Managed Ethernet Switches

Belden offers a broad portfolio of ruggedized managed Ethernet switches that are engineered for reliable performance in harsh industrial environments. With Layer 2 (data link layer) and Layer 3 (network layer) options, you'll find just what you need in our Hirschmann and GarrettCom product families.

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What is a Managed Ethernet Switch?

A network switch connects devices on a network by using packet switching to receive, process and forward data to a destination device. Using an Ethernet switch targets data to a specific device rather than broadcasting out of all ports. A "managed" Ethernet switch allows you to configure what data gets priority on your mission-critical LAN. These switches also give you the capacity to monitor LAN traffic, build in redundancy and control who has access to make changes.

Upgrading Infrastructure with Industrial Ethernet Switches

An aluminum can manufacturer upgraded its network using an array of Hirschmann and Belden products across three phases. First, managed Ethernet switches were built on a fiber optic backbone for fast, reliable data transfer. Second, fiber was terminated at the patch panels to ensure the network will be able to connect more Ethernet switches on new equipment. Third, a local area network (LAN) was installed using Hirschmann industrial switches.

These network upgrades provided increased production and efficiency and full visibility into the network so any issues can be identified immediately.

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Managed Industrial Switches - BOBCAT

Learn more about our new industrial Ethernet switch that supports the IEEE 802.3bz standard and works at 2.5 Gigabit speeds, perfect for industrial applications. Designed to support growing bandwidth needs, the BOBCAT offers manufacturers the ability to build next generation networks.

  • Simultaneously support multiple services on one network with time-sensitive networking
  • Limit downtime and ensure network protection
  • Prepare for future network growth
 

Keep Your Network Safe with Managed Ethernet Switches

A vital function that is often unaccounted for in initial network architectures is built-in redundancy, the capability of the network to quickly reroute traffic in case of a failure at a particular point. Unfortunately, many operations learn the hard way because they don’t account for redundancy when designing their networks. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about how you can build network redundancy with Hirschmann backbone and field Ethernet switches.

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Industrial Ethernet Switches build Redundancy

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