Ethernet - Belden Introduces New Ethernet Switches for Harsh Environments
Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has launched two new robust entry-level switches in its Hirschmann product range. The new SPIDER II 16TX EEC and SPIDER II 16TX/2DS-S EEC switches have a high port density, thus offering a cost-effective means for implementing industrial ETHERNET
technology. Both SPIDER switches can be used to implement flexible networking solutions for a wide range of industries, including automation, discrete manufacturing and transportation.
The switches have stable metal housing, can withstand extreme heat and cold, and are approved for use in environments with a high
explosion risk. A second power supply may also be connected to further increase operational reliability. The switches, which can be mounted on a DIN rail and activated quickly via plug-and-play functionality, are suitable for connecting to the backbone or for networking linear and tree topologies.
“These two SPIDER switches provide cost-effective solutions for data communication in harsh industrial environments,?says Product Manager Sebastian Preiss, adding: “Thanks to the high port density, they also offer an excellent price/performance ratio.?/div>
The 16TX/2DS-S EEC variant offers two optical dual-speed uplinks, which can be equipped with Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers for different optical fiber types. These uplinks, which support Gigabit Ethernet, ensure that no bottlenecks develop ?even for applications with high data volumes ?thus, guaranteeing smooth communication at all times. The switches can be cascaded as