Ethernet/IP Tester

Multi-Functional Ethernet Test Solution

Multi-Port GigE Ethernet/IP Tester

mTOP™ HD-PacketExpert™ 12/24 ports and mTOP™ Probe Unit

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Centralized Web Application controlling mTOP™ Probes

As depicted in the centralized test scenario, multiple mTOP™ probe units deployed at different locations are all connected to the central system. The central system comprises of web server, and a web-based application, to facilitate remote access through web browser clients. Multiple users can access the web server located at central system via browser application controlling multiple mTOP™ probes located at different locations.

The users can run any TDM-Optical-Packet interface tests with appropriate hardware incorporated within mTOP™ probe deployed at different locations. The tests and the configurations on the hardware can be controlled remotely using any browser-capable (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) device such as desktops, table PCs MAC systems (Mac, iPhone, iPad) or PDAs.

The active/idle status of the probe, test running on the hardware, ports configured for the test and all the probe related details are logged in the web server. The user can stop the running tests, change the configurations, and rerun the tests and also view the test results/statistics in the browser application, thus controlling the mTOP™ probe remotely.

Remote Access via REST APIs

As depicted in the test scenario, the mTOP™ Probe with PacketExpert™ USB hardware and Web server running on the NUC mini PC acts as REST Web Service Server. Command line Interface (CLI) support allows remote controlling using Java, Python, C#, and other clients.

Web service uses REST APIs which are based on URLs and the HTTP protocol and use browser compatible JSON for a data format. The clients directly communicate with the server and controls mTOP™ Probe using high-level REST APIs. APIs uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. Web server receives the HTTP requests from clients and executes the tasks as per the request and sends back the response to the client in JSON format.

Different clients (Java, Python, C#,…..) can connect to single mTOP™ Probe (Web server) to run any functions (BERT, Loopback, RFC2544, Record Playback, WAN Emulation, Multi-stream Traffic Generation and Analysis), using the REST APIs, permitting complex real-time test scenarios.

Browser based application controlling mTOP™ Probe Unit (Portable Solution)

As depicted in the test scenario, a single mTOP™ Probe unit which includes PacketExpert™ hardware and in-built NUC mini PC can be controlled remotely using browser application.

GL’s latest mTOP™ Probe stand-alone hardware variant is an all-in-one self-contained test instrument. The mTOP™ Probe can include any of the multiple TDM Optical and Packet interfaces USB device combined with the PC in one single box. The rear panel displays the PC interfaces - USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports, GigaBit Ethernet port, HDMI, along with 256 GB HDD, 8G memory, i3/i7 NUC, and Windows® 10 64-bit OS.

mTOP™ Probe forms a portable solution with web server installed and running on the NUC mini PC included along with the hardware unit within the probe. External USB based Wi-Fi adaptor can be plugged to the USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel provides wireless connectivity. The tests and the configurations on the hardware can be controlled remotely using any browser-capable (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) device such as desktops, table PCs MAC systems (Mac, iPhone, iPad) or PDAs.

Overview

GL offers mTOP™ high-density rack and portable Probe hardware test platforms. The mTOP™ rack test platform is a 1U/2U rack enclosures within which PacketExpert™ 1G or PacketExpert™ 10GX USB units or combination of the USB hardware devices can be stacked to provide high density GigE ports form factor solution for testing GigE switches, routers and network conditions.

The sleek design of PacketExpert™ 10GX (PXN100) and PacketExpert™ 1G (PXE100) portable hardware devices allow multiple units to be easily placed in a mTOP™ 1U/2U rack mount enclosure (MT001/MT001E, MT002, MT003, MT004) to provide high density GigE ports form factor solution (MT001/MT001E + PXN100) or (MT001/MT001E+PXE100).

mTOP™ Probe is a stand-alone portable hardware unit, which can house PacketExpert™ 10GX (PXN100) or PacketExpert™ 1G (PXE100) USB hardware devices to support 1 to 10 GigE network testing. The comprehensive mTOP™ Probe hardware unit is designed for easier portability and thus convenient for field testing, which incorporates the testing features for multiple interfaces along with necessary PC hardware in a single box.

Each PacketExpert™ 10GX hardware unit in the mTOP™ system is capable of both 1 Gbps and 10Gbps testing. It has two 10/1 Gbps Optical ports, and two 1 Gbps Electrical/Optical ports. The 10 Gbps Optical ports can be down-shifted to 1Gbps, thus allowing all 4 ports for 1 Gbps testing. It is a compact with reduced power requirements appliance for high performance and optionally can include 12-port user-configurable TTL trigger ports as an important enhancement.

And each PacketExpert™ 1G hardware unit in the mTOP™ system is capable of 1 Gbps Ethernet testing which includes 4 Electrical Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000 Mbps) and 2 Optical Ports (1000 Mbps). Two of the 4 ports in the PacketExpert™ unit supports 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.

A single PacketExpert™ mTOP™ test solution (MT001/MT001E + PXN100) or (MT001/MT001E + PXE100) with stacked rack units greatly reduces the licensing costs per device. It is a perfect ethernet test tool for customers who require multi-port testing but are constrained by lab space. For more details on mTOP™ rack-based platform, refer to Test Tools in Rack Based Platforms.

  • PacketExpert SA (PXN112) is a 12-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 1U Rackmount enclosure includes 12-Port PacketExpert™ 10GX w/ MT001/MT001E and 3x PXN100 units.
  • PacketExpert SA (PXN124) is a 24-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 2U Rackmount enclosure includes 24-Port PacketExpert™ 10GX w/ MT001/MT001E, MT002 and 6x PXN100 units.
  • PacketExpert SA (PXE112) is a 12-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 1U Rackmount enclosure includes 12-Port PacketExpert™ 1G w/ MT001/MT001E and 3x PXE100 units.
  • PacketExpert SA (PXE124) is a 24-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 2U Rackmount enclosure includes 24-Port PacketExpert™ 1G w/ MT001/MT001E, MT002 and 6x PXE100 units.

The stand-alone mTOP™ Probe variant includes (MT005/MT005E + PXN100) or (MT005/MT005E + PXE100) single USB units along with necessary PC interfaces which makes the all-in-one self-contained test instrument portable and remote access. The comprehensive mTOP™ Probe hardware unit is a perfect ethernet test tool for customers who require easier portability and thus convenient for drive testing. There are no moving parts with the unit, so reliability and longevity are integral.  For more details on mTOP™ test platforms, refer to Test Tools in Rack and Portable Platforms.

  • PacketExpert™ mTOP™ Probe (MT005/MT005E + PXN100) includes a single 4-Port PacketExpert™ 10GX (1G/10G) USB unit w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel NUC Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 256 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory.
  • PacketExpert™ mTOP™ Probe (MT005/MT005E + PXE100) includes a single 4-Port 1G PacketExpert™ USB unit w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel NUC Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 256 GB Hard drive, 8G Memory.

The PacketExpert™ mTOP™ test platforms provide various important functionalities such as Wire speed BERT, RFC 2544 Testing, Smart Loopback, ExpertSAM, Record and Playback, PacketBroker, WAN Link Emulation, Multi Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer, and ExpertTCP.


Applications

  • Multiport Ethernet Switch Testing
  • Bit error-rate test (BERT) is for long-term service integrity testing
  • Testing Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Q-in-Q (Stacked VLAN) enabled Networks
  • End to end testing of network paths, and network devices like Ethernet Switches/Router for QoS parameters
  • In-depth troubleshooting of the Carrier network in the event of network failures or impairments
  • SLA Benchmark Testing with RFC2544 Tests
  • Smart Loopback mode for single-ended testing scenarios
  • 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.
  • Test routers, switches, VoIP handsets, VoIP PBXs, set-top boxes, and VoD servers

Key Features

  • High density Ethernet Ports with 12 or 24 ports. mTOP™ can be stacked with multiple PacketExpert™ devices to handle large number of ports. Includes all necessary PC hardware with Windows® OS
  • mTOP™ Probe variant supports multiple interface TDM/Optical/Packet testing. Includes necessary PC interfaces along with hardware unit making it portable solution convenient for field testing.
  • Wire-speed BERT, Selective-Port and Smart Loopback, RFC 2544, ExpertSAM, Record and Playback, PacketBroker, Multi Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer, ExpertTCP, and WAN Link Emulation.
  • Layer 1, Framed Ethernet (Layer 2), Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IP (Layer 3), and UDP (Layer 4)
  • User selectable Electrical and/or Optical interface allowing mixed technology testing.
  • Generate and capture Ethernet traffic on Electrical (up to 10/100/1000 Mbps) and Optical (1/10 Gbps) interfaces
  • All interfaces can run simultaneously and independently
  • Rack mountable, higher scalability, multi-device support.
  • Stack multiple rack units to handle large number of ports.
  • Stacked rack units greatly reduce the licensing costs per device
  • Automation and remote accessibility via scripting and Ethernet remote desktop
  • Centralized web solution for multiple probe control and user access
  • Configure and run real-time tests remotely via browser-based clients
  • Web interface accessible via any browser-capable (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) device such as desktops, table PCs MAC systems (Mac, iPhone, iPad) or PDAs.
  • External USB based Wi-Fi adaptor support for wireless connectivity.
  • Web service using REST APIs support across Python, Java, C# and more clients.

Multi-device Capability

Applications 1U mTOP™ PacketExpert™
(12 ports)
2U mTOP™ PacketExpert™
(24 ports)

All Port BERT
(Ports 1G: #1, #2, #3, #4 in each Device)
(Ports 10G: #1, #2 in each Device)

1G: 12 ports
10G: 6 ports

1G: 24 ports
10G: 12 ports

BERT/Loopback
(1G: BERT on Ports #1 & #3; Loopback on ports #2 & #4 in each Device)
(10G: BERT on Port#1; Loopback on Port#2)

1G: 6 ports Bert, 6 ports Loopback
10G: 3 ports Bert, 3 ports Loopback

1G: 12 ports Bert, 12 ports Loopback
10G: 6 ports Bert, 6 ports Loopback

RFC 2544
(1G/10G: Ports #1 & #2 in each Device)

6 ports

12 ports

IPLinkSim
(1G/10G: Ports #1 & #2 in each Device)

6 ports

12 ports

IPNetSim
(1G/10G: Ports #1, & #2 in each Device)

6 ports

12 ports

ExpertSAM
(1G/10G: Port #1 in each Device)

3 ports

6 ports

Record and Playback
(1G/10G: Ports #1, #2 in each Device)

Record Only
(1G/10G: Ports #1 & #2 in each Device)

Playback Only
(10G: Ports #1, & #2 in each Device)
(1G: Ports #1, #2, #3, #4 in each Device)


6 ports

10G: 6 ports
1G: 12 ports


10G: 6 ports
1G: 12 ports


12 ports

10G: 12 ports
1G: 24 ports


10G: 12 ports
1G: 24 ports

PacketBroker
(Ports #1, #2, #3, #4 in each Device)

12 ports

24 ports

Multi Stream Traffic Generator and Analyzer
(1G/10G: Port #1; Loopback on Port #2 in each Device)

3 ports MTGA, 
3 ports Loopback

6 ports MTGA, 
6 ports Loopback

mTOP™ 10G/1G Multi-Port Ethernet Rackmount

PacketExpert™ SA (PXN112) is a 12-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 1U Rackmount enclosure includes 12-Port PacketExpert™ 10GX w/ MT001/MT001E and 3x PXN100 units.

PacketExpert™ SA (PXN124) is a 24-Port PacketExpert™ w/ Embedded Single Board Computer (SBC). SBC Specs: Intel Core i3 or optional i7, Win10 Pro 64-bit OS, USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, 240GB Hard drive, 8G Memory. 19" 2U Rackmount enclosure includes 24-Port PacketExpert™ 10GX w/ MT001/MT001E, MT002 and 6x PXN100 units.

PacketExpert 10GX (PXN100) mTOP™ Ethernet IP Tester Brochure

Specifications


Front and Back Panel View of mTOP™ HD-PacketExpert™ 




Two-stacked 1U mTOP™
(MT001/MT001E + MT002) – Front Panel View

Two-stacked 1U mTOP™ with SBC connected
to w/o SBC rack

(MT001/MT001E + MT002) – Back Panel View

Interface:

12 Total Ethernet ports (HD-PacketExpert-12)
mTOP™ System (embedded SBC, 3x PXN100)

PacketExpert™ 10GX (PXN100) interfaces–
6 x 1G Base-X Optical OR 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical
6 x 100 Mbps Base-FX optical interface
6 x 10G Base-SR, -LR -ER Optical only

24 Total Ethernet Ports (HD-PacketExpert-24)
12 x 100 Mbps Base-FX optical interface
mTOP™ 1 System (embedded SBC, 3x PXN100)
mTOP™ 2 System (w/o SBC, 3x PXN100)

12 x 1G Base-X Optical OR 10/100/1000 Base-T Electrical
12 x 10G Base-SR, -LR -ER Optical only

Dimension:

Length: 16 Inches
Width: 19 Inches
Height: 2x 1U mTOP (HD-PacketExpert-24) or 
           1U mTOP (HD-PacketExpert-12)

Power Source:

ATX Power Supply

SBC specifications:

Intel Core i3 or optional i7 Equivalent, Windows® 10 64-bit Pro Operating System
USB 2.0 or 3.0 Ports, ATX Power Supply
240GB Hard drive, 8G Memory (Min)
Two HDMI ports for display

Order information -

MT001/MT001E
PXN100

Report Generation

HD-PacketExpert™ includes report generation option to generate consolidated CSV and PDF file format reports for all the 12/24 ports. The following sample CSV and PDF reports generated for ‘All ports BERT’ test includes Interface, BERT Statistics, Tx/Rx Statistics, Tx Configuration, and Rx Configuration details for each of the 12 /24 ports.



Screenshot of BERT Multi-device PDF Report


Screenshot of BERT Multi-device CSV Report

Buyer's Guide

Please Note: The 'Pxx' in the Item No. refers to the hardware platform on which the software will be running. Therefore, 'Pxx' can either be PXE (1G) or PXG (10G) or PXN (10GX) depending upon the hardware.