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Belden releases Rail Switch Power Expandable Ethernet switches

August 062014
Belden releases Rail Switch Power Expandable Ethernet switches

August 5, 2014 – Belden released Rail Switch Power Expandable (RSPE) family of managed industrial Ethernet switches that  make it possible to create flexible Ethernet installations in which the network design can be quickly adapted to manage changing application needs. Its high reliability guarantees 100 percent availability of data communication, ensuring optimum productivity for machines and systems.

The benefits of these new RSPE switches include:

  • Eight Fast Ethernet twisted pair ports and four combo ports that support Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • High-availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) and Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) redundancy standards, plus precise time synchronization in accordance with IEEE 1588 v2, can be extended to provide up to 28 ports by adding two media modules.
  • Various combinations of copper or fiber ports (plus Power over Ethernet (PoE)/PoE+) by module type.
  • Comprehensive management, diagnostic and filtering features, as well as numerous redundancy methods, bringing all-around security to the network.
  • An extended operating temperature range from -40°C to +70°C, high vibration resistance and broad immunity to electrostatic discharges.

Specially certified for a range of application scenarios, the RSPE switches guarantee highly efficient solutions even under harsh environmental conditions. In the energy sector, for example, they enable highly available and cost-effective applications, ranging from power transmission and distribution right through to electricity generation from renewable energy sources. They can be used equally well in other industries, such as transportation, road and rail traffic, cable cars, ports and airports.

“In today’s fast-changing industrial environments, flexibility is key,” said Belden Product Manager Jürgen Schmid. “With our new Rail Switch Power Expandable switches, media modules can be added to basic switch devices in virtually no time at all – a practical and cost-effective solution for today – and tomorrow.”

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.

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