16 PoE/PoE Plus ports per switch

Belden extends the Hirschmann™ product series to include a new module for the MACH100 range



Belden has extended its Hirschmann™ product series to include a new PoE/PoE Plus module for Workgroup switches in the MACH100 range. This module, which possesses eight Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 BASE-TX), provides each attached terminal with either 15.4 W (PoE) or 30 W (PoE Plus). The power supply 48 V DC (for PoE) or 52 V DC (for PoE Plus) comes from an external power supply unit. For each MACH100 switch two modules can be used with a total of 16 ports.

With PoE Plus, each module can use four ports. It is also possible to operate PoE and PoE Plus ports simultaneously up to a total power of
120 W. This means that the new module offers considerable flexibility. PoE Plus can also be used to power relatively high-rated terminal equipment such as IP cameras with pan-tilt-zoom, Voice over IP videophones or multiband WLAN access points.

These modules, which are protected against electrostatic discharges, magnetic fields and interference, are plug-and-play and hot-swappable. Network management software and web interface facilitate configuration and diagnostics. The current status values of the network connections are indicated by means of LEDs on the front of the unit. The PoE/PoE Plus power supply is generated in a three pin terminal block and conveyed via pairs 1/2 and 3/6 (phantom power).


16 PoE/PoE Plus ports per switch. (Photo: Belden, PR181)

The modular Fast Ethernet switches of the MACH100 series, which also support the protocols Profinet and EtherNet/IP, can be used to network workgroups via copper or fiberoptic cables and connect them to the backbone via two Gigabit combo ports. The switches, designed to operate in the temperature range 0° to +50°C, also offer extensive management and redundancy procedures and a variety of functions for configuration and diagnostics. They also possess a fanless cooling system and a redundant power supply.

With its new PoE/PoE Plus module for MACH100 switches in the Hirschmann™ product series, Belden has once again demonstrated its leadership in industrial network technology. Product Manager Pascal Unterdorfer comments: “Until now there has never been a fan-free unit occupying the height of only one unit yet offering such a concentration of PoE/PoE Plus ports. This gives users the greatest possible flexibility.”

About Belden

Belden®: Sending All the Right Signals™

Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless network systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.45 billion for the fiscal year 2009.

Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™, Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.


  • Workgroup SwitchesMACH100 switches are designed primarily for the control room environment and the verge of the office world.