Extended OCTOPUS range with IP54 switch with SFP transceivers

25 September 2012

Belden has launched a new managed OCTOPUS switch from its Hirschmann brand in the EMEA region.

This switch is the first of its kind to feature two IP54-rated SFP slots that can optionally be fitted with Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet transceivers for single-mode or multimode fibers. The switch can be used, even in rugged conditions such as in railroad or mechanical engineering applications, to flexibly implement fast data networks based on various transmission technologies and expand them at low cost when necessary. Eight Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 BASE-TX) are available for connecting devices.

These feature vibration-proof, D-coded M12 connection technology and support PoE. They make it possible to power, for instance, IP cameras, voice-over-IP phones or WLAN access points without the need for additional cables. A version with another eight Fast Ethernet ports is also available. Other features of the switch, which can also be integrated in Profinet and Ethernet/IP networks, include extensive management and security functions as well as fast redundancy methods. The solid metal housing is intended for wall mounting and, depending on the version, measures just 261 x 189 x 70 mm or 338 x 189 x 70 mm.

This switch, which is designed for an operating temperature range of -40°C to +70°C, fulfills the EMC and fire prevention requirements of the European standards that govern use in rail vehicles. The fanless design and redundant 48V power supply also guarantee high operational reliability. For PoE, power is supplied via the phantom power method and comes to 15W for each device connected. This means that two-pair cabling systems can also be used.

On the front of the unit there are LEDs to indicate device and network status and power supply. Configuration can be carried out via an Ethernet interface using command line interface (CLI), DHCP relay agent option 82 or HiDiscovery, or via a V.24 interface, or via the ACA11 autoconfiguration adapter. RMON, port mirroring and LLDP (Topology Discovery 802.1ab) are available for diagnostics purposes. Alarms are signaled via an additional signal contact.

More detailed information can be accessed via a standard web browser or using convenient network management software such as Hirschmann Industrial HiVision. SNMP V2c and V3 are also supported. Security mechanisms include IP and MAC port security, SNMP V3, SSH, SNMP access settings (VLAN/IP) and access control via IEEE 802.1x

With the new OCTOPUS switch from the Hirschmann product series, Belden is underlining its leading position in Industrial Ethernet. As Product Manager Rolf-Dieter Sommer says: “There has never been a watertight switch with SFP transceivers. Thanks to this innovation, devices can now also be flexibly connected to the backbone via gigabit-speed fiber optic cables in demanding environments. At the same time, users have clear cost benefits as they only pay for those transceivers that are actually required for their applications.


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