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New standards for network security and network availability

26 February 2013

Belden Inc has introduced the new PowerMICE, the third generation of the Modular Industrial Communication Equipment family from its Hirschmann product portfolio.

The modular switch for DIN-rail mounting is said to offer network protection for the first time. The switch incorporates security mechanisms that regulate network access and protect against attacks. Hardware redundancy methods such as Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) and High Availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) are also said to ensure uninterrupted data communication.

As a result, this IPv6-ready switch allows applications to be implemented where both a very high level of network security and network availability are required. It can also be integrated into Profinet and EtherNet/IP environments. The integrated PoE Plus function allows for cost-effective power supply for terminal equipment.

The new PowerMICE is available in three basic versions, for 12, 20 or 28 ports, and comprises a switch unit with integrated backplane and a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet media module. Depending on the version, the switch can be individually fitted with up to six additional 4-port Fast Ethernet media modules for twisted-pair cables, different optical fibre types or I/O functionality.

Media modules can be assembled using a simple click-in mechanism and modules can be removed using a screwdriver to lift a tab attached to the switch. For applications that require a high level of vibration resistance, modules can also be fastened using screws.
Power can be supplied via 18-60 VDC or 47-57 or 53-57 VDC. In addition, devices can be supplied with power via PoE Plus via the data cable.


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