Belden Adds New Hirschmann PowerMICE

beldenBelden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, presents in the EMEA region with the new PowerMICE, the third generation of the Modular Industrial Communication Equipment family from its Hirschmann product portfolio. This modular switch for DIN rail mounting offers comprehensive network protection for the first time. The switch incorporates security mechanisms that regulate network access and protect against attacks. These include port security, DHCP Snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection, IP Source Guard, ingress / egress ACL, sFlow, Storm Control, automatic Denial-of-Service prevention and port access control via 802.1x including multi-client authentication, Radius VLAN/policy assignment and guest/unauthenticated VLAN. Hardware redundancy methods such as PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) and HSR (High Availability Seamless Redundancy) also ensure uninterrupted data communication. As a result, this IPv6-ready switch allows applications to be implemented where both an extremely high level of network security and network availability are required. It can also be seamlessly 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 fiber types or I/O functionality.

Media modules can be assembled quickly without tools using a click-in mechanism. Modules can be removed just by 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.

The switch meets all relevant industry standards and also offers high shock and vibration resistance. The temperature range is 0 °C to +60 °C. Optional versions are also available for ambient temperatures from -40 °C to +70 °C. Their circuit boards can be specially coated (conformal coating) on request to protect against condensation.

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. Depending on the power supply configuration, up to 120 watt can be supplied via the backplane of the switch.

The switch status can be monitored locally. Detailed information can be displayed via a standard web browser. The integrated SNMP interface offers an additional centralized management function that makes it possible to use network management software such as Industrial HiVision. Configuration and diagnostics can be carried out with HiDiscovery, IHV or via a web interface.

With the new PowerMICE from the Hirschmann product portfolio, Belden has again demonstrated its technology leadership in the area of Industrial Ethernet. Product Manager Pascal Unterdorfer comments: “This switch offers unique security features and innovative hardware redundancy methods, in short: maximum network availability. It means that maximum productivity of the connected machines and equipment is ensured at all times.”

Hirschmann, a Belden Brand, manufactures Ethernet switches, wireless access points, firewall/VPN routers and network management software for harsh industrial environments. The Hirschmann brand stands for experience and expertise in the automation, power transmission and distribution, transportation and energy industries, having pioneered the development of Ethernet as a common standard for industrial control systems. Hirschmann products ensure hassle-free and secure data communication under the harshest conditions due to their ruggedized design and construction. For more information about Hirschmann, please visit or e-mail for product inquiries.