Flexible, entry-level Ethernet switch for industrial networks

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Belden Inc. is launching a new Gigabit Ethernet switch from Hirschmann. The GREYHOUND switch is designed for industrial environments that need cost-effective, entry-level devices, with rugged features to handle demanding applications.

As network needs change, customers need flexibility and an easy way to keep pace with evolving requirements. The GREYHOUND has been built to easily adapt through its field-exchangeable ports, whether the customer needs copper, fibre or Gigabit port options.

Belden Product Manager J├╝rgen Schmid says: “Unlike standard products or even configurable products from the factory, GREYHOUND is not limited by design – it offers a unique combination of price, ports and software features. Network administrators can adjust the product as many times as they need to, all while in the field. The installation is fast, easy and flexible.”

The GREYHOUND switch is available in two basic versions, with configurable options:

  • 16 Fast Ethernet TX ports
  • Eight Fast Ethernet TX ports, plus eight Fast Ethernet small form-factor pluggable ports
  • Four optional Gigabit Ethernet combination ports in either configuration

These ruggedised GREYHOUND switches have been specially designed to handle demanding electrical power generation and distribution applications, including new installations and retrofits of existing substations. The device also performs well in transportation and industrial automation applications, such as railroad optical networks and traffic surveillance on highways.

Schmid adds: “Many of these industrial applications are under extreme price pressure – both to keep their costs down and their customers’ pricing low. The GREYHOUND was designed, and priced, with these pressures in mind – it’s an ideal entry-level device for these markets.”

For enhanced network protection and uptime, GREYHOUND also offers advanced features through Hirschmann’s operating system, HiOS. The software feature range includes network management, diagnostics and filter functions, as well as comprehensive security mechanisms.

Follow the link for more information about the GREYHOUND Gigabit Ethernet Switch.

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