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PacketExpert™
Quad Port Ethernet / VLAN / MPLS / IP / UDP Tester

Quad Port Ethernet Tester

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Overview

PacketExpert™ is a portable (USB based) Quad Port Ethernet / VLAN / MPLS / IP / UDP Tester with 4 Electrical Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000 Mbps) and 2 Optical Ports (1000 Mbps). Each GigE port provides independent Ethernet/VLAN/MPLS/IP/UDP testing at wire speed for applications such as BERT, RFC 2544, and Loopback. BERT is implemented for all layers (as depicted below). RFC 2544 is applicable for Layers 2, 2.5, and 3, and Loopback is applicable for Layers 2, 3, and 4.

GL’s PacketExpert™ 10G provides comprehensive testing of 10 Gbps wirespeed Ethernet/IP networks. It has two 10 Gbps Optical ports, and two 10/100/1000 Mbps Electrical/Optical ports capable of BERT, Smart Loopback, RFC 2544, ExpertSAM, Record and Playback, IPLinkSim™ and PacketBroker functionalities.

It truly takes confusion out of Ethernet / IP testing at all protocol layers - from Layer1 frames to IP/UDP packets. It can be used as a general purpose Ethernet to IP performance analysis tool for 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet local area networks and wide area networks (WAN).
Two of the 4 ports in the PacketExpert™ unit support both electrical and optical interfaces per unit, enabling testing on optical fiber links as well. The electrical ports support 10/100/1000 Mbps, and optical ports support 1000 Mbps using SFP. With IPLinkSim™ feature, the PacketExpert™ also emulates a bidirectional IP WAN link on these two ports.

PacketExpert™ provides the following important functionalities –


PackeExpert™ Main GUI

GL’s PacketCheck™ is a software-only Ethernet to IP Test tool, with BERT and throughput (up to 800 Mbps) testing ability that is comprehensive and very easy to use as a general purpose network performance analysis tool for 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps LANs and WANs. Please visit PacketCheck™ page for more details.

Below is a depiction of the protocol stack that is supported with PacketExpert™.


PacketExpert™ at Layer 1 (Physical), Layer 2 (Data Link) with stacked VLAN tag, Layer2.5 (MPLS),
Layer 3 (Network), and Layer 4 (Transport) of OSI model

Main Features

Hardware

  • USB based Quad Ports Ethernet / IP Tester
  • All 4 ports can be electrical supporting user-defined or auto-negotiated speed of 10/100/1000 Mbps Full Duplex mode
  • 2 of the 4 ports can be optical supporting 1000 Mbps line rate Full Duplex mode

Ethernet / IP Testing

  • Capable of generating/receiving Ethernet to IP traffic at wire speed
  • Control multiple hardware units from a single GUI, multiplying the number of ports available per system
  • Traffic options lets technicians generate Ethernet to IP frames with user-configurable frame length, and frame size with varying traffic rates
  • User selectable Electrical and/or Optical interface for Port2 and Port3 allows mixed technology testing.
  • Wire-speed BERT, RFC 2544, RFC 2544 (single Port), Loopback, and WAN Link Emulation.
  • BERT, RFC 2544 Testing over Framed Ethernet (Layer2), Stacked MPLS (Layer2.5), IP and UDP. BERT testing is also supported on Layer1.
  • Field upgradable technology allows tester to stay current with industry trend.
  • Support for ARP, Ping, IPv6 etc.
  • Testing with stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q) – up to 3 levels
  • Testing with stacked MPLS, up to 3 levels
  • Multi-board support for All Port BERT, BERT/Loopback, RFC 2544, RFC 2544 (Single Port) and All Port Loopback applications

Wire speed BERT

  • Capable of handling full wire speed BERT, in both directions, on all available ports.
  • Supports industry standards PRBS patterns 29-1, 211-1, 215-1, 220-1, 223-1, 229-1, and 231-1, constant patterns like all ones, all zeroes, alt ones-zeroes and user-defined test patterns ranging between 1 to 32 bits.
  • Single as well as constant rate Bit Error and FCS Error Insertion.
  • Optional sequence number insertion allows detecting out-of-sequence packets and packet loss.
  • Support for frame lengths from 64 bytes to Jumbo frames (up to 2048 bytes).
  • User-defined header parameters for MAC, VLAN, MPLS, IP and UDP layers.
  • Multi-board support for wire-speed BERT and BERT/Loopback applications

Loopback

  • Both smart loopback (auto layer detection) and selected user-defined layers loopback capabilities for incoming traffic.
  • Multi-board support for all port loopback application

RFC2544

  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss testing supporting uni-directional and bi-directional traffic between ports
  • Supports RFC 2544 on single or dual electrical / optical ports
  • User-defined configuration parameters such as frame size, trial duration, number of trials, etc.
  • Multi-board support for single and dual ports RFC 2544 application

Statistics and Graphs

  • Real-time results are presented in both tabular as well as graphical format.
  • Detailed test result reports in PDF and CSV file formats.
  • Detailed frame statistics in tabular format for all the ports.
  • Provides various vital measurements such as Bit Error Rate, Bit Error Count, Sync Loss Count, Sync Loss Seconds, and Error Free Seconds.
  • Real time graphical representation of the combined Throughput and Bit Error rate, plotted over time for BERT testing.
  • Graphs and Statistics for all the RFC 2544 tests.
  • Throughput graph from 10 seconds to 7 days (only for IPLinkSim™).
  • Link (P2-P3/P3-P2) statistics and Port (P2, P3) statistics.
  • Supports pause frame transmission with user defined quanta on each port independently.

Applications

  • Test and verify QoS Parameters of network devices like Switches/Routers etc.
  • End to end testing of network paths for QoS parameters
  • In-depth troubleshooting of the Carrier network in the event of network failures or impairments
  • QoS testing of Triple-play services to ensure that they fully qualify SLA parameters
  • Terrestrial wireless, satellite, and other WAN technologies network validations.
  • Test VoIP network in real-time conditions to verify if it meets the quality requirements before you deploy.
  • Testing video on IP networks by emulating the loss and congestion characteristics

PacketExpert™ 1G



PacketExpert™ Hardware Unit



Back Panel
 
Front Panel

Interfaces

  • 2 x 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical only
  • 2 x 1000 Base-X Optical OR 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical
  • Single Mode or Multi Mode Fiber SFP support with LC connector

Protocols

  • RFC 2544 compliance

Bus Interface

  • USB 2.0

Power

  • +9 volts, 2.2 Amps

Temperature

  • Operating Temperature: +5 to +40C
  • Non-Operating Temperature: -30 to +60C

Humidity

  • Operating Humidity: 0% to 80% RH
  • Non-Operating Humidity: 0% to 95% RH

Altitude

  • Operating Altitude: Up to 10,000 feet
  • Non-Operating Altitude:  Up to 50,000 feet

Physical Specification

  • Length: 8.45 in. (214.63 mm)
  • Width: 5.55 in. (140.97 mm)
  • Height: 1.60 in (40.64 mm)
  • Weight: 1.66 lbs. (0.75 kg)

for more information, please visit PacketExpert™ 1G Webpage.

PacketExpert™ 10G

PacketExpert™ 10G (PXG100) product that provides comprehensive testing of 10G Ethernet/IP networks. It has two 10G optical ports, capable of BERT, Loopback and RFC 2544 test functionalities. Other additional functionalities include -ExpertSAM, IPLinkSim, Record/Playback, and PacketBroker. The hardware interface also includes two 10/100/1000Mbps Electrical / Optical ports, supporting functionalities similar to the PacketExpert™ (PXE100).

PacketExpert™ 10G Unit

Touchscreen Handheld PacketExpert™ 10G

This version of 10G Ethernet/IP Tester (PXG101), with a Tablet PC mounted on PacketExpert™ 10G, which makes this tester suitable for field testing.

PacketExpert™ 10G - Tablet Inspired

PacketExpert™ 12/24 GigE Ports

High Density PacketExpert™ of 12/24 GigE ports form factor solution for testing GigE switches, routers and network conditions. This multi-device hardware unit incorporates all the features of a single quad port PacketExpert™ unit along with the necessary PC hardware with Windows® OS and remote accessibility via Ethernet Remote Desktop.

  • PacketExpert SA (PXE112) is a 12-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Atom CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 7, MSATA SSD, 4 USB Ports.  19" 1U Rackmount Enclosure. (If options, then x 3).
  • PacketExpert SA (PXE124) is a 24-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC).  SBC Specs: Intel Atom CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 7, MSATA SSD, 4 USB Ports.  19" 2U Rackmount Enclosure. (If options, then x 6).

PacketExpert™ 12/24 GigE Ports

Packet Analyzer

Measuring delay, jitter and packet loss through these networks is critical and network testers will need to precisely time events. Understanding the time from which the Air Traffic Controller keys PTT until the IP stream indicates that the PTT bit is set is a relevant testing scenario. This delay measurement is possible using GL’s Packet Analyzer - PacketExpert™. The Packet Analyzer is capable of generating event driven triggers based on certain packet filters. For each packet that satisfies filter criteria that will be forwarded for timestamping and synchronizing with other equipment.

Packet Analyzer hardware is capable of modifying the filtered packets using an inband method to convey information such as Timestamp (8 Bytes), Board Serial No. (1 Byte), Port No. (4 Bits), and Filter No. (2 bytes), to the output ports in the packet's MAC header.



Interfaces

  • 19” 1U Rackmount Enclosure, w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC).
  • SBC Specifications: Intel Atom CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 7, MSATA SSD, 4 USB Ports.
  • 2 x 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical only
  • 2 x 1000 Base-X Optical OR 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical
  • Single Mode or Multi Mode Fiber SFP support with LC connector

Power

  • Internal

Physical Specification

  • Length: 16 in
  • Width: 18.94 in. (with rack mounting flanges)
  •            16.73" (without rack mounting flanges)
  • Height: 1.72 in
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs. (2.608 kg)

Layer 1 Frame Testing

In Layer1 testing, data is carried over Layer1 frames. Only the Preamble, SFD and Frame Check Sequence are present. Apart from these fields, the entire frame consists of the payload (BERT pattern).

GL’s PacketExpert™ supports layer 1 testing with

  • Intuitive GUI Layer selection option allows user to easily configure Layer1 testing, as well as other layers
  • BERT and Loopback Testing
  • Detailed Statistics

LAYER 1 Selection

LAYER 1 Statistics

Ethernet, Stacked Virtual LAN (VLAN) Testing Features

Ethernet is a most commonly used local area network (LAN) technology, whose transmission speed ranges from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. It is defined by 802.3 standards. A typical Ethernet frame structure is shown below:


Ethernet Frame

With the implementation of frame tagging, the Ethernet frames can be identified as belonging to a particular logical LAN. This allows different ports of a switch to be assigned to different logical LANs unlike traditional LANs. The 'tagging' feature evolved as VLANs allowing any user to be connected to any logical LAN, without having the requirements of physical presence in same premises. The VLANs simplifies security, manageability, and load sharing. The implementation is defined in 802.1q standard.

In order to accommodate tagging, a new optional IEEE 802.1Q tag field has been introduced between the Source MAC address and the Length field of the Ethernet frame as shown below:


Ethernet Frame with VLAN Tagging

A multi-tagged frame having multiple VLAN IDs, EtherTypes and other VLAN header bit fields constitute Q-in-Q frames, also referred to as VLAN stacking. This results in the tagged data frame to be tagged again with a VLAN tag, when it traverses the service provider network. The additional tag is removed at the edge of the service provider network before entering to destination network.

GL’s PacketExpert™ is capable of doing Wire speed Ethernet testing over Ethernet/IP networks.

GL’s PacketExpert™ Ethernet and Stacked VLAN testing supports -

  • User configurable Source and Destination MAC Addresses (6 byte hex format), Len/Type field and VLAN fields. Length/Type field can be populated with User Defined value or preset values for IPv4/IPv6
  • Up to 3 stacked VLANs configuration. The sequence of insertion is such that VLAN#1 forms the innermost tag; followed by VLAN#2 and VLAN#3 forms the outermost tag. Flexibility is provided to the user to select the VLAN type field (0x8100, 0x88A8, 0x9100, 0x9200, 0x9300) for each level.
  • BERT, RFC 2544, and Loopback Testing
  • Setting the VLAN Type Field, VLAN Id, and the Priority Fields for each VLAN stack
  • Statistics per stack position level

PacketExpert™ allows verifying the VLAN implementation meets the QoS expectations. User can set the VLAN Priority field to various levels and conduct the BERT and RFC 2544 tests to verify QoS. Utilizing the stacked VLAN feature, along with VLAN priority setting and combining with BERT/RFC 2544 testing helps extend the Layer2 testing over carrier Ethernet networks.


VLAN Stack Field Type configured with Priority and VLAN IDs

Stacked VLAN Statistics

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Testing Features

Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic engineering are inherent features of MPLS. Testing essentially involves sending appropriately formatted MPLS packets through an MPLS provisioned network and verifying:

  • Connectivity – traffic is properly routed to the correct destination, i.e., Label Switching Path
  • Performance – Controlling QoS characteristics like Packet Loss, Latency, and Bandwidth within defined limits.

Both end to end testing from customer edge to customer edge as well as testing within the core MPLS network is important. PacketExpert™ does both.
GL’s PacketExpert™ supports MPLS testing with MPLS related statistics like the Packet Counts per Stack position provided for detailed analysis.

GL’s PacketExpert™ MPLS testing supports

  • Up to 3 MPLS stacked labels - Multiple MPLS label stacks are particularly useful in testing MPLS VPN implementations and multiple MPLS providers, and MPLS tunnels. MPLS#1 is the innermost label, while the other two are inserted in the outer levels.

Multiple MPLS Label stack
  • Configuring the Label value, the CoS bits (also known as the EXP or experimental bits) and the TTL (Time-to-Live) for each label, in addition to selecting the number of MPLS labels.
  • MPLS related statistics like the Packet Count per MPLS stack position are also provided for detailed analysis
  • BERT and RFC 2544 test capabilities over MPLS Layer 2.5 – Supports sending MPLS enabled streams in its BERT and RFC 2544 tests and report various QoS characteristics like Bit Error Rate, Throughput, Frame Loss, and Latency.

MPLS Label Stacking

Stacked MPLS Statistics

IP (Layer 3) Testing

Layer3 configuration allows editing source and destination IP Addresses. In addition, users can configure various IP header fields like TOS, TTL, Protocol, Header Checksum, and Identification field. User can choose to allow hardware to calculate/verify checksum or provide a fixed value. IPv6 is also supported.


IPv4 and IPv6 configuration

IP Statistics

UDP (Layer 4) Testing

Layer4 configuration requires source and destination UDP ports to be defined. User can choose to allow hardware to calculate/verify checksum or provide a fixed value.


UDP configuration

UPD Statistics

Error Insertion

PacketExpert™ provides 2 types of Error Insertion – Bit Error Insertion and FCS (Frame Check Sequence) Error Insertion. Bit Error insertion allows inserting Bit Errors into the outgoing Tx traffic. FCS Error insertion allows sending frames with wrong FCS value.

In both the Bit Error and FCS Error Insertion types, single as well as Rate Error Insertion is supported. Single error insertion allows user to manually introduce a single Bit/FCS error. Rate Error insertion allows the user to select a constant error rate, ranging from 10^-1 to 10^-9, to be introduced into the outgoing stream. Also, FCS Error insertion allows Continuous Error insertion, where every outgoing frame will have FCS error.

BERT Rx provides an option to process frames, even if they have FCS errors, as if they were normal BERT frames.


Bit Error Insertion

FCS Error Insertion

Wire speed BERT

It can perform Wire speed BERT (Bit Error Rate Testing) on all ports simultaneously over Layer1, Framed Ethernet (Layer2), Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IP and UDP. It can generate and receive various BER patterns, including various PRBS patterns, to properly test the Ethernet to IP link. It analyzes the received BER traffic and provides various vital measurements.

With the capability to generate/receive traffic with stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q) and stacked MPLS, PacketExpert™ finds use in testing a wide range of networks – from testing individual links/switches, testing local Ethernet/IP networks (LAN), end to end testing of Wide Area Networks (WAN), testing Core/MPLS networks, and much more.


BER Testing

Loopback Testing

PacketExpert™ has all ports/2 ports Loopback capability. PacketExpert™ supports Layer-wise Loopback as well as Smart Loopback.
Loopback Types

  • Smart Loopback - Analyses incoming traffic, automatically detects and swaps Source and Destination MAC, IP, and UDP addresses before sending back the packet.
  • Layer 1 – Loops back incoming packets as is
  • Ethernet – Swaps Source and Destination MAC addresses before sending back the packet
  • IP – Swaps Source and Destination MAC addresses, IP addresses before sending back the packet.
  • UDP - Swaps Source and Destination MAC addresses, Destination IP addresses, and UDP ports before sending back the packet.


    All Port Loopback Testing

RFC 2544 Testing, RFC 2544 (Single-port) Testing

PacketExpert™ supports Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss and Back to Back tests as specified in RFC 2544. Similar to BERT, RFC 2544 can be done over Framed Ethernet (Layer2), Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), Stacked MPLS, IP or UDP.

RFC 2544 allows the test frame to be configured with Stacked VLAN and Stacked MPLS. This way, end to end RFC 2544 test can be conducted across a Carrier Ethernet/MPLS network.

RFC 2544 testing is supported on dual hardware interface as well as single port hardware interface.


RFC 2544 Testing

WAN IP link Emulation

IPLinkSim™ can simulate all WAN impairment conditions of real world networks such as Bandwidth throttling, Congestion emulation, Latency, Packet Loss, Packet effects, Packet Corruption and more. The link impairments can be applied independently to both directions.

  • Easy-to-use portable hardware based WAN Link Emulator.
  • Emulates 1 bi-directional (2 ports) WAN Link per PacketExpert™ unit.
  • Emulate WAN link conditions separately and independently for each direction. Acts as a transparent Ethernet bidirectional link for easy integration with any test setup.
  • Monitor WAN traffic conditions with visual display of the traffic conditions, including throughput graphs, and link statistics.
  • Check the stability or performance of the network with various real world impairments including Latency, Constant Delay, Delay variation (Jitter), Congestion emulation, Packet Loss/Duplication/reordering, Logic error, and FCS error.
  • Bandwidth control (300 bps up to 1000 Mbps) to emulate various WAN link speeds (Modem, DSL, T1/E1/T3/E3/OC3/OC12 etc).
  • Single as well as constant rate Bit Error and FCS Error Insertion.


    IPLinkSim Testing

Record and Playback

Record and Playback module is used to transmit and / or capture packets at wirespeed over network.  Record and Playback feature is available in various operating modes such as Record Only mode, Playback Only mode, Record and Playback mode, and Record and Playback (per port) mode.

  • Records the received packets into a file up to hard drive capacity (limited by disk write speed)
  • Packet transmission from a file is limited to hard drive capacity
  • Supported output file formats are *.pcap, *.ngcap, *.hdl, and *.dat
  • DDR2 memory size of 2GB
  • WireSpeed packet filter option to filter particular fields within protocol headers
  • results option displays some useful statistics and help to check the progress of the capture /transmission
  • Playback can be done on up to 3 ports simultaneously or per port transmission

Record/Playback Testing

ExpertSAM™

PacketExpert™ - ExpertSAM™ module is a single test conducted to validate service-level agreements (SLAs) as per ITU-T Y.1564 standard. ExpertSAM™ is intended for multiservice testing to measure the maximum performance of the DUT or the Network under test. In particular, it is aimed at solving the limitations of RFC 2544 test. ExpertSAM™ defines a methodology to test Ethernet-based services to carry a variety of traffic, namely voice, video, e-mail, online trading and others.

  • Complete validation of Ethernet service-level agreements (SLAs) in a single test
  • ITU-T Y.1564 standard compliance
  • Supports multiple services with varying performance requirements that meets full load conditions
  • Supports Single service (single stream) and multi services (multiple stream) testing
  • CIR, CIR step rates, EIR, Traffic policing (Overshoot) service configuration test rates
  • Frame Loss, Frame Delay and Frame Delay Variation measurement for guaranteed traffic
  • Simultaneous validation of all the services quality over time

ExpertSAM Testing

PacketBroker™

PacketBroker is a new module added to GL’s PacketExpert™ that allows the test tool to be used as a highly precise non-intrusive Wirespeed Ethernet Tapwith all the necessary features such Pass through TapHardware Filtering, Packet Modification and Output aggregation.

  • Supports capturing on Port 2 and Port 3 PacketExpert™ that can be used in either SFP or Electrical mode.
  • Supports advance features like Filter, Aggregation, and Packet Modification
  • Supports a total of 32 filters per PacketExpert™ unit, with 16 user-configurable filters per port
  • Continuous mode (filters packets continuously) and Trigger mode (stops after the first packet is detected)
  • Modify filtered packets to include useful information like timestamp with nanosecond precision, filter number, port number etc, an inband method of conveying the information to the packet analyser
  • Aggregate filtered packets from pass-through ports and send out as a single stream on selected output port.
  • Supports forwarding the filtered, modified and/or aggregated packets on output ports (Port 1 or Port 4).

PacketBroker Testing

Multi Stream Traffic Generation and Analysis

Multi Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer (PXE108) is a hardware based Ethernet tester capable of generating multi-stream Ethernet traffic of varying packet length and also analyze the loopback traffic. This tool is available on GL’s powerful test platform – PacketExpert™ 1G, and finds itself useful for end-to-end testing of 1 Gbps WAN (Wide Area Network).

The application is also supported on PacketExpert™ 10G platform, where up to 16 multiple streams can be generated. But on PacketExpert™ 1G platform, up to 12 multiple streams can be generated.

The multiple stream generation can be defined according to the intended application type such as Data - HTTP, FTP, ARP, ICMP and many more, VoIP - RTP streams (over UDP) carrying Voice codec payload like G711, G729, AMR etc., and Video - RTP streams (over UDP) with H264 codec.

The test results include Frame Loss, Frame Delay and Frame Delay Variation metrics for each stream. Easily monitor the bandwidth performance using live throughput consolidated graphical view for all the streams (up to 12 streams over 1G ports).

The Port#2 on PacketExpert™ 1G offers Smart Loopback functionality to loop the incoming traffic back to the source in the network. Loopback option helps in easy test setup, especially in end-to-end testing, when the other end is in a remote place. In such cases, one PacketExpert™ 1G can be put in constant Loopback at the remote end, and tests can be controlled at the local end.


Multi-Stream Traffic Generations & Analysis on 1G (up to 12 Streams)

ExpertTCP™

ExpertTCP™ is an optional application with GL's PacketExpert 1G, a quad port tester for 1 Gbps Ethernet/IP Networks. It supports RFC 6349 based TCP Throughput test methodology.

GL's ExpertTCP™ performs bi-directional TCP throughput measurements in combination with another unit at the remote location (other end of the network), that acts as the TCP server. ExpertTCP™ supports both Upstream (Client → Server) and Downstream (Server → Client) direction testing.
ExpertTCP™ supports the TCP throughput testing as per RFC 6349 specification, conducted in 3 steps:

  • Path MTU Discovery
  • Determine Baseline RTT
  • Conduct TCP Throughput test

Simultaneous bi-directional testing/unidirectional testing can be performed. Results are reported for both directions. The server at the remote location is completely controlled by the client side (located locally). User configures both client and server locally, and the results are displayed locally, avoiding the hassles of configuring the test at multiple locations.


ExpertTCP™ on 1G (up to 8 TCP Connections)

Frame Statistics for BERT, RFC 2544, and Loopback Testing

Detailed statistics per port are provided. In addition to statistics like Frame Count, Frame Rate, Link Utilization (Layer 1 line rate in %), Data Rate (Layer 2 data rate in Mbps), etc., statistics are provided based on various categories like Frame Type (Broadcast, Multicast, VLAN), Frame Lengths (64, 65-127, 1024-1518, Oversized, Undersized), Protocol Type (IPv4, IPv6, UDP, TCP, ICMP, IGRP etc.)

Statistics for Stacked VLAN and Stacked MPLS are provided for detailed analysis. Statistics based on the Packet Count per VLAN/MPLS stack position are provided. 'All Ports' result screen for BERT displays consolidated Frame Statistics for Tx / Rx, Bert Status, and Bert Statistics results for all the 4 ports.

Tx and Rx Frame Statistics

All Port BERT Statistics

Generate Report

The Report Generation option allows to create detailed test report in PDF and CSV formats.

Screenshot of generate report Screenshot of sample pdf report

Command Line Interface (CLI)

PacketExpert™ also supports Command line Interface (CLI) to access all the functionalities remotely such as  using TCL (Tool Command Language) and MAPS™ CLI Client/Server architecture.

PacketExpert™ can be configured as server-side application and on the client side, the standard TCL shell (tclsh85.exe) with PacketExpert™ specific functionalities can be used to communicate with the MAPS™ CLI Server, execute scripts, read back responses etc.

  • Capability of remote operation, automation and multi-site connectivity using TCL client and MAPS™ CLI server.
  • Scripts for MAC, VLAN, MPLS, IP and UDP layers testing
  • Multiple PacketExpert™ can be controlled remotely from single client application via MAPS™ CLI server.
  • Scripts for BertLoopbackRFC 2544Record PlaybackIPLinkSim™, PacketBroker, and ExpertSAM™  testing

Command line based TCL client

Buyer's Guide

Please Note: The XX in the Item No. refers to the hardware platform, listed at the bottom of the Buyer's Guide, which the software will be running on. Therefore, XX can either be ETA or EEA (Octal/Quad Boards), PTA or PEA (tProbe Units), UTA or UEA (USB Units), HUT or HUE (Universal Cards), and HDT or HDE (HD cards) depending upon the hardware.

Item No. Item Description

PXE100
PXE104
PXE112
PXE124

PacketExpert™
PacketExpert™ - SA (4 ports) 
PacketExpert™ - SA (12 Ports)
PacketExpert™ - SA (24 Ports)

PXG100

PacketExpert™ 10G

PXG101

PacketExpert™ 10G with Tablet

IPN110 IPLinkSim™ WAN Link Emulator
(1 Gbps, 2 active ports)
IPN510 IPLinkSim™ WAN Link Emulator
(10/1 Gbps, 2 active ports)

PXE105
PXG105

Wire speed Record /Playback - 1G
Wire speed Record /Playback - 10G

PXE107
PXG107

PacketBroker™ - 1G
PacketBroker™ - 10G

PXE108
PXG108

Multi-Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer - 1G (on PXE100) (up to 12 users) (includes ExpertTCP™)
Multi-Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer - 10G (on PXG100, PXG101) (up to 16 users) (includes ExpertTCP™)

PXE106
PXG106

ExpertSAM™ - 1G
ExpertSAM™ - 10G

IPN501

IPNetSim™ 1G (Multi-stream)

IPN505

IPNetSim™ 1G Tablet (Multi-stream)

IPN503 IPNetSim™ 10G (Multi-Stream)
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