Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has announced the newest industrial Ethernet switch from Hirschmann – the GREYHOUND 1040. This full Gigabit Ethernet switch delivers on the high-bandwidth and data speed needs of industrial networks and offers a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) fiber port option – a first for the industry.

“We know our customers are facing increased bandwidth and power requirements. The GREYHOUND 1040 switch enables you to react quickly and modify networks in real time as your needs change,” said Juergen Schmid, senior product manager at Belden. “Typically, high-speed and high-power capabilities require costly hardware. Our industry-first 2.5 GE fiber port option fills a unique niche in the market, when 1 Gigabit isn’t enough, but 10 Gigabits is too costly. We expect this mid-range, cost-effective option will soon be an IEEE standard.”

The GREYHOUND 1040 switch supports up to 28 Gigabit ports and can operate as a backbone switch. For networks with strict uptime requirements, the GREYHOUND 1040 enables system updates, modifications and expansions without taking the network offline through:

  • Redundant power supplies that can be easily changed out in the field.
  • Interchangeable media modules that enable the addition of new ports or changing existing port types.

“More applications and devices than ever before require power. Whether you’re upgrading your physical security system or taking advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things phenomenon, you need powerful solutions like the GREYHOUND 1040 switch for high-speed communications,” adds Schmid.

Industries, such as power transmission and distribution, transportation, and physical security, will benefit from the GREYHOUND 1040 switch’s technical features, and its adherence to specific industry standards, certifications and approvals.

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As an early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows industrial IT and delivers the next generation of industrial networking solutions, including wired, wireless and embedded products. With its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – Belden helps companies minimize downtime and take advantage of the real-time data access and control made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through a seamless, secure and scalable industrial Ethernet infrastructure, companies are equipped to revolutionize their operations and achieve improved efficiency, productivity and agility. Visit to learn more.