FAQ 3/7: Does PROFINET require special hardware?

This blogpost is the third in a series of seven, inspired by the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding PROFINET.

Since PROFINET is based on standard unmodified Ethernet, no special cables or switches are required. However, using the same cables and switches built for office environments on a factory floor is a recipe for trouble. PROFINET cabling is merely Ethernet cabling that is shielded and ruggedized against tough conditions. We recommend end users install managed, purpose-built switches in their networks. These offer ruggedized hardware and advanced features helpful to running and maintaining an industrial Ethernet network.

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Top 7 PROFINET Questions Answered