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Observer nTAP's

Need Access to Network Traffic without Disrupting Data Flow? Add a Network TAP

 

Observer nTAP Family

 

A network TAP (Test Access Point) is a hardware device which provides a way to access the data (packets) moving across a network segment. Network taps are used with network monitoring and collection devices, such as intrusion detection systems, protocol analyzers, VoIP analyzers, network probes and RMON probes that require access to the packets on a network segment.

 

Observer nTAP's are designed for copper, optical fiber, or conversion between the two media. nTap's are as either full-duplex or as an aggregator to half-duplex.

Observer nTAP Deployment

A full-duplex TAP will guarantee that all of the network traffic, including error information, makes it to the analysis device. It requires the analysis device to have two receive ports one for ingress and another for egress traffic.

 

An Aggregator TAP merges ingress and egress data into single streams for transmission to a single port analysis device.

 

Taps are useful because they are non-obtrusive, non-detectable and will pass-through traffic even if the tap stops working or loses power. TAPís are an alternative to monitoring ports on a switch which receive a copy of the activity of one or more ports.

 

TAPís have some advantages over monitoring ports, but both only allow the attachment of one monitoring device. A TAP provides a one to one relationship to the monitoring device. Aggregation TAP's when configured properly can support two monitoring devices.

 

When a one to many device or many to one solution is needed the Observer Matrix Network Monitoring Switch can be used.

 

Observer nTAP Product Details Below - Click to expand

Copper nTAP

 

Observer Cooper nTAP

Install nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb copper links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. Depending on your network, choose 10/100 or 10/100/1000 copper nTAPs to send perfect copies of critical traffic to network analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar dual-receive devices. For further flexibility a Copper-to-Optical Conversion nTAP is available.

 

Products:

 

10/100 Copper nTAP

  • Copies Fast Ethernet traffic from a full-duplex copper link for a copper monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card

 

10/100/1000 Copper nTAP

  • Copies gigabit traffic from a full-duplex copper link for a copper monitoring device
  • Auto-negotiates to also support 10 Mb and Fast Ethernet networks
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card

 

10/100/1000 Copper to Optical Conversion nTAP

  • Copies gigabit traffic from a full-duplex copper link for a copper or optical monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test, and a copper or optical analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card

 

10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP

  • Transfers network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper or optical analysis or security device.
  • The 10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP not only aggregates full-duplex traffic but also can convert that traffic to be analyzed by a copper or optical single-receive analysis or security device.
  • Aggregator nTAPs provide greater protection than a SPAN port against packet loss on low-utilization networks
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer
  • To connect to an optical device, the nTAP will need SFP modules (sold separately).

 

Conversion nTAP

 

Observer Conversion nTAP

Install Conversion nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. When analyzers and similar monitoring devices communicate over different topologies than the network, Optical-to-Copper or Copper-to-Optical nTAPs bridge the gap. Conversion nTAPs make copies of network data, sending one back to the network and the other out for analysis.

 

For single-receive devices, Aggregator Conversion nTAPs merge full-duplex links into single streams for transmission to up to two single-receive analysis devices. Industry-leading buffer sizes offer less likelihood of lost packets than SPAN ports to ensure critical traffic reaches analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, and forensics tools.

 

Products:

 

Optical to Copper Conversion nTAP

  • Copies traffic from one full-duplex optical link to one copper monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card
  • Compatible with network analyzers, security monitoring devices, forensics tools, remote monitoring appliances, and RMON probes

 

Optical to Copper Aggregator Conversion nTAP

  • Copies traffic from one full-duplex optical link to one copper monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a single-receive capture card
  • Compatible with network analyzers, security monitoring devices, forensics tools, remote monitoring appliances, and RMON probes
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer

 

10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP

  • Transfers network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper or optical analysis or security device.
  • The 10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP not only aggregates full-duplex traffic but also can convert that traffic to be analyzed by a copper or optical single-receive analysis or security device.
  • Aggregator nTAPs provide greater protection than a SPAN port against packet loss on low-utilization networks
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer
  • To connect to an optical device, the nTAP will need SFP modules (sold separately).

 

Optical nTAP

 

Observer Optical nTAP 

Install Observer nTAPs on 1, 10, or 40 Gb single or multi-mode optical links. Use optical nTAPs to send identical copies of critical traffic to network analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar devices capable of supporting dual, non-aggregated data streams. For further flexibility, Observer Copper-to-Optical and Optical-to-Copper Conversion nTAPs are available.

Or select our newest offering, the Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) to mix and match these network speeds or 100 Gb in any combination across 24 modules in a 1U rack.

Observer High Density Optical nTAP 

Products:

 

One-Channel Optical Fiber nTAP

  • Copies traffic from one full-duplex optical link for one optical monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card
  • Available in both gigabit and 10 gigabit configurations

 

Two-Channel Optical Fiber nTAP

  • Copies traffic from two full-duplex optical links for two optical monitoring devices
  • Connects to two full-duplex links under test and two analyzers equipped with a dual-receive capture card
  • Available in both gigabit and 10 gigabit configurations

 

Three-Channel Optical Fiber nTAP

  • Copies traffic from three full-duplex optical links for three optical monitoring devices
  • Connects to three full-duplex links under test and three analyzers equipped with a dual-receive capture card
  • Available in both gigabit and 10 gigabit configurations

 

Optical to Copper Conversion nTAP

  • Copies traffic from one full-duplex optical link to one copper monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a dual-receive capture card
  • Compatible with network analyzers, security monitoring devices, forensics tools, remote monitoring appliances, and RMON probes

 

Optical to Copper Aggregator Conversion nTAP

  • Copies traffic from one full-duplex optical link to one copper monitoring device
  • Connects to the full-duplex link under test and an analyzer equipped with a single-receive capture card
  • Compatible with network analyzers, security monitoring devices, forensics tools, remote monitoring appliances, and RMON probes
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer

 

10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP

Transfers network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper or optical analysis or security device.

  • The 10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP not only aggregates full-duplex traffic but also
    can convert that traffic to be analyzed by a copper or optical single-receive analysis or security device.
  • Aggregator nTAPs provide greater protection than a SPAN port against packet loss on low-utilization networks
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer
  • To connect to an optical device, the nTAP will need SFP modules (sold separately).

Observer High-Density Optical nTAP

Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) is a 1U rack and supports up to 24 modules.

Modules options include Gb, 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb

 

Aggregation nTAP

 

Observer Aggregator nTAP's 

An Aggregator TAP merges ingress and egress data into single streams for transmission to a single port analysis device.

Products:

 

10/100/1000 Copper Aggregator nTAP

  • Transfers network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper analysis or security device.
  • The 10/100/1000 Aggregator  nTAP not only aggregates full-duplex traffic.
  • Aggregator nTAPs provide greater protection than a SPAN port against packet loss on low-utilization networks
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer

 

10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP

  • Transfers network traffic from a full-duplex copper link to a copper or optical analysis or security device.
  • The 10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion nTAP not only aggregates full-duplex traffic but also can convert that traffic to be analyzed by a copper or optical single-receive analysis or security device.
  • Aggregator nTAPs provide greater protection than a SPAN port against packet loss on low-utilization networks
  • Choose from a 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB buffer
  • To connect to an optical device, the nTAP will need SFP modules (sold separately).

 

Observer High-Density Optical nTAP

 

Observer High Density Optical nTAP

The Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) to mix and match these network speeds or 100 Gb in any combination across 24 modules in a 1U rack.

 

Observer High-Density Optical nTAP

Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) is a 1U rack and supports up to 24 modules.

Modules options include Gb, 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb

 

 

The Observer product line was originally developed by Network Instruments and was combined with JDSU products to create Viavi Solutions that deliver end to end visibility of the network.