GL Announces Next Generation Ethernet/IP Tester

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GL Communications Inc., announced today its latest Next Generation Ethernet/IP Tester referred to as PacketExpert 10G™ that supports comprehensive testing of 10G Ethernet/IP networks.

PacketExpert 10G™ and PacketExpert 10G™ - Tablet Inspired Units

GL’s PacketExpert 10G™ provides testing of 10 Gbps Ethernet/IP networks. It has two 10Gbps Optical ports and two 10/100/1000 Mbps Electrical/Optical ports capable of BERT, Smart Loopback, RFC 2544, Record & Playback, IP Link Simulation & Y.1564 Testing.

GL Communications Inc., announced today its latest Next Generation Ethernet/IP Tester referred to as PacketExpert 10G™ that supports comprehensive testing of 10G Ethernet/IP networks.

Speaking to the press, Mr. Jagdish Vadalia, a Senior Manager for product development of the company said, “GL’s PacketExpert 10G™ provides comprehensive testing of 10 Gbps Ethernet/IP networks. It has two 10Gbps Optical ports and two 10/100/1000 Mbps Electrical/Optical ports capable of Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT), Smart Loopback, RFC 2544, Wirespeed Record and Playback, IP Link Simulation and Impairment Emulation (IPLinkSim™) and Y.1564 (ExpertSAM™) test functionalities.

These tests are supported on each port independently for wirespeed Ethernet/VLAN/MPLS/IP/UDP testing. BERT is implemented for all layers. RFC 2544/Y.1564 is applicable for Layers 2, 2.5, and 3, and Loopback is applicable for Layers 2, 3, and 4.”

He added, “PacketExpert 10G™ provides an easy-to-use and intuitive GUI that provides easy access to all the above mentioned functionalities such as BERT, Loopback, RFC 2544, Record and Playback, IPLinkSim™, and ExpertSAM™. Also provided is a Command line Interface (CLI) which allows the users to access all the aforementioned functionalities remotely using a TCL or Python client and MAPS™ CLI Server.

“GL also offers Touchscreen Handheld PacketExpert 10G™ version of 10G Ethernet/IP Tester with a Tablet PC mounted on PacketExpert 10G™. This handheld tester is suitable for field testing.

“With the capability to generate/receive traffic with stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q) and stacked MPLS, PacketExpert 10G™ finds use in testing a wide range of networks i.e. testing individual links/switches, testing local Ethernet/IP networks (LANs), end to end testing of Wide Area Networks (WANs), testing Core/MPLS networks and more.

“GL’s other Ethernet/IP Tester variants includes quad-port PacketExpert™, and HD-PacketExpert™ a higher density 12/24 GigE ports form factor solutions for testing GigE Switches, Routers and Network conditions.

“GL also provides software only Ethernet IP Test tool referred to as PacketCheck™ a general purpose network performance analysis tool for 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps networks.”

Mr.Vadalia further explained, “PacketExpert 10G™ supports wirespeed BERT up to 10Gbps simultaneously over Framed Ethernet (Layer2), Stacked VLAN (Q-in-Q), Stacked MPLS (Layer 2.5), IP and UDP. It can generate and receive various BER Traffic Patterns, including various PRBS patterns, Bit Error Insertion, and FCS Error Insertion.

“PacetExpert 10G™ supports RFC 2544 tests up to 10Gbps. RFC 2544 tests include Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss, and Back-to-Back performance tests in accordance with RFC 2544 specifications. RFC 2544 tests can be performed between the two 10G ports – Port2 and Port3, with the Device Under Test (DUT) connected in between these two ports.

“PacketExpert 10G™ supports Loopback capability on all ports. The Loopback can be layer wise Loopback as well as Smart Loopback. In Smart Loopback method PacketExpert 10G™ analyses incoming traffic, automatically detects and swaps the Source and Destination Addresses and sends back the traffic on the same port.

“Other important functionalities for testing 10G networks are: Wirespeed Record application supports capturing traffic on both the 10G ports at full line rate simultaneously (10 Gbps * 2), without disturbing the link. Internal 8GB of DDR3 memory allows capturing up to 8GB of traffic (from both ports) at full wirespeed (10 Gbps). Wirespeed Playback allows playback of canned traffic files (in PCAP/NGPCAP/DAT/HDL formats) over one/both ports at full 10Gbps rate, allowing real world conditions to be recreated in lab.

“IPLinkSim™ application can be used to test performance of applications that uses Ethernet /IP based transport such as Web Services, Email, FTP, Database access, Enterprise Networks, Storage, Cloud Services, VoIP Services, Audio/Video Streaming and so on.

“ExpertSAM™ application is used to validate Ethernet Service Level Agreements (SLAs) as per ITU-T Y.1564 standard. It supports the two key Y.1564 subtests, the Service Configuration Test (SCT) and the Service Performance Test (SPT).”

Important Features

•Comprehensive testing of wirespeed Ethernet/IP networks up to 10Gbps
•Two Optical 10Gbps ports (10G BASE-SR, -LR -ER full-duplex SFP)
•Two Electrical/Optical 10/100/1000 Mbps ports (10/100/1000M Base-T Electrical OR 1G Base-X Optical SFP)
•Touchscreen Handheld PacketExpert 10G™ available for field testing
•Simultaneous traffic generation/reception at 100% 10G wirespeed
•Jumbo frames up to 16000 bytes supported
•Simultaneous wirespeed BERT on both 10G optical ports
•Smart Loopback
•RFC 2544 - Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss and Back to back tests
•Ability to define Ethernet, IP and UDP header fields
•IP and UDP header checksum validation
•Easy to use and intuitive GUI provides easy way of configuring tests and viewing results

About GL Communications Inc.,

Founded in 1986, GL Communications Inc. is a leading supplier of test, monitoring, and analysis equipment for TDM, Wireless, IP, and VoIP networks. Unlike conventional test equipment, GL's test platforms provide visualization, capture, storage, and convenient features like portability, remote operation, and scripting.

Our test solutions cover wide array of networks – 4G (LTE), 3G, 2G, IP, Ethernet, T1, T3, E1, E3, OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4, and analog. GL’s tools are widely used by the telecommunication industry for: conformance testing, automated stress/load testing, and performance assessment, and analysis.

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