Belden Adds Space-Saving Ethernet Switch for Small Industrial Networks with High Network Loads

New Hirschmann OCTOPUS Switch Provides Reliable and Continuous Data Transmission, Including Video Streaming



St. Louis, Missouri - August 08, 2016 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces its newest switch in the OCTOPUS family from Hirschmann – the OCTOPUS 8TX-EEC. The 8-port, unmanaged Ethernet switch is a compact, easy-to-implement device that enables reliable data transmission and increases IT security through its configurable feature set.


“Not all industrial applications require extensive, powerful networking solutions. Our new OCTOPUS 8TX-EEC switch was designed to offer customers a simple, cost-effective device that can still provide reliable, secure data transmission under extreme conditions,” said Rolf-Dieter Sommer, product manager at Hirschmann. “The IP67/65 switch secures the data network through configurable features you’d typically find on expensive managed switches, like Quality of Service (QoS) or broadcast limits.”

For engineers, system integrators and machine builders running smaller industrial networks, the new OCTOPUS 8TX-EEC provides a simple-to-install and space-saving solution for specific application needs. Due to its ruggedized metal housing, the OCTOPUS 8TX-EEC not only performs well in the transportation industry, but also in general manufacturing, machine building and automotive applications.

“The switch is an ideal solution for applications where space is at a premium, specifically in mass transit systems and rail rolling stock,” added Sommer. “A compact design is valuable for these types of mobile applications that have limited space for electronics.”

With an IP67/65 rating, this compact solution can easily be mounted anywhere, without the need for protective cabinets. The switch can also withstand harsh conditions, including dirt, dust, vibrations, and water, as well as extreme temperatures.

The OCTOPUS 8TX-EEC meets application-specific standards and certifications for use in the transportation industry, specifically for use onboard road vehicles, metros and trains.

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com; follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc

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Nancy van Heesewijk
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