Entry-level Ethernet switch for industrial networks

Paul Boughton

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. 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;

* Optional Gigabit Ethernet combination ports in either configuration.

The 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.