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February 09, 2011

GL Communications Enhances Wirespeed Ethernet Packet Tester

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

GL Communications, a supplier of test monitoring, and analysis equipment has released its enhanced PacketExpert, a quad port wirespeed Ethernet/Packet Tester.

This application has been enhanced with features such as Resolve utility to easily configure MAC address -- through ARP; and PING utility to check remote IP address availability.

Additional features include user-defined or auto-negotiated electrical ports that can operate at 10/100/1000 Mbps line rates in Full Duplex mode; optical ports can operate at 1000 Mbps line rate in full duplex mode only.

Other features in the newest release are Quad port Gigabit Ethernet tester; Wirespeed BERT over Raw unframed Ethernet (Layer1), Framed Ethernet (Layer2), IP and UDP (News - Alert) on single port (BERT over multiple ports is coming very soon); yhroughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss testing as per RFC 2544 for Uni-directional and Bi-Directional traffic between ports.

PacketExpert also features Bit Error Insertion for both single as well as Rate Error. Detailed reports in PDF format for both BERT and RFC 2544 are portable through a USB 2.0 Interface. Detailed frame statistics per port; Loopback capability for incoming traffic support for frame lengths from 64 bytes to Jumbo frames -- upto 2048 bytes and more.

Jagdish Vadalia, product manager at GL Communications (News - Alert) said, “PacketExpert is a quad port wirespeed Ethernet/Packet Tester that supports 4 Electrical Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000 Mbps) and 2 Optical Ports (1000 Mbps).”

“It connects to the PC via a USB 2.0 interface,” Vadalia said, “each GigE port provides independent Ethernet/IP testing at wirespeed for applications such as BERT, RFC 2544, and more,” she added.

PacketExpert supports user-defined options to configure Ethernet/IP/UDP header parameters -- VLAN, Frame Size, and Rate -- and it analyzes the received BER traffic, Vadalia said. In addition, it provides various vital measurements such as Bit Error Rate, Bit Error Count, Bit Error Seconds, Sync Loss Count, Sync Loss Seconds, Error Free Seconds, No Rx Data Count/Seconds, and Bert Status.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Charles West

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