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NetTESTER NT10G05 10Gb Ethernet Network Tester
NetTESTER NT10G05 10Gb Ethernet Network Tester
NetTESTER NT1003 Ethernet Network Tester
NetTESTER NT1003
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NetTESTER NT10G05 10Gb Ethernet Network Tester

Embedded Ethernet Network Tester

The NetTESTER family, is a powerful & versatile embedded Ethernet Network Performance tester, operating at up to 10Gbps. The NetTESTER products are typically deployed, at network connection points, either by the Enterprise customers of Wide-Area Network Service Providers, or by Service Providers themselves, for verification of the performance characteristics of Carrier services.

Embedded Ethernet Network Tester

  • Up to 10Gbps throughput, with support for SFP+ fibre Network ports
  • Integrated 'MetroSAM' hardware for wirespeed SLA measurement & verification
  • RFC2544 and Y.1564 test traffic generation, loopback and reporting, for both Layer-2 (Ethernet MAC) and Layer-3 (IP) traffic
  • Remotely accessible from central Management platform, via Telnet/SSH and Web Browser
  • Reporting against throughput, packet-loss, latency and jitter, for multiple packet-sizes
  • Optional in-service monitoring against pre-defined 'Service Level Agreement' (SLA) performance criteria, with alarming via SNMP in the table-event of under-performance
  • Full support, including alarming and incident logging, for fibre fault detection and localisation via OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometry)
  • Compact unit with robust metal housing and integral power supply
  • Auto-sensing power supply (100-250V AC or -48V DC versions)
  • Single, Dual Redundant or Mixed Power Supply options on certain models
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

The NetTESTER is a device installed normally either in-line between the Carrier's termination device and the Enterprise LAN, or on a free port of the Enterprise Switch or Router. As an 'always-on' device, the NetTESTER platform is ready to be accessed on demand, locally or remotely, for testing purposes as and when required. Operating with both Layer-2 and Layer-3 addressing, the NetTESTER contains custom hardware for the generation of test traffic, loop-back (by packet-level Source/Destination address swapping) and analysis, to Industry-standard test profiles including RFC 2544 and ITU-T Y.1564.

Users can access the NetTESTER either via a local terminal or PC, or remotely across the network via Telnet/SSH or Web Browser, to con gure any unit as either a test traffic generator or line-rate loop-back point for Ethernet MAC or IP addressed test packets. Output can be viewed 'live' or automatically transmitted, on test completion, as a report via TFTP to a remote console.

Optionally, the NetTESTER can be configured to operate whilst the network is 'in-service', providing real-time monitoring of jitter and latency between other points in the network via the use of ITU-TY.1731 (for Layer-2 traf c) or TWAMP ('Two-way Active Measurement Protocol', for Layer-3 traffic). SNMP 'Trap' alarms are issued to one or more Management stations should pre-defined 'Service Level Agreement' criteria fail to be met.

The ever-increasing capacity, complexity and criticality of Enterprise Networks is providing a challenge to IT staff. Enterprise networks may include links provided by different WAN Carriers and tail- SLA Determination, Verification & Reporting

Since Ethernet is inherently non-deterministic, monitoring and management of actual performance levels, particularly latency and jitter which are critical to modern VoIP and Video applications, is a real challenge when compared with earlier generation connection-oriented PDH/SDH infrastructures. Particularly in the case of multi-carrier networks, it is difficult for the Enterprise IT team to know whether they are 'getting what they are paying for' in terms of de ned 'Service Level Agreement' (SLA) for key network characteristics including throughput, packet-loss, latency and jitter.

By deploying one of Metrodata's NetTESTER devices, standard tests such as RFC2544 and/or ITU-T Y.1564 can be instigated at any time between different segments of the WAN, with the results monitored remotely at the Network Operations Centre (NOC). The NT10G05 generates both Layer-2 (Ethernet MAC addressed) and/or Layer-3 (IP) test traffic and can also perform line-rate Source/Destination Address swapping loop-back, via Metrodata's custom 'MetroSAM' (Service Assurance Module) hardware.

Optionally, by integrating the NetTESTER more closely into the network, using the ITU-T Y.1731 and/or TWAMP protocols, test units can be configured to provide background monitoring of network performance relative to pre-defined SLA criteria, providing alarms to the NOC in the table-event of a breach of contracted performance from one or more network.

Please Contact Metrodata for price and availability of SFP+ interface modules.

NT10G05 Site-to-site meshed network testing
NT10G05 in a site-to-site meshed network

The ever-increasing capacity, complexity and criticality of Enterprise Networks is providing a challenge to IT staff. Enterprise networks may include links provided by different WAN Carriers and tail-SLA Determination, Verification & Reporting Customer Network SLA Determination, Verification & Reporting circuit providers. For high-capacity networks, Ethernet is the physical connection medium of choice, with WAN services most commonly provisioned via Layer-2 or Layer-3 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Since Ethernet is inherently non-deterministic, monitoring and management of actual performance levels, particularly latency and jitter which are critical to modern VoIP and Video applications, is a real challenge when compared with earlier generation connection-oriented PDH/SDH infrastructures. Particularly in the case of multi-carrier networks, it is difficult for the Enterprise IT team to know whether they are 'getting what they are paying for' in terms of defined 'Service Level Agreement' (SLA) for key network characteristics including throughput, packet-loss, latency and jitter.

By deploying Metrodata's NetTESTER family, standard tests such as RFC2544 and/or ITU-T Y.1564 can be instigated at any time between different segments of the WAN, with the results monitored remotely at the Network Operations Centre (NOC). The NetTESTER generates both Layer-2 (Ethernet MAC addressed) and/or Layer-3 (IP) test traffic and can also perform line-rate Source/Destination Address swapping loop-back, via Metrodata's custom 'MetroSAM' (Service Assurance Module) hardware.

Optionally, by integrating the NetTESTER more closely into the network, using the ITU-T Y.1731 and/or TWAMP protocols, test units can be configured to provide background monitoring of network performance relative to pre-defined SLA criteria, providing alarms to the NOC in the event of a breach of contracted performance from one or more Network Carriers.

OTDR Fibre Measurement & Alarming

The NetTESTER Ethernet Network Tester can with the correct SFPs installed provide OTDR monitoring of 'data over fibre' links without interaction with active equipment terminating each end of the link (e.g. these may be operated by a third party)

OTDR Fibre Measurement and Alarming
OTDR Fibre Measurement and Alarming

Typically this is installed alongside regular NOC functions, for both:

  • Pro-active SNMP 'Trap' alarm reporting, and
  • Re-active interrogation via Browser / Telnet/SSH to NT1003 Management system for more detailed analysis

OTDR Alarming of P2P Ethernet link

The NetTESTER can provide OTDR monitoring of critical point-to-point 'Ethernet over fibre' links of up to 10Gbps

OTDR Alarming of P2P Ethernet link
OTDR Alarming of P2P Ethernet link

Typically (alongside regular NOC functions), for both:

  • Pro-active SNMP 'Trap' alarm reporting, and
  • Re-active interrogation via Browser / Telnet/SSH to NT1003 Management system for more detailed analysis

Network 'Circuit Activation Testing'

'Y.1564' circuit activation testing can be conducted to any remote branch location, independently of other links which may be running live data. Testing verifies that 'Committed Information Rate' is being achieved and reports Latency, Jitter and potentially Packet-loss Ratio for the new link, whilst regular traffic to other sites is running through the HQ link.

'RFC2544' profile testing could alternatively be used for individual Pointt-to-Point links.

Network 'Circuit Activation Testing
Network 'Circuit Activation Testing

Operatives at the NOC can remote log-in to the NetTESTER to:

  • Configure and setup
  • Initialise tests
  • Monitor Test Progress
  • View test reports

In-service Performance Monitoring

The NetTESTER can provide 'background' TWAMP monitoring that can be used to generate alarms to the Network Operations Centre in the event that (Latency, Jitter, Packet-Loss) becomes out-of-specification and breaches pre-defined 'Service Level Agreements' for each link.

In-service Performance Monitoring
In-service Performance Monitoring

Operatives at the NOC can remote log-in to the NetTESTER to:

  • Configure SLA thresholds
  • Initiation of background monitoring
  • SNMP 'Trap' alarm reception (SLA breach)
  • Further investigation by individual unit log-in
Network Interfaces
NT1003
  • 2x LAN ports 10/100/1000BaseT
  • 1x WAN port 100BaseFX/1000BaseX
NT1005
  • 4x LAN ports 10/100/1000BaseT
  • 1x WAN port 10/100/1000BaseT
  • 1x LAN 100BaseFX/1000BaseX (SFP)
  • 1x WAN 100BaseFX/1000BaseX (SFP)
NT10G05
  • 4x LAN ports 10/100/1000BaseT
  • 1x LAN port IEEE802.3ae 10GBaseSR, 10GBaseLR, 10GBaseER (SFP)
  • 1x WAN port IEEE802.3ae 10GBaseSR, 10GBaseLR, 10GBaseER (SFP)
Service Level Agreement Measurement and Verification
  • Embedded test packet generator and delay analyser accurate to micro-second resolution
  • ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC2544 Circuit Activation Testing methodologies
  • Port & service-level loopbacks
In-Service Performance Monitoring
  • Delay and delay variation monitoring via ITU-T Y.1731 and TWAMP-lite
  • Statistics gathered on a per-port & per-service basis
  • SFP+ DDM support for fibre optic monitoring
Management
  • Local craft port (9-way D) which can be disabled
  • Local RJ45 or remote network access for CLI, Web GUI, Telnet, SSH(v2) & SNMP
  • TACACS+ for user authentication
Alarms & Resilience
  • SNMP Trap notification of network connectivity or SLA
  • 'Dying Gasp' SNMP Trap in the event of power loss
Regulatory & Standards Compliance
  • Safety EN60950
  • EMC EN55032, EN55024
Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0 to +50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40 to +70°C
  • Humidity: Up to 95% non-condensing
  • Pressure: 86 - 106kPa
NT1003
  • Dimensions (w x d x h): 202 x 132 x 44mm
  • AC PSU: 100 to 240V, 50/60Hz
  • DC PSU: -40V to -72V (12-24V DC optional)
  • Maximum power consumption: 10 Watts
NT1005
  • Standard PSU: Dimensions (w x d x h): 202 x 132 x 44mm
  • AC PSU: 100 to 240, 50/60Hz
  • DC PSU: -40V to -72V (12-24V DC optional)
  • Maximum power consumption: 10 Watts
NT10G05
  • Dimensions (w x d x h): 435 x 213 x 44mm
  • AC PSU: 85 to 260V, 50/60Hz
  • DC PSU: -48V DC nominal (-36V to -72V)
  • Maximum power consumption: 30 Watts
Order Code
Product AC Mains DC Power Notes
NT1003 * 80-70-947T
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80-71-947T
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NT1005 * 80-70-948T
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80-71-948T
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NT10G05 * 80-70-952T
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80-71-952T
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NT10G05 Dual PSU80-74-952T
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2 unit rack mount kit 80-05-256 
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80-05-256  
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NT1003 and NT1005 single PSU variants
1 unit rack mount kit80-05-260  
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NT1005 redundant PSU variants
18 unit rack mount kit80-05-250  
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80-05-255  
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* No SFPs fitted

If you require further information on the NetTESTER product range please contact our sales team.

Commonly used SFP transceivers Order Code Description
10Gbps Multimode 550m 300nm 80-38-011
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Multimode interface
fibre optic loss budget 5.1dB
10Gbps Singlemode 10km 1300nm 80-38-031
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Singlemode interface
fibre optic loss budget 6.3dB
1Gbps Multimode 550m 850nm 80-31-011
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Multimode interface
fibre optic loss budget 7.5dB
1Gbps Singlemode 10km 1300nm 80-31-031
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Singlemode interface
fibre optic loss budget 12dB
1Gbps Singlemode 80km 1550nm 80-31-042
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Singlemode interface
fibre optic loss budget 24dB
100Mbps Multimode 2km 1300nm80-30-021
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Multimode interface
fibre optic loss budget 12dB
100Mbps Singlemode 10km 1300nm80-30-031
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Singlemode interface
fibre optic loss budget 17dB

Need to add more SFP's to your quote?

To see more of Metrodata's SFP offering of Fibre Transceivers, click here.

Many other transceivers are available on request including long haul, 1550nm, CWDM, DWDM and bi-directional.

Whilst the MetroCONNECT product range uses industry standard user exchangeable SFP and SFP+ transceivers, it is recommended that these are purchased from Metrodata to guarantee their specification and compatibility with each other.

If you require another transceiver please contact our sales team with your requirements.

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