Test & Measurement

Ethernet and IP tester supports Wirespeed BERT

9th December 2014
Mick Elliott

GL Communications has released comprehensive Ethernet and IP Test Solutions using its PacketExpert product. GL's PacketExpert is a comprehensive portable (USB based) Quad Port Ethernet Tester with four Electrical Ethernet ports.  Twoof the four ports can be Electrical or Optical, enabling testing on optical fibre links as well. The electrical ports support 10/100/1000 Mbps and the optical ports support 1000 Mbps using Small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Transceiver.

High Density (HD) - PacketExpert offers higher densities from 12/24 GigE Ports form factor solution for testing GigE switches, routers and network conditions. The chassis comprises of both electrical and optical (fibre) interfaces.

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.

Each GigE port provides independent Ethernet /VLAN/MPLS/IP/UDP testing at wire speed for applications such as Wirespeed BERT, and Smart Loopback.

The PacketExpert supports all RFC 2544 Tests for the performance benchmarking of individual network elements. These include Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss, and Back-to-Back tests. Similar to BERT, RFC 2544 can be done over Framed Ethernet (Layer2), Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), Stacked MPLS, IP and UDP.

Live packet network can be captured and played back using the PacketExpert Record-Playback to simulate the varying characteristics of the real-time network in a test environment.


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