Reduced cabling effort facilitates cost-effective solutions with high operational reliability

Belden adds OCTOPUS PoE switches with integrated power supply to its Hirschmann portfolio



Belden Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of signal transmission solutions for mission critical applications, has launched four new PoE switches in the OCTOPUS series of its Hirschmann range. Their integrated power supplies reduce cabling requirements, facilitating cost-effective solutions with a high level of operational reliability. They are available with a power supply of 24-48 V or 72-110 V.


Belden adds OCTOPUS PoE switches with integrated power supply to its Hirschmann portfolio. (Photo: Belden, PR259)

The new switches also occupy considerably less space than those with an external power supply and are also easier to install and maintain. They come in compact die-cast zinc housings measuring only 184 x 189 x 70mm. Two of the new switches are unmanaged 10-port devices with industrial protection class IP54. The other two, which satisfy the requirements of industrial protection class IP67, each have nine ports and feature “layer 2” basic software from Hirschmann, which incorporates a variety of management and security functions and fast redundancy methods.

The new OCTOPUS PoE switches are designed to operate at temperatures ranging from -40°C to +70°C. They also fulfill the EMC and fire prevention requirements of European standards governing use in rail vehicles.

On the front of each unit are LEDs that display both device status and network status, as well as correct function of the power supply. The Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 BASE-TX) have D-coded M12 connections. The PoE Plus power supply, which can provide 22 W per connected terminal device, uses the phantom power method, in which the terminal equipment is powered via the same wire pair that carries the data. This means that two-pair cabling systems can also be used.

The two managed designs can be configured via an Ethernet interface using command line interface (CLI), DHCP relay agent option 82, HiDiscovery or RS232 interface, or via the ACA11 autoconfiguration adapter. RMON, port mirroring and LLDP (Topology Discovery 802.1ab) are available for diagnostic purposes. Alarms are signalled via an additional signal contact. More detailed information can be viewed via a standard web browser or using convenient network management software such as Hirschmann Industrial HiVision.

The managed versions also support SNMP v2c and v3. Redundancy methods such as HIPER Ring, MRP and RSTP ensure a high level of network availability. Security mechanisms include IP and MAC port security, SNMP v3, SSH, SNMP access settings (VLAN/IP) and access control via IEEE 802.1x.

The four new OCTOPUS PoE switches enable Belden to facilitate versatile solutions, particularly where space is at a premium, says Product Manager Rolf-Dieter Sommer. “These switches can easily be installed in trains, subways or buses,” he says. “Their PoE Plus capability, which makes it possible to power high-consumption terminal equipment via the data cable, without the need for any additional wiring, is another important plus point.”

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

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The Hirschmann™ OCTOPUS switches with integrated power supply offer you optimum operational reliability, thanks to their reduced cabling requirements compared to switches with an external power supply unit.

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