There are two important factors that needs to be addressed when choosing between commercial and industrial network components. Are they meeting environmental challenges and ensuring maximal up time?
Industrial network components often need to operate in environments where fans, the traditional cooling method for commercial products, are not a sustainable alternative due to dust, moisture or corrosive conditions. Industrial-quality components are known to operate at higher temperature ranges, support rough conditions and can be expected to have a longer lifetime.
Reliability is the biggest advantage of industrial quality components. For mission-critical functions in industrial applications, high availability and fail-over capability are important. Industrial products are certified, not only from agencies but also from life cycle experience.