Anritsu debuts portable, self-contained Ethernet performance test system

December 14, 2004 Richardson, TX -- Anritsu Co. has introduced what it claims is the only portable, self-contained Ethernet performance test system with support for two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports and Layer 3/ IP testing. Its performance and small size makes the MD1231A1 ideal for carriers and enterprise users who need broader test capabilities than those provided by low-cost handheld products.

Dec 14th, 2004
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December 14, 2004 Richardson, TX -- Anritsu Co. has introduced what it claims is the only portable, self-contained Ethernet performance test system with support for two 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) ports and Layer 3/Internet Protocol (IP) testing. Its performance and small size makes the MD1231A1 ideal for carriers and enterprise users who need broader test capabilities than those provided by low-cost handheld products, say Anritsu representatives.

The MD1231A1's Layer 3/IP testing capability and its unique 1-msec bandwidth measurement resolution are critical for troubleshooting today's sophisticated real-time IP applications transporting voice and video. Additionally, its two 10-GbE ports provide numerous benefits for ensuring the performance of Ethernet networks. The MD1231A1 can reduce test time on multi-port products such as switches and routers, because it can test two ports simultaneously. The two 10-GbE ports also allow the MD1231A1 to function at both ends of a test network, transmitting and receiving traffic simultaneously.

Anritsu's Ethernet through-mode testing capability is integrated into the MD1231A1. With this capability, users can insert the MD1231A1 in an existing Ethernet link and capture, monitor, and analyze traffic in both directions simultaneously at full wire speed, up to 10 Gbits/sec. This is the only way to see the traffic on such a link and troubleshoot various subtle network problems that occur between network elements.

Flexible and expandable, the MD1231A1 supports any combination of two Ethernet or Packet over SONET (PoS) modules, including 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 2.5-Gbit/sec PoS/EoS, and 10-Gbit/sec PoS. For physical line and media converter testing, the MD1231A1 has unique packet and unframed BER test capabilities that verify PRBS integrity in all Layer 2 and IP interface payloads.

A number of options are also available for the MD1231A1 to suit specific testing requirements. The popular Decode and Expert Analysis modules powered by Sniffer Technologies provide much faster and easier troubleshooting, adding 400+ protocol decodes and network problem analysis up to OSI Layer 7, plus a converter for Ethernet protocol analysis.

The MD1231A1 is housed in an extremely small and lightweight package that is only 13 pounds and 12.6- by 4- by 11.8-in. The device incorporates a Windows-based PC, display, and pointing device.

The MD1231A1 price starts at $20,370 for a 2-port Gigabit Ethernet configuration and is available in four to six weeks.

The MD1231A1 supports any combination of two Ethernet or Packet over SONET (PoS) modules, including 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 2.5-Gbit/sec PoS/EoS, and 10-Gbit/sec PoS.
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