Hirschmann Operating System (HiOS)

The HiOS software from Hirschmann increases the power and performance of its Industrial Ethernet switches. HiOS software supports various security mechanisms, comprehensive management and diagnostic methods, precise time synchronization and redundancy protocols.

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Complete with an embedded OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) server, the software provides a brand agnostic, seamless and future-proof solution as industrial automation moves towards Industry 4.0. And with Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) capabilities and configuration templates, manufacturers can easily and cost-effectively transmit critical and non-critical data on the same network.



  • Redundancy: An extensive number of standardized and proprietary redundancy mechanisms to meet any requirement
  • Security: Comprehensive security functionality to help you secure your networks
  • IT/OT Convergence: Office and industrial management protocols to facilitate the integration of IT and OT networks
  • Future Proof: Built-in OPC UA server provides a brand-agnostic communication bridge between all levels of the automation architecture
  • Deterministic Communication: Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) functionality for RSPE35/37 and BOBCAT products, as well as OCTOPUS II devices with FPGA

Technical Data

Software Levels Functionality More Information
Layer 2 Standard Suitable for BOBCAT, RSP, RSPE, RED, GREYHOUND and OCTOPUS series. In addition to numerous IPv4 and IPv6 management and diagnostic options, HiOS provides precise time synchronization compliant with IEEE 1588v2, plus a variety of redundancy protocols. With zero switchover times, the PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) and HSR (High-Availability Seamless Redundancy) methods ensure smooth production processes. Comprehensive security mechanisms protect your network against attacks and operating errors, also contributing to high network availability. TSN for RSPE35, RSPE37, BRS and OCTOPUS with FPGA. Online Catalog
Layer 2 Embedded Suitable for EES series. In addition to numerous management and diagnostic options, HiOS provides precise time synchronization compliant with IEEE 1588v2, plus a variety of redundancy protocols. With zero switchover times, the PRP and HSR methods ensure smooth production processes. Comprehensive security mechanisms protect your network against attacks and operating errors, also contributing to high network availability. Online Catalog
Layer 2 Advanced Suitable for OCTOPUS, MSP, GREYHOUND, BOBCAT, RSPE and RSP series. The Advanced Level includes all features of the Standard Level, plus additional redundancy enhancements with MRP over Link Aggregation and DLR, as well as the FuseNet™ family of redundant network coupling protocols. The software also includes an OPC UA server, Quality of Service functions, such as DiffServ, MAC and IP-based VLANs, protocol-based VLANs and security mechanisms, like enhanced Access Control Lists (ACL), flow-based ACL, RADIUS-based policy assignment, IP source guard, dynamic ARP inspection, and IEEE 802.1x multi-client authentication. Online Catalog
Layer 3 Standard Suitable for OCTOPUS, GREYHOUND, RSP and RSPE series. Layer 3 Standard software includes all features of the Layer 2 software, plus additional functionality, such as static and dynamic unicast routing, 1:1 Network Address Translation, router redundancy and multicast forwarding. Online Catalog
Layer 3 Advanced Suitable for MSP, GREYHOUND and DRAGON MACH4000 series. Layer 3 Advanced includes all features of the Layer 3 Standard software, plus additional functionality and a wide range of dynamic unicast- and multicast-routing protocols. Online Catalog

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