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Functions identical to backbone systems in office sector

16 August 2011

Belden announces release 7.0 of its software platform from the Hirschmann™ product series, used in the MACH, MICE, Rail and OCTOPUS families of managed switches from Hirschmann™.

Like previous versions, the latest release of this software platform offers a range of functions normally only found in backbone systems for the office area. These include comprehensive management, diagnosis and filter functions plus various redundancy methods, security mechanisms and realtime applications. In addition to DVMRP and PIM-DM, the new PIM-SM multicast protocol is provided for Layer 3, enabling optimum utilization of bandwidth. The configuration, security and service functions have also been further enhanced.

Thanks to this latest software update, it is now possible to create configurations offline, without any active connection to the switches. These can be stored locally and copied to the devices later on. What's more, the ARC protocol makes it possible to configure an MRP ring automatically, enhancing the speed and reliability of this process. Only one switch must be modified in order to completely configure all others in the ring. All settings are then automatically stored on every switch.

Using IEEE802.1x multi-client authentication, several users can be authenticated on the same switch port. Blocked users can be automatically added to a "guest VLAN" that only has restricted usage rights. In addition, ports which have faulty electrical or optical connections can be automatically deactivated in order to ensure the stability of the network.

Over and above this, the new software platform also provides additional service functions for IP telephony. LLDP for media endpoint devices (LLDP-MED) permits automatic assignment of network rules. The incorporation of IP phones into a Voice VLAN is also automatic, so ensuring uniform voice quality.

With release 7.0 of its tried-and-tested software platform for managed switches in the MACH, MICE, Rail and Octopus families from Hirschmann™, Belden is setting new standards for Industrial Ethernet. "Not only does it offer by far the largest range of standard features for the automation area, this release also provides a whole series of special functions", says Product Manager Jürgen Schmid. The network expert adds: "The ARC-protocol, for example, enables automatic configuration of a complete MRP ring. And this means that installation is simpler, faster and even more reliable".

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