The FieldDAQ device features a full hardware-accelerated internal Ethernet switch for greater performance, wiring flexibility, and compatibility over standard Ethernet ports. The Ethernet switch exposes two Ethernet ports to the user. Either port can be used to connect the device to the network. The two ports can be used to connect multiple devices in a daisy-chain topology. The switch also supports the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) algorithm, enabling ring topologies.