Ethernet/IP Tester

Multi-Functional Ethernet Test Solution

PacketExpert™ 100G - Comprehensive Ethernet/IP Testing Solution

Test High Speed Ethernet networks up to 100 Gbps for performance and reliability.

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PacketExpert™ 100G
Portable PacketExpert™ 100G
PacketExpert™ 100G 1U Rack


The PacketExpert™ 100G (PXX100) is a cutting-edge hardware platform designed for extensive testing of wire-speed Ethernet and IP networks, supporting speeds of up to 100 Gbps. The PacketExpert™ 100G is a high performance appliance with specialized network interface cards, GL’s proprietary PacketExpert™ software, large RAM and storage, with optimized processing, and cooling capability. Available in rack-mount and portable platforms.

This versatile device comes with a web-based user interface. All functionalities can be easily accessed through any standard web browser, allowing convenient control from multiple locations and various access devices such as PCs, laptops, and tablets.

The PacketExpert™ 100G hardware platform features a dual-port configuration with two high-speed 100 Gbps QSFP ports (Port 1 and Port 2). These versatile QSFP ports can be easily adapted to support 1Gbps, 10Gbps, 25Gbps, 40Gbps and 50Gbps optical connections by utilizing QSFP+ adapters with respective SFP modules. This flexibility empowers the platform to offer two optical ports for comprehensive Ethernet testing. Additionally, if higher test port density is desired, multiple NIC cards can be seamlessly connected to the appliance.

PacketExpert™ 100G can perform Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT), Loopback Testing and RFC 2544 Testing (throughput, packet loss, latency measurements) methodologies. Each 100G port provides independent Ethernet/VLAN/MPLS/IP/UDP layer-wise testing at wirespeed. BERT, RFC 2544, and Loopback applications are implemented on all transport Layers including Layer 2 (Ethernet), Layer 2.5 (VLAN / MPLS), Layer 3 (IPv4 / IPv6), and Layer 4 (UDP).

Coming Soon!, support for Y.1564 Ethernet SAM, Y.1731 Ethernet OAM, and End-to-End One-Way Delay Measurements using PTP.

PacketExpert™ 100G Applications

PacketExpert™ - Overview

PacketExpert™ 100G - Bit Error Rate Testing

PacketExpert™ - Overview

PacketExpert™ 100G - RFC2544 Testing

PacketExpert™ - Overview

PacketExpert™ 100G - Loopback Testing

Multiple Users with Multiple Servers and Devices

The PacketExpert™ 100G Web interface offers users the convenience of accessing multiple servers that are located in different areas within the same LAN. This allows for seamless connectivity and management of multiple PacketExpert™ 100G devices from a single server, enhancing efficiency and control.

Multiple Users with Multiple Servers and Devices
Multiple devices interfaces

Key Features

PacketExpert™ 100G Hardware - Portable LunchBox / 1U Rackmount

  • Portable PCIe based hardware supports 2 x 100G ports
  • Upgradeable to 8 ports in 2 ports increments
  • Supports QSFP28 form factor
  • Supports 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G and 50G speeds on the same ports with suitable adapters and breakout cables

Web based User Interface on any standard web browser

  • Includes web-based interface, accessible by all standard web browsers across different operating systems
  • The web interface allows multiple users to connect to a single or multiple web server and independently run tests on different hardware units
  • Control multiple devices from a single GUI, multiplying the number of ports available per system

100 Gbps Wirespeed Ethernet / IP Testing

  • Simultaneously generate and receive Ethernet traffic at 100% wire-speed (bidirectional 100 Gbps rate)
  • User-configurable frame size and rate, MAC, IP, MPLS, and VLAN
  • Supports Forward Error Correction (FEC) technique to improve communication reliability by adding extra data to detect and fix errors
  • Supported FEC types are MAC, SFP Host and SFP Media
  • Wire speed BERT, Smart Loopback and RFC 2544 applications
  • Support for frame lengths from 64 bytes to Jumbo frames (up to 16000 bytes)
  • Test at Ethernet (Layer 2), VLAN / Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IP (Layer 3 including IPv4 and Ipv6) and UDP (Layer 4)
  • Customize Ethernet, IP and UDP protocol headers
  • Multi-device support for all the applications for high density testing, upto 4 devices ease, more possible
  • Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) supports industry standard PRBS patterns – 29-1, 211-1, 215-1, 220-1, 223-1, 229-1, and 231-1, as well as user defined static patterns
  • Python Application Programming Interfaces to allow scripting and automation (Optiona)
  • Real-time results are displayed in both tabular and graphical representations
  • Test result reports available in PDF and CSV file formats
  • Detailed frame statistics presented in tabular format for all the ports

Wirespeed BERT Across All Layers - Ethernet, VLAN, MPLS, IP and UDP

  • BERT is applicable for Ethernet (Layer2), up to 3 Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), up to 3 Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IPv4/IPv6 (Layer3) and UDP (Layer4)
  • Intentionally introduce single bit errors individually or at a desired rate
  • User-defined header parameters for MAC, VLAN, MPLS, IPv4/IPv6 and UDP layers
  • Multi-device support for wire-speed BERT and simultaneous BERT/Loopback applications to increase the number of parallel BERT tests
  • Real-time graphical representation of the combined Throughput and Bit Error rate can be plotted over time for BERT testing

RFC 2544 Network Testing

  • RFC 2544 can be tested on Ethernet, VLAN, MPLS, IPv4 / IPv6 and UDP layers
  • Supports Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss, and Back-to-Back performance tests
  • Uni-directional and bi-directional RFC 2544 testing supported
  • User-defined configuration parameters such as frame size, trial duration, number of trials, etc.
  • User selectable single or dual ports RFC 2544 testing
  • Multi-device support for multiple parallel RFC 2544 tests
  • Graphs and Statistics for all the RFC 2544 tests

High Speed Ethernet Loopback

  • Supports smart loopback (auto layer detection), swap source and destination addresses at MAC, IP, and UDP layers
  • Multi-device support for all port loopback application to increase the number of simultaneous Loopback ports

PacketExpert™ 100G Portable & Rackmount Platforms

PacketExpert™ 100G – 4U Rack PC

PacketExpert™ 100G – 4U Rack PC

Specifications - PacketExpert™ 100G – 4U Rack PC
Dimensions 6.9” H x 16.9” W x 17.5” D
Weight 72 lbs
Expansion slots 7
Power supply Redundant 1200W
Ultra-Portable PacketExpert™ 100G

Ultra-Portable PacketExpert™ 100G (Lunchbox)

Specifications - Ultra-Portable PacketExpert™ 100G (Lunchbox)
Dimensions 12.4” H x 16.41” W x 4.39” D
Display 17.3” 1920x1080
Weight 16.5 lbs
Expansion slots Up to 2
Power supply 400W (optional 500W)
Portable PacketExpert™ 100G

Portable PacketExpert™ 100G (Lunchbox)

Specifications - Portable PacketExpert™ 100G (Lunchbox)
Dimensions 13.62” H x 16.50” W x 7.25” D
Display 17.3” 1920x1080
Weight ~23 LBS (10.4KG)
Expansion slots Up to 4
Power supply 680W 100/240VAC
PacketExpert™ 100G Flex Pack

PacketExpert™ 100G Flex Pack (Lunchbox)

Specifications - PacketExpert™ 100G Flex Pack (Lunchbox)
Dimensions 17.06” x 13.67” x 9.02” (H x W x D)
Display 17.3” 1920x1080
Weight ~30 LBS
Expansion slots Up to 7
Power supply 1000W 100-240V 50-60 Hz 80PLUS
PacketExpert™ 100G – 1U Rack PC

PacketExpert™ 100G – 1U Rack PC

Specifications - PacketExpert™ 100G – 1U Rack PC
Dimensions 1.7" H x 17.2" W x 9.8" D
Weight 10 lbs
Expansion slots 1 x Full-height
Power supply 200W

Supported Applications

Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT)

PacketExpert™ 100G supports Wire speed BERT up to 100Gbps simultaneously over Framed Ethernet (Layer 2), Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IPv4/IPv6, and UDP. It can transmit and receive various bit patterns including industry standard PRBS patterns and user-defined patterns. The device can also intentionally introduce bit errors and frame check sequence errors. Wire speed BERT is supported on two 100 Gbps Optical ports.

  • BERT test can be performed on various link speed such as 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G or 100G
  • In this case, Source and Destination PacketExpert™ 100G applications are located in different IP networks
  • These 2 networks are connected through a Router. Refer to the diagram, shows 2 LANs connected through a Router
Bit Error Rate Testing

PacketExpert™ 100G offers a real-time presentation of the combined Throughput and Error Events detected during Bit Error Rate Testing. These occurrences are depicted on a graphical chart as data points over the course of the test. The graph initiates at the beginning of the BER test and stops when the BERT test is terminated.

Bit Error Rate Testing graph

For more information please visit Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) - 100G.

Loopback Testing

PacketExpert™ 100G supports Smart Loopback capability on two 100 Gbps Optical ports (Port 1 and Port 2). During Smart Loopback, PacketExpert™ 100G analyzes incoming traffic, automatically detects, and swaps Source and Destination Addresses and sends back the traffic on the same port. Smart Loopback handles stacked VLAN and stacked MPLS automatically.

All Port Loopback Testing

All Port Loopback Testing

All Port Loopback Testing

Smart Loopback Testing

Smart Loopback Testing

BERT and Loopback Testing

For testing across a network, the remote PacketExpert™ 100G can be left in Loopback mode. BERT is controlled by the local end PacketExpert™ 100G.

BERT and Loopback Testing

BERT and Loopback Testing

For more information please visit Smart Loopback Testing - 100G.

RFC 2544 Network Testing

PacketExpert™ 100G supports RFC 2544 tests on two 100 Gbps Optical ports (Port 1 and Port 2) on Layers 2, 2.5, and 3. RFC 2544 tests includes Ethernet Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss, and Back-to-Back performance tests in accordance with RFC 2544 specifications. The test is setup such that the traffic can be generated and transmitted on either of the ports and the looped back traffic from the DUT is received on the opposite port validating the test parameters.

  • Throughput - Maximum number of frames per second that can be transmitted without any error
  • Latency - Measures the time required for a frame to travel from the originating device through the network to the destination device
  • Frame Loss - Measures the network’s response in overload conditions
  • Back-to-Back - Measures the maximum number of frames received at full line rate before a frame is lost
RFC 2544 Network Testing

Dual RFC 2544 Network Testing

Single RFC 2544 Network Testing

Single RFC 2544 Network Testing

For more information please visit RFC 2544 Network Testing - 100G.

Use Cases

  • Service Provider Excellence:

    • Cutover and Troubleshooting: Seamlessly validate SLA compliance during critical transitions
    • Mission Critical Circuits: Gain assurance that SLAs are consistently met, ensuring uninterrupted operations
  • Equipment Manufacturer Testing:

    • Development: Facilitate R&D troubleshooting, enhancing product quality and efficiency
    • Regression: Conduct thorough, replicable tests over extended periods to ensure sustained performance
    • Production: Verify equipment readiness for shipment, minimizing deployment-related issues
  • Precision Delay Testing:

    • Network Latency Assessment: Analyze packet traversal times with unparalleled accuracy, identifying bottlenecks
    • Equipment Latency: Pinpoint delays within equipment, enabling timely optimizations
  • Test Bed (Lab) Applications:

    • Traffic Generators: Create realistic network scenarios for in-depth testing and analysis
Item Product Description
PXX100 PacketExpert™ 100G Platform (1G, 10G, 25G)
PXX101 Basic Software (Required for PXX100)
PXX103 Additional 2-port card with Basic Software (Up to 4, 2-Port Cards (including the basic 2-Port Card) total per system for 8-Port testing; required for PXX107)
PXX105 40G, 50G, 100G Optional Software
PXX107 PacketExpert™ 100G - Two Card / 4 Port Platform
PXX109 Optional Software for CLI Support
Item Related Hardware and Software
PXN100 PacketExpert™ 10GX
PXN101 10G option for PXN100