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Belden Launches Lite Managed Switches and New Hirschmann Operating System

The new, cost-optimized LEMUR managed switches provide powerful features, including advanced security and full Gigabit Ethernet, to support today’s complex automation environments. Built on all-new, sophisticated HiEOS software, LEMUR switches feature an intuitive web interface to simplify setup and maintenance with no special information technology (IT) expertise required.

Facing the challenge of digital transformation, heightened security threats and budget constraints, enterprises need switches that offer essential features and a secure, ruggedized design at an attractive price point.

With Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+ options, offering up to 180 W of power with no separate power supply and IP30 protection, LEMUR switches were developed in accordance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62443-4-1 security standards.

The LEMUR Lite Managed Switch Family provides powerful benefits such as:

—Easy configuration and management without need for IT intervention via the user-friendly HiEOS web interface.
—Cost-optimized design providing exceptional functionality including full Gigabit Ethernet, high port count, and advanced security.
—Essential features, plus high reliability delivering “set it and forget it” capability to simplify maintenance and lower total cost of ownership.

Running on LEMUR switches, HiEOS offers essential Layer 2 managed switching capabilities – like port control, remote diagnostics and PoE/PoE+ options. Delivering exceptional performance, HiEOS provides a rich feature set including:

—Enhanced security — including SSHv2 and multiple privilege levels — delivering high reliability.
—Redundancy protocols including Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)*, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) Client.
—Interfaces including command-line interface (CLI), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), JavaScript Object Notation Remote Procedure Call (JSON-RPC) and the very user-friendly Hirschmann web interface.

“Today’s enterprises face ever-increasing automation and IT/OT convergence requirements, driving the need to capture, transmit and analyze high volumes of data,” said Mariel Oettinger, Product Manager at Belden. “The LEMUR Lite Managed Switch Family delivers the advanced data rates required in a cost-optimized, space-saving design with an easy-to-use HiEOS web interface. This allows enterprises to gain all the essential switch features they require without paying for what they do not need, while streamlining switch management and lowering costs over the longer term.”

The LEMUR Lite Managed Switch Family ensures durability and reliability for many industrial applications, including manufacturing, machine building, food and beverage, automotive, and consumer packaged goods, along with traffic control systems, train stations and airports.