A cost-effective switch for challenging situations

Belden announces the RSP-Smart, a new addition to its Hirschmann brand



Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has added with the RSP-Smart, an inexpensive variant to the tried and tested family of RSP switches in its Hirschmann product range in the EMEA region. Like the other devices in the family, this managed switch is able to withstand electrostatic discharges, magnetic fields and strong vibrations. It offers six Fast Ethernet Ports instead of eleven, and these are available for twisted pair cable (100 BASE-TX) or equipped with two/four SFP transceivers (100 BASE-FX). All ports support precise time synchronization compliant with IEEE 1588v2. Security mechanisms such as role-based access provide strong protection against network attacks. MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol) and RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree) redundancy methods ensure high network availability. A switch version is also available which provides support for the PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) and HSR (High-Availability Seamless Redundancy) redundancy methods, ensuring zero “switchover time” and high system productivity. Due to its rugged construction, the RSP-Smart can also be used in challenging environments like those found in machine construction for example. The switch is also certified for applications in the electricity industry, transport or hazardous environments.


Belden announces the RSP-Smart, a new addition to its Hirschmann brand. (Photo: Belden, PR257)

Mounted on DIN rails, the switch is compliant with the IP30 protection standard and has a stainless steel housing measuring 90 (98) x 164 x 120 mm (EEC) (width x height x depth). Its temperature range is from -40 °C to +70 °C. The power supply voltage may be either 24/36/48 VDC or 110/250 VDC and 110/230 VAC.

The RSP-Smart can be quickly activated by plug-and-play. Configuration and diagnostics can be carried out with HiDiscovery, IHV or via a web interface. An SD card can be used to store the configuration data and retrieve it whenever necessary, and also to upgrade or downgrade the operating software.

The switch status can be monitored locally using indicator contacts. Detailed information can be displayed via a standard web browser. The integrated SNMP interface offers an additional centralized management function that allows the deployment of network management software such as Industrial HiVision.

With the new RSP-Smart from its Hirschmann product program, Belden has developed a cost-effective Industrial Ethernet switch without compromising on performance. As product manager Jürgen Schmid says: "This switch guarantees uninterrupted data communication even when faults occur, ensuring permanent access to applications. Power supply companies, for example, can continue providing electricity despite a lightning strike, and tunnel operators can be certain that smoke extraction systems will be activated in the event of fire."

Hirschmann, a Belden Brand, manufactures Ethernet switches, wireless access points, firewall/VPN routers and network management software for harsh industrial environments. The Hirschmann brand stands for experience and expertise in the automation, power transmission and distribution, transportation and energy industries, having pioneered the development of Ethernet as a common standard for industrial control systems. Hirschmann products ensure hassle-free and secure data communication under the harshest conditions due to their ruggedized design and construction. For more information about Hirschmann, please visit www.hirschmann.com or e-mail for product inquiries.

About Belden

St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity, and networking products in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, and consumer electronics. It has approximately 7,600 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.belden.com. Follow Belden on Twitter: @BeldenInc.

For more information, contact:

Nancy van Heesewijk
Tel: +31 164 317 018

Berry Medendorp
Tel: +31 77 387 8555

Belden, Hirschmann, and the Belden logo are registered trademarks of Belden Inc. or its affiliated companies in the United States and other jurisdictions. Belden and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein.

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The RSP-Smart offers you an affordable alternative to the proven RSP switches. Like its "big brother", the RSP-Smart offers innovative redundancy methods with zero switchover times, thus ensuring a maximum level of stability for your production processes.

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