The ICP DAS ECAT-2513 is 1-to-3 port EtherCAT junction slaves that is specifically designed for flexible wiring by daisy chain and branch topology. The ECAT-2513 cannot be used as a standard Ethernet switch.
With EtherCAT junction slaves, all slave devices can be wired as separated sections. If one slave device failed, only the slave devices on the same section will be influenced. The ECAT-2513 junction slave keeps the slave devices on another section communicate with the master controller. Debugging can be made separately, thus improving the debugging efficiency.