Aside from 2 SC or ST type ports, the EKI-7529MI or EKI-7529MI/ST come equipped with 8 x 10/100Base-TX fast Ethernet ports. Traditional SC or ST fiber optic ports can be used for uplinking and long distance transmissions to flexibly fit field requests. The RJ-45 interface can also be auto-detected, so MDI or MDI-X is automatically selected and a cross-over cable is not required. All Ethernet ports have memory buffers that support the store-and-forward mechanism, which assures that data can be transmitted properly. Furthermore, the power line of EKI-7529MI or EKI-7529MI/ST supports Surge and EFT protection which secure equipment against unregulated voltage and make systems safer and more reliable.