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Belden’s new entry level Ethernet switch offers flexibility in industrial networks

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Belden Australia announces the launch of a new range of gigabit Ethernet switches from Hirschmann designed to suit demanding applications in industrial environments. Belden Inc. is a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications.

Greyhound, the new gigabit Ethernet switch from Hirschmann is designed for demanding industrial environments that need cost-effective, entry-level devices with rugged features.

Customers are required to keep pace with the evolving requirements of industrial networks. The Greyhound has been built to easily adapt to these changes through its field-exchangeable ports, regardless of the user’s requirement for copper, fibre or gigabit port options.

Belden Product Manager Jürgen Schmid explains that Greyhound Ethernet switches are not limited by design, unlike standard products or even configurable products from the factory. Offering a unique combination of price, port options and software features, Greyhound allows network administrators the flexibility to adjust the product as many times as needed in the field. The gigabit Ethernet switches are also designed for fast, easy and flexible installation.

The Greyhound switch is available in two basic versions, with configurable options including 16 Fast Ethernet TX ports; eight Fast Ethernet TX ports, plus eight Fast Ethernet small form-factor pluggable ports; and four optional Gigabit Ethernet combination ports in either configuration.

Specially designed to handle demanding electrical power generation and distribution applications, including new installations and retrofits of existing substations, the ruggedised Greyhound switches also deliver excellent performance in transportation and industrial automation applications, such as railroad optical networks and traffic surveillance on highways. According to Schmid, Greyhound is an ideal entry-level device for many of these industrial applications, which are constantly under extreme price pressures.

Greyhound also ensures enhanced network protection and uptime with advanced features including network management, diagnostics and filter functions, as well as comprehensive security mechanisms delivered through Hirschmann’s operating system, HiOS.

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