Test & Measurement

Network tester option supports dual-port 400GbE

2nd September 2021
Mick Elliott

The 400G Dual/100G Quad Channel Expansion MT1040A-020 network tester option from Anritsu offers upgraded functions for its Network Master Pro.

Installing the option in the MT1040A supports simultaneous dual-port 400G Ethernet (400GbE) measurements using a combination of two 400G measurement modules.

As a result, since data Tx and Rx tests can be performed simultaneously, it is possible to both test networks as well as measure the latency and execute quality tests of 400G equipment efficiently using just one MT1040A unit.

Additionally, testing of 200GbE used in data centres is also supported.

Anritsu says that by upgrading the MT1040A functions to support 400GbE in response to customers’ requirements, it is contributing to the deployment and smooth operation of high-speed networks.

With the start of 5G services and the spread of Cloud computing, as well as the rapid increase in teleworking, supporting increased network speeds and larger data capacities has become an urgent issue for communications network operators.

As a result, demand for 400GbE is increasing as a means to cope with reinforcement of these networks.

However, configuring stable and high-speed, large-capacity networks using 400GbE requires careful attention to key points, such as assuring the quality of equipment prior to constructing the overall network.

On the other hand, reducing network costs is a continuing requirement, while the increasing complexity of network functions and test items demands a test solution offering easy evaluation of network equipment.

The 400GbE Network Master Pro MT1040A is a portable tester for evaluating the communications quality of various network types operating at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 400 Gbps. With its stackable configuration of measurement modules, the instrument can support simultaneous dual-port 400GbE measurements using a combination of two 400G measurement modules, facilitating quality tests (BER, throughput, frame loss/latency, etc.) of 400GbE equipment.

In addition to supporting 400GbE, the MT1040A also supports 200GbE, offering network operators a cost-effective, all-in-one quality tester.

The useful, automatic, one-button test function for pass/fail evaluation of multiple test results cuts the test burden and reduces the need to support inexperienced operators performing complex on-site work. of network problems.

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