgraded hardware and advanced configuration options, the mGuard RS2000 and RS4000 can provide defense-in-depth cyber security in more critical applications.
Like the original mGuard products, some of which were discontinued earlier this year, the RS2000 and the RS4000 variants feature all-in-one firewall, virtual private network (VPN) and routing capability. Thanks to the new metal housing, the new mGuards can operate between -20 and +60 degrees Celsius, compared with 0 to 55 degrees Celsius for the original RS variants. The RS4000 is currently awaiting UL Class I, Div. 2 approval, which will make it suitable for demanding environments, such as the oil and gas industry.
The integrated SD card reader makes managing configurations much easier. Users can save a configuration on an SD card inserted in one mGuard. Then, if they want to use the same settings on another mGuard device, they can insert that card into a new mGuard. Once the mGuard has been configured with an SD card, the settings will remain, even if the SD card is removed, until reconfigured.
The RS2000 is a basic model with a limited firewall (“accept all” or “drop all” options for incoming and outgoing traffic). The full-featured RS4000 has sophisticated security capabilities including CIFS Integrity Monitoring, a full stateful inspection firewall and a user-based firewall, as well as redundancy options and other advanced features.
The RS4000 VPN and RS4000 can both be upgraded to 250 tunnels via a separately sold license. The RS2000 can support two tunnels. All of the new mGuard products have 24 V output and LED illumination on VPN activation.
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