Selling EXFO FTB-1 FTB-880 – We Buy New Used FTB-1 FTB-880 (‘s) Top Dollar Paid!

If you’re looking to Sell EXFO FTB-1 FTB-880 Gigabit Multiservice Tester

EXFO FTB-1
S1 – TFT Active Screen
8G – 8GB Internal Memory


KEY FEATURES

 

  • Flexible connectivity: USB, mobile, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities
  • Utilities: supports third-party applications and all the tools that enable technicians to complete their work right in the field
  • Test management/reporting: lets you take advantage of the EXFO Connect environment to monitor fi eld operations (local and remote)
  • PC-oriented: Intel ATOM processor with Windows Embedded Standard operating system, for optimized productivity and versatility
  • Power management: latest battery technology for unmatched operation autonomy


MAXIMUM CONNECTIVITY FOR MAXIMUM FIELD-TESTING EFFICIENCY

The result of EXFO’s time-proven expertise in portable platform design, the FTB-1 Platform is an open testing solution for network infrastructure construction and troubleshooting. The FTB-1’s built-in intelligence empowers frontline technicians to take field-testing efficiency to the next level.

Thanks to a highly “connected” set of tools—including Update Manager and compatibility with the EXFO Connect environment, which provides end-to-end operational visibility and centralized reporting capabilities throughout the entire test instrument pool—the FTB-1 delivers maximum return on your investment.


FEATURES

  • USB, mobile, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities
  • Supports third-party applications and all the tools that enable technicians to complete their work right in the field
  • Lets you take advantage of the EXFO Connect environment to manage fi eld testing/reporting operations as well as your platform pool
  • Intel ATOM processor with Windows Embedded Standard operating system, for optimized productivity and versatility
  • Latest battery technology for unmatched operation autonomy
  • One GigE port and two USB 2.0 ports
  • Windows Remote Assistance and Remote Control
  • EXFO fiber inspection probe connector interface
  • Display: TFT outdoor-enhanced LCD, 7-inch touchscreen
  • Telcordia-compliant

 

THIRD-PARTY TEST TOOLS

Wireshark
This live-network packet capture utility makes it possible to look “inside” the packets and obtain data such as transmission time, source, destination, protocol type, etc. Users can then diagnose a problem or root out suspicious behavior. Wireshark is a standard utility on all FTB-1 platforms.

JPerf
This TCP performance testing tool can create TCP and UDP data streams which measure the throughput of a network that is carrying them. Thanks to various user-definable parameters, technicians can rely on JPerf to optimize or tune a network under test.

Network Stumbler
Network Stumbler verifies wireless network configurations, enabling field techicians to identify areas that have poor coverage or wireless interference, and helping them to aim antennas for full effect and find unauthorized access points.

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VISUAL FAULT LOCATOR (VFL)

Laser, 650 nm ± 10 nm
CW
Typical Pout in 62.5/125 µm: 3 dBm (2 mW)

FTB-880 NetBlazer Multiservice

Housed in the FTB-1 Platform, the FTB-880 offers comprehensive, yet simple test suites for field technicians to easily turn up, validate and troubleshoot DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, CPRI/OBSAI and SyncE/1588 PTP services .

Key Features

  • Comprehensive testing for DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet interfaces.
  • Efficiently assess Fibre Channel networks with best-in-class coverage via 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x and 10x interfaces
  • Packet synchronization turn-up and troubleshooting (SyncE/1588 PTP)
  • FTTA validation (CPRI and OBSAI) at up to 3.1 Gbit/s via BER testing
  • Complete ISDN solution for testing and troubleshooting DS1 or E1 primary rate interfaces (PRI)
  • Simplified BER testing with pass/fail indicators based on user-defined thresholds
  • OTN testing (as per ITU-T G.709) including forward error correction (FEC)
  • Faster Ethernet service activation with bidirectional EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) and RFC 2544 test suites, multistream traffic generation, Through mode and bit-error-rate (BER) testing
  • Unprecedented configuration simplicity with hybrid touchscreen/keypad navigation and data entry
  • Increase technician autonomy and productivity with intelligent discovery of remote EXFO Ethernet testers, as well as in-service Ethernet testing via dual-port Through mode
  • No data interpretation errors with revolutionary new GUI on 7-inch TFT screen, historical event logger, visual gauges and 3D-icon depictions of pass/fail outcomes
  • Simpler reporting with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities
  • Centralized support for injection/monitoring of errors and alarms, trace messaging, overhead monitoring/manipulation and performance monitoring statistics
  • Integrated applications to test VoIP services, and additional IP test utilities, including VLAN scan and LAN discovery via EXpert VoIP and EXpert IP test tools
  • Support for packet capture and analysis, wireless troubleshooting and TCP throughput testing

Gigabit Ethernet Tester: The Ultra-Portable Choice for Multiservice Testing

The ongoing transition towards a converged network infrastructure for legacy DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel and packet-based Ethernet services requires a test tool that can cover a wide range of interfaces and rates, without sacrificing portability, speed or cost. Leveraging the powerful, intelligent FTB-1 handheld platform, the FTB-880 NetBlazer streamlines processes and empowers field technicians to test and validate DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel and Ethernet circuits efficiently.
Powerful and Fast

The FTB-880 NetBlazer is a fully integrated DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel and Ethernet handheld tester. It offers the industry’s largest touchscreen with unprecedented configuration simplicity via hybrid touchscreen/keypad navigation. Platform connectivity is abundant via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet or USB ports, making it accessible in any environment.

What You Need for Any DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel or Ethernet Application

  • Installation, commissioning and maintenance of access and metro networks
  • Turn-up of DSn/PDH, ISDN or SONET/SDH circuits
  • Performance assessment of Carrier Ethernet services
  • Validation of OTN networks and services
  • Installation, activation and maintenance of metro Ethernet networks
  • Deployment of active Ethernet (point-to-point) access services
  • Installation and activation of Fibre Channel networks
  • Testing and troubleshooting
  • In-service troubleshooting of live traffic
  • Performance monitoring of DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH and OTN circuits
  • Round-trip delay assessment of transport circuits
  • FTTA validation (CPRI and OBSAI) at up to 3.1 Gbit/s via BER testing

DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN, Fibre Channel and Ethernet
If the need is for multiservice testing, then the FTB-880 is the perfect solution.

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Selling EXFO FTB-200 – We Buy New Used FTB-200 (‘s) Top Dollar Paid!

If you’re looking to Sell EXFO FTB-200 SM MM OTDR & 10 Gig Ethernet Tester

The FTB-200 is a compact, modular platform designed for multilayer and multimedium testing

  • Tests physical, transport and datacom
  • Accommodates two field-interchangeable modules
  • Integrated hardware options such as visual fault locator (VFL), fiber inspection probe and power meter

Designed for metro/access and FTTx networks

  • Lightweight construction
  • Touchscreen resistant to shock, water, dust and common chemicals
  • Dial and shortkeys for easy scrolling and selecting
  • Extended battery autonomy of more than eight hours, perfect for OTDR testing

Improved productivity

  • Four-second power-up time with Windows CE
  • Faster acquisition, processing and reporting

 

A Compact Platform Optimized for Large-Scale Network Deployments

EXFO has created the first true compact platform for the supertech. Whether you are testing triple-wavelength insertion loss at the CO or testing data ntegrity at the core, the FTB-200 has the power, speed and modularity that you need in the field.

Optimized for all phases of the network lifecycle

  • Construction/installation
  • System provisioning/service activation
  • Maintenance/troubleshooting

Lightweight

  • 2.5 kg/5.4 lb (platform only)

Fast and powerful

  • Four-second power-up time with Windows CE/mobile

Faster acquisition, processing and reporting

  • Instantaneous AutoSync USB data transfer
  • Faster acquisitions—down to five seconds
  • Remote control and virtual applications

Flexible connectivity

  • File transfer and software upgrading through USB
  • USB A/A-B, RJ-45 and Bluetooth flexibility
  • Compact Flash (memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)

Built for the outside plant

  • Waterproof outer shell, sealed joints, door panels for extra port protection
  • Advanced TFT transflective display, for great visibility under direct sunlight
  • Rugged shortkeys and tracking knob
  • GR-196-CORE-compliant
  • Extended battery autonomy of more than eight hours

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FTB-8510B Packet Blazer

Applications

  • Performance validation of carrier-grade Ethernet services
  • IPTV testing and analysis (option available only with the FTB-400 platform)

Key Features and Benefits

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite. EtherSAM is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, allowing quality of service (QoS) verification through VLAN and ToS/DSCP prioritization testing
  • True wire-speed, stateful TCP throughput test for undisputable SLA reinforcement for Ethernet services
  • IPTV testing and analysis
  • Up to 1 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • Complete Carrier Ethernet services portfolio: PBB-TE (MAC-in-MAC), MPLS, MPLS-TP, 802.3ah and IPv4/IPv6
  • 1x and 2x Fibre Channel testing

 

Details

Assessing the Performance of Ethernet Services

EXFO’s FTB-8510B Packet Blazer™ brings performance assurance to Ethernet-based services. Its wide range of test functionalities provides all the necessary measurement tools for verifying service-level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and their customers.

The FTB-8510B module tests connectivity in its native format: 10/100/1000Base-T, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX, 1000Base-SX, 1000Base-LX and 1000Base-ZX for today’s Ethernet services. The FTB-8510B module is the ideal tool for turning-up and troubleshooting Ethernet-based mobile backhaul, commercial and wholesale services.

Combined with its rack-mounted manufacturing/R&D-environment counterpart, the IQS-8510B Packet Blazer, the FTB-8510B simplifies and speeds up the deployment of Ethernet services.

Key Features

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite allowing full validation of today’s Ethernet services (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, providing per-stream measurements for throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter
  • True wire-speed and stateful TCP throughput testing
  • PBB-TE and MPLS support for Carrier Ethernet
  • Up to 1 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • IPTV testing and analysis
  • Dual port capability for simultaneous traffic generation and reception at 100 % wire speed for 10/100/1000Base-T, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX,
  • 1000Base-SX, 1000Base-LX or 1000Base-ZX full-duplex networks at all packet sizes
  • Ethernet in the First Mile 802.3ah testing
  • Fibre Channel 1x and 2x test suite
  • Remote control capability through Visual Guardian Lite and VNC software
  • Configurable advanced filters for in-depth network troubleshooting
  • Service disruption time measurement
  • IPv6 testing

EtherSAM: The New Standard in Ethernet Testing

ITU-T Y.1564 is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. This methodology is completely adapted to today’s Ethernet services especially mobile backhaul and commercial services. Up to now, RFC 2544 has been the most widely used methodology. However, it was designed for network device testing in the lab, not for services testing in the field. ITU-T Y.1564 is the first testing standard developed for the field. It has a number of advantages over the RFC 2544 including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and QoS measurements. This methodology is also significantly faster, therefore saving time and resources while optimizing QoS.

Contrary to other methodologies, EtherSAM supports new multiservice offerings. It can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services. Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in more accurate validation and much faster deployment and troubleshooting. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

Service Configuration Test

The service configuration test consists in sequentially testing each service. It validates that the service is properly provisioned and that all specific KPIs or SLA parameters are met.

Service Performance Test

Once the configuration of each individual service is validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.

EtherSAM Bidirectional Results

EXFO’s EtherSAM approach proves even more powerful as it executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements. Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, thus providing 100 % first-time-right service activation—that is the highest level of confidence in service testing.

RFC 2544 Test Suite

The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer can perform the RFC 2544 test suite for 10/100/1000M interfaces at all frame sizes and at full line rate, allowing the provider to certify that the circuit is efficient and error-free at 100 % utilization. More importantly, when in dual test set mode, the Packet Blazer allows bidirectional testing, providing independent RFC 2544 test results for each direction (local to remote and remote to local) simultaneously. This is especially important when testing Ethernet services as traffic from each direction often takes different paths in the network. Performance results can therefore vary depending on the direction.

The Packet Blazer supports automated RFC 2544 testing, including throughput, latency, burst (back-to-back) and frame loss. Automation also provides ease of use for field technicians by enabling accurate, efficient measurements and results through a clear and simple pass/fail indication. In addition, the Packet Blazer generates reports that can be given to customers for future reference related to their specific SLAs.

Efficient Testing Leads to Reliable Performance

TCP Throughput

The Internet protocol (IP) and transmission control protocol (TCP) together form the essence of TCP/IP networking. While IP deals with the delivery of packets, TCP provides the integrity and assurance that the data packets transmitted by one host are reliably received at the destination. Applications such as hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), e-mail or file transfer protocol (FTP) depend on TCP as their delivery assurance mechanism within networks.

Customers deploying such applications expect not only physical and link level SLAs from their service providers, but assurance that their TCP traffic requirements will be supported across the network. The TCP throughput feature on the Packet Blazer™ offers Ethernet service providers the capability of measuring and validating that the services offered to their customers support the TCP traffic performance they expect.

MPLS, MPLS-TP and PBB-TE: Carrier Ethernet Transport Solution Testing

As technologically-sophisticated business and residential consumers continue to drive demand for premium, high-bandwidth data services such as voice and video, service providers worldwide are evolving their transport infrastructures to support these bandwidth and quality intensive services. No longer is an all-IP core sufficient; providers must now expand their IP convergence to the edge/metro network, in a cost-effective, quality-assured manner. Ethernet has long been accepted as an inexpensive, scalable data networking solution in LAN environments. The stringent QoS expectations require solutions that tap into the cost-effectiveness of Ethernet without sacrificing the benefits of connection-oriented (albeit it costly) TDM solutions such as SONET/SDH.

Ethernet tunneling technologies such as Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering or PBB-TE (also referred to as PBT) and transport MPLS address these requirements. These technologies enable connection-oriented Ethernet, providing carriers with a means of offering scalable, reliable and resilient Ethernet services. The PBB-TE and MPLS options on the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer offer service providers a comprehensive field tool to efficiently qualify Ethernet services from end-to-end, validating metro and core tunneling technologies.

Ethernet Advanced Troubleshooting

The FTB-8510B provides a number of advanced features essential for in-depth troubleshooting in the event of network failures or impairments. The advanced filtering option allows the user to configure up to ten filters each with up to four operands, which will be applied to the received Ethernet traffic. Detailed statistics are available for each configured filter providing the user with critical information required to pinpoint specific problems. Additionally, the FTB-8510B supports a traffic scan feature that allows quick identification and monitoring of VLAN and MPLS flows on the network. This can help clearly identify top bandwidth users.

The FTB-8510B also supports full-line-rate data capture and decode. This key troubleshooting tool enables field technicians to easily identify complex network issues. The comprehensive capture feature includes the capability to configure capture filters and triggers to quickly zero-in on network events.

IPTV Testing and Analysis

The IPTV software option, available on the FTB-8510B, leverages the current frame-analysis engine, delivering high performing measurement capabilities and providing users with over 45 different IPTV metrics and statistics in a powerful portable IPTV test platform. The key features and capabilities provided with this software option include RFC 4445 media delivery index (MDI)*, TR 101 290 priority 1 metrics in addition to program clock reference jitter, IGMP support, stream rate and bandwidth utilization on 100 simultaneous MPEG-2, MPEG-4 or VC-1 streams. Usability features include user-configurable alarm thresholds for MDI and other selected metrics, enabling customizable test sequences as well as an auto-stream detection capability that automatically discovers valid IPTV streams within the Ethernet layer. Additionally, stream IP addresses can be linked to a user-definable stream name through an alias table typically containing the name of the broadcast channel.

The combination of the portable FTB-500 platform and the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer with the IPTV software option offers service providers the most effective tool to quickly and efficiently test and monitor IPTV streams over their network. For more information on the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer IPTV option, please refer to the IPTV Test Option specification sheet.

* The MDI feature of the IPTV software option is not available in the USA.

EtherBERT™

Ethernet is increasingly carried across a variety of layer 1 media over longer distances. This creates a growing need for the certification of Ethernet transport on a bit-per-bit basis, which can be done using bit-error-rate testing (BERT).

BERT uses a pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) encapsulated into an Ethernet frame, making it possible to go from a frame-based error measurement to a bit-error-rate measurement. This provides the bit-per-bit error count accuracy required for acceptance testing of physical-medium transport systems. BERT-over-Ethernet should usually be used when Ethernet is carried transparently over layer 1 media, in cases such as Ethernet over DWDM, CWDM or dark fiber.

Ethernet QoS Measurements

Data services are making a significant shift toward supporting a variety of applications on the same network. Multiservice offerings such as triple-play services have fuelled the need for QoS testing to ensure the condition and reliability of each service and fully qualify SLA parameters. The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer allows service providers to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications through its multistream application. The user has the capability to configure up to ten streams with different Ethernet and IP QoS parameters such as VLAN ID (802.1Q), VLAN Priority (802.1p), VLAN stacking (802.1ad Q-in-Q), ToS and DSCP. Specific stream profile s t o transmit VoIP, video and data can be selected for each stream. Throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter (RFC 3393) measurements are also available simultaneously for each stream, allowing fast and in-depth qualification of all SLA criteria.

Fibre Channel Network Integrity Testing

EXFO’s FTB-8510B Packet Blazer module also supports comprehensive Fibre Channel testing.

Applications

Since most storage area networks cover large distances and Fibre Channel has stringent performance attributes that must be respected, testing at each phase of network deployment is imperative to ensure appropriate service levels. EXFO’s FTB-8510B Fibre Channel option provides full wire-speed traffic generation at FC-0, FC-1 and FC-2 logical layers, allowing BER testing for link integrity measurements. Latency, buffer-to-buffer credit measurements for optimization, and login capabilities are also supported.

Buffer-to-Buffer Credit Estimation

Buffer-to-buffer credits are part of the flow control engine for Fibre Channel connections. This is a crucial configuration parameter for optimal network performance. Usually, network administrators calculate the value by taking the traveled distance and the data rate into consideration. However, since latency issues are not considered, poor accuracy is to be expected. The FTB-8510B module is capable of estimating buffer-to-buffer credit values with respect to latency by calculating the distance according to the round-trip latency time.

Latency

Transmission of frames in a network is not instantaneous and is subject to multiple delays caused by the propagation delay in the fiber and by processing time inside each piece of network equipment. Latency is the total accumulation of delays between two endpoints. Some applications such as VoIP, video and storage area networks are very sensitive to excess latency. It is therefore critical for service providers to properly characterize network latency when offering Fibre Channel services. From the latency measurement that they perform, the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer estimates buffer-to-buffer credit value requirements.

 

*Not all interfaces are available on all models. Please check pictures & enabled options to see what this model has.

 

FTB-8510G Packet Blazer

Applications

  • Performance validation of carrier-grade 10 gigabit Ethernet services
  • BERT, RFC 2544 and advanced Layer 3 and 4 traffic generation and analysis

Key Features and Benefits

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite. EtherSAM is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services
  • LAN and WAN PHY capability in a single module
  • Fully integrated functionality for assessing the performance of Ethernet transport networks
  • Packet jitter measurement to qualify Ethernet transport networks for transmission of delay-sensitive traffic such as video and voice-over-IP (VoIP)
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, allowing quality of service (QoS) verification through VLAN and ToS/DSCP prioritization testing
  • Up to 10 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • MPLS, MPLS-TP, PBB-TE and IPv4/IPv6 support for complete Carrier Ethernet validation

Details

The Choice for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance Assurance

EXFO’s FTB-8510G Packet Blazer™ offers performance assurance for 10 Gigabit Ethernet-based services. Its suite of test applications provides all the measurements required for validating service-level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and their customers. Housed in the FTB-500 Platform or FTB-200 Compact Platform, the FTB-8510G module tests connectivity in its native format: 10GBASE-xR or 10GBASE-xW used for transport of Ethernet-based LAN-to-LAN services. It can also be used to test next-generation SONET/SDH, hybrid multiplexers, dark fiber or xWDM networks running 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

Combined with its rack-mounted manufacturing/R&D-environment counterpart, the IQS-8510G Packet Blazer, the FTB-8510G simplifies and speeds up the deployment of Ethernet services.

Key Features

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite allowing full validation of today’s Ethernet services (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Measures throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, providing per-stream measurements for throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter
  • LAN PHY and WAN PHY available in a single module
  • Simultaneous traffic generation and reception at 100 % wire speed for 10GBASE-SR, -ER, -LR, -SW, -EW or -LW full-duplex interfaces at all valid frame sizes
  • Transmits and analyzes up to ten streams, perfect for installing, commissioning and maintaining Ethernet networks
  • UDP, TCP and IP header integrity validation
  • Easy-to-use smart user interface (SUI) for configurable screens, customization of test suites, as well as real-time and historical performance reporting
  • Capability to remote control the Packet Blazer test module with the Visual Guardian Lite software or VNC
  • Configurable advanced filters for in-depth network troubleshooting
  • PBB-TE and MPLS support for Carrier Ethernet
  • Up to 10 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • Smart Loopback
  • Service disruption time measurement
  • Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6 testing)

EtherSAM: The New Standard in Ethernet Testing

ITU-T Y.1564 is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. This methodology is completely adapted to today’s Ethernet services especially mobile backhaul and commercial services. Up to now, RFC 2544 has been the most widely used methodology. However, it was designed for network device testing in the lab, not for services testing in the field. ITU-T Y.1564 is the first testing standard developed for the field. It has a number of advantages over the RFC 2544 including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and QoS measurements. This methodology is also significantly faster, therefore saving time and resources while optimizing QoS.

Contrary to other methodologies, EtherSAM supports new multiservice offerings. It can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services. Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in more accurate validation and much faster deployment and troubleshooting. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

Service Configuration Test

The network configuration test consists in sequentially testing each service. It validates that the service is properly provisioned and that all specific KPIs or SLA parameters are met.

Service Performance Test

Once the configuration of each individual service is validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.

EtherSAM Bidirectional Results

EXFO’s EtherSAM approach proves even more powerful as it executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements. Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, thus providing 100 % first-time-right service activation—that is the highest level of confidence in service testing.

RFC 2544 Test Suite

The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer can perform the RFC 2544 test suite for 10 GbE LAN/WAN interface at all frame sizes and at full line rate, allowing the provider to certify that the circuit is efficient and error-free at 100 % utilization.

The Packet Blazer supports automated RFC 2544 testing, including throughput, latency, burst (back-to-back) and frame loss. Automation also provides ease of use for field technicians by enabling accurate, efficient measurements and results through a clear and simple pass/fail indication. In addition, the Packet Blazer generates reports that can be given to customers for future reference related to their specific SLAs.

Efficient Testing Leads to Reliable Performance

MPLS, MPLS-TP and PBB-TE: Carrier Ethernet Transport Solution Testing

As technologically-sophisticated business and residential consumers continue to drive demand for premium, high-bandwidth data services such as voice and video, service providers worldwide are evolving their transport infrastructures to support these bandwidth and quality intensive services. No longer is an all-IP core sufficient; providers must now expand their IP convergence to the edge/metro network, in a cost-effective, quality-assured manner. Ethernet has long been accepted as an inexpensive, scalable data networking solution in LAN environments. The stringent QoS expectations require solutions that tap into the cost-effectiveness of Ethernet without sacrificing the benefits of connection-oriented (albeit it costly) TDM solutions such as SONET/SDH.

Ethernet tunneling technologies such as Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering or PBB-TE (also referred to as PBT) and transport MPLS address these requirements. These technologies enable connection-oriented Ethernet, providing carriers with a means of offering scalable, reliable and resilient Ethernet services. The PBB-TE and MPLS options on the FTB-8510G Packet Blazer offer service providers a comprehensive field tool to efficiently qualify Ethernet services from end to end, validating metro and core tunneling technologies.

EtherBERT™

Ethernet is increasingly carried across a variety of layer 1 media over longer distances. This creates a growing need for the certification of Ethernet transport on a bit-per-bit basis, which can be done using bit-error-rate testing (BERT).

BERT uses a pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) encapsulated into an Ethernet frame, making it possible to go from a frame-based error measurement to a bit-error-rate measurement. This provides the bit-per-bit error count accuracy required for acceptance testing of physical-medium transport systems. BERT-over-Ethernet should usually be used when Ethernet is carried transparently over layer 1 media, in cases such as Ethernet over DWDM, CWDM or dark fiber.

Ethernet QoS Measurements

Data services are making a significant shift toward supporting a variety of applications on the same network. Multiservice offerings such as triple-play services have fuelled the need for QoS testing to ensure the condition and reliability of each service and fully qualify SLA parameters. The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer allows service providers to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications through its multistream application. The user has the capability to configure up to ten streams with different Ethernet and IP QoS parameters such as VLAN ID (802.1Q), VLAN Priority (802.1p), VLAN stacking (802.1ad Q-in-Q), ToS and DSCP. Specific stream profiles to transmit VoIP, video and data can be selected for each stream. Throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter (RFC 3393) measurements are also available simultaneously for each stream, allowing fast and in-depth qualification of all SLA criteria.

Ethernet Advanced Troubleshooting

The FTB-8510G provides a number of advanced features essential for in-depth troubleshooting in the event of network failures or impairments. The advanced filtering option allows the user to configure up to ten filters with each up to four operands, which will be applied to the received Ethernet traffic. Detailed statistics are available for each configured filter providing the user with critical information required to pinpoint specific problems. Additionally, the FTB-8510G supports a traffic scan feature that allows quick identification and monitoring of VLAN and MPLS flows on the network. This can help clearly identify top bandwidth users.

The FTB-8510G also supports full-line-rate data capture and decode. This key troubleshooting tool enables field technicians to easily identify complex network issues. The comprehensive capture feature includes the capability to configure capture filters and triggers to quickly zero-in on network events.

EXFO FTB-7212B-C-EI

Today’s telecom market imposes test challenges that stem from a never-beforeseen variety of fiber-optic networks. Ultra-long-haul, high-fiber-count 10 Gb/s and high-speed DWDM networks. CWDM and 2.5 Gb/s metropolitan networks. Passive optical networks (PONs) and other types of access networks. All of these create increasingly specific and demanding testing requirements, making OTDRs more essential than ever for installing, maintaining and troubleshooting networks.

EXFO’s OTDRs deliver the right tools for accurately detecting and characterizing splices, connectors, splitters, breaks and other events along a fiber link. The FTB-7000B provides a wide choice of configurations to conveniently test all types of networks. The FTB-7000D and FTB-70000C enables multiple-wavelength testing by combining triple-wavelength capability in a single module. Plus, the FTB-7000D offers extremely short dead zones—perfect for short-distance applications—and faster-than-ever acquisitions.

EXFO’s OTDR modules meet all your testing needs with numerous singlemode and multimode configurations available at several wavelengths. Most important, they are field-interchangeable and compatible with both of EXFO’s rugged, portable test platforms, the powerful FTB-400 Universal Test System and the compact FTB-100B Mini-OTDR.

Includes:

  • EXFO FTB-200-S1 Mini-OTDR Main Frame
  • EXFO FTB-7212B-C-XX Multimode Module
    • 850nm
    • 1300nm
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    • 1310nm
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    • Enabled Options:
      • SK-ADV-Filters
      • SK-EtherSAM
      • SK-IPV6
      • SK-MPLS
      • SK-PBB-TE
      • SK-LAN
      • SK-WAN
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    • Enabled Options:
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      • SK-1000M-E
      • SK-1000M-O
      • SK-100M-E-AP
      • SK-10M-E-AP
      • SK-2ND Port
      • SK-ETH-Thru
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  • Fiber Cables:
    • (2) SM SC-SC
    • (2) MM ST-ST
    • (2) SM LC-ST Duplex
  • (2) ST-ST Fiber Connectors
  • EXFO FTB-200 Compact Modular Platform Software
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • Power Cord
  • USB PC Interface Cable
  • Stylus
  • 2GB Compact Flash Card
  • EXFO Expert NPA CD
  • Cat5e Patch Cable
  • EXFO FTB-7000 Series OTDR Manual For FTB-200
  • EXFO FTB-7000 Series For FTB-200 Quick Reference Guide
  • EXFO FTB-8510G Quick Reference Guide
  • EXFO Ethernet And Fiber Channel Applications User Guide
  • Hard Copy User Manual
  • Hard Carrying Case w/ Strap

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The FTB-200 is a compact, modular platform designed for multilayer and multimedium testing

  • Tests physical, transport and datacom
  • Accommodates two field-interchangeable modules
  • Integrated hardware options such as visual fault locator (VFL), fiber inspection probe and power meter

Designed for metro/access and FTTx networks

  • Lightweight construction
  • Touchscreen resistant to shock, water, dust and common chemicals
  • Dial and shortkeys for easy scrolling and selecting
  • Extended battery autonomy of more than eight hours, perfect for OTDR testing

Improved productivity

  • Four-second power-up time with Windows CE
  • Faster acquisition, processing and reporting

 

A Compact Platform Optimized for Large-Scale Network Deployments

EXFO has created the first true compact platform for the supertech. Whether you are testing triple-wavelength insertion loss at the CO or testing data ntegrity at the core, the FTB-200 has the power, speed and modularity that you need in the field.

Optimized for all phases of the network lifecycle

  • Construction/installation
  • System provisioning/service activation
  • Maintenance/troubleshooting

Lightweight

  • 2.5 kg/5.4 lb (platform only)

Fast and powerful

  • Four-second power-up time with Windows CE/mobile

Faster acquisition, processing and reporting

  • Instantaneous AutoSync USB data transfer
  • Faster acquisitions—down to five seconds
  • Remote control and virtual applications

Flexible connectivity

  • File transfer and software upgrading through USB
  • USB A/A-B, RJ-45 and Bluetooth flexibility
  • Compact Flash (memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)

Built for the outside plant

  • Waterproof outer shell, sealed joints, door panels for extra port protection
  • Advanced TFT transflective display, for great visibility under direct sunlight
  • Rugged shortkeys and tracking knob
  • GR-196-CORE-compliant
  • Extended battery autonomy of more than eight hours

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FTB-8510B Packet Blazer

Applications

  • Performance validation of carrier-grade Ethernet services
  • IPTV testing and analysis (option available only with the FTB-400 platform)

Key Features and Benefits

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite. EtherSAM is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, allowing quality of service (QoS) verification through VLAN and ToS/DSCP prioritization testing
  • True wire-speed, stateful TCP throughput test for undisputable SLA reinforcement for Ethernet services
  • IPTV testing and analysis
  • Up to 1 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • Complete Carrier Ethernet services portfolio: PBB-TE (MAC-in-MAC), MPLS, MPLS-TP, 802.3ah and IPv4/IPv6
  • 1x and 2x Fibre Channel testing

 

Details

Assessing the Performance of Ethernet Services

EXFO’s FTB-8510B Packet Blazer™ brings performance assurance to Ethernet-based services. Its wide range of test functionalities provides all the necessary measurement tools for verifying service-level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and their customers.

The FTB-8510B module tests connectivity in its native format: 10/100/1000Base-T, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX, 1000Base-SX, 1000Base-LX and 1000Base-ZX for today’s Ethernet services. The FTB-8510B module is the ideal tool for turning-up and troubleshooting Ethernet-based mobile backhaul, commercial and wholesale services.

Combined with its rack-mounted manufacturing/R&D-environment counterpart, the IQS-8510B Packet Blazer, the FTB-8510B simplifies and speeds up the deployment of Ethernet services.

Key Features

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite allowing full validation of today’s Ethernet services (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, providing per-stream measurements for throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter
  • True wire-speed and stateful TCP throughput testing
  • PBB-TE and MPLS support for Carrier Ethernet
  • Up to 1 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • IPTV testing and analysis
  • Dual port capability for simultaneous traffic generation and reception at 100 % wire speed for 10/100/1000Base-T, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX,
  • 1000Base-SX, 1000Base-LX or 1000Base-ZX full-duplex networks at all packet sizes
  • Ethernet in the First Mile 802.3ah testing
  • Fibre Channel 1x and 2x test suite
  • Remote control capability through Visual Guardian Lite and VNC software
  • Configurable advanced filters for in-depth network troubleshooting
  • Service disruption time measurement
  • IPv6 testing

EtherSAM: The New Standard in Ethernet Testing

ITU-T Y.1564 is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. This methodology is completely adapted to today’s Ethernet services especially mobile backhaul and commercial services. Up to now, RFC 2544 has been the most widely used methodology. However, it was designed for network device testing in the lab, not for services testing in the field. ITU-T Y.1564 is the first testing standard developed for the field. It has a number of advantages over the RFC 2544 including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and QoS measurements. This methodology is also significantly faster, therefore saving time and resources while optimizing QoS.

Contrary to other methodologies, EtherSAM supports new multiservice offerings. It can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services. Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in more accurate validation and much faster deployment and troubleshooting. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

Service Configuration Test

The service configuration test consists in sequentially testing each service. It validates that the service is properly provisioned and that all specific KPIs or SLA parameters are met.

Service Performance Test

Once the configuration of each individual service is validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.

EtherSAM Bidirectional Results

EXFO’s EtherSAM approach proves even more powerful as it executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements. Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, thus providing 100 % first-time-right service activation—that is the highest level of confidence in service testing.

RFC 2544 Test Suite

The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer can perform the RFC 2544 test suite for 10/100/1000M interfaces at all frame sizes and at full line rate, allowing the provider to certify that the circuit is efficient and error-free at 100 % utilization. More importantly, when in dual test set mode, the Packet Blazer allows bidirectional testing, providing independent RFC 2544 test results for each direction (local to remote and remote to local) simultaneously. This is especially important when testing Ethernet services as traffic from each direction often takes different paths in the network. Performance results can therefore vary depending on the direction.

The Packet Blazer supports automated RFC 2544 testing, including throughput, latency, burst (back-to-back) and frame loss. Automation also provides ease of use for field technicians by enabling accurate, efficient measurements and results through a clear and simple pass/fail indication. In addition, the Packet Blazer generates reports that can be given to customers for future reference related to their specific SLAs.

Efficient Testing Leads to Reliable Performance

TCP Throughput

The Internet protocol (IP) and transmission control protocol (TCP) together form the essence of TCP/IP networking. While IP deals with the delivery of packets, TCP provides the integrity and assurance that the data packets transmitted by one host are reliably received at the destination. Applications such as hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), e-mail or file transfer protocol (FTP) depend on TCP as their delivery assurance mechanism within networks.

Customers deploying such applications expect not only physical and link level SLAs from their service providers, but assurance that their TCP traffic requirements will be supported across the network. The TCP throughput feature on the Packet Blazer™ offers Ethernet service providers the capability of measuring and validating that the services offered to their customers support the TCP traffic performance they expect.

MPLS, MPLS-TP and PBB-TE: Carrier Ethernet Transport Solution Testing

As technologically-sophisticated business and residential consumers continue to drive demand for premium, high-bandwidth data services such as voice and video, service providers worldwide are evolving their transport infrastructures to support these bandwidth and quality intensive services. No longer is an all-IP core sufficient; providers must now expand their IP convergence to the edge/metro network, in a cost-effective, quality-assured manner. Ethernet has long been accepted as an inexpensive, scalable data networking solution in LAN environments. The stringent QoS expectations require solutions that tap into the cost-effectiveness of Ethernet without sacrificing the benefits of connection-oriented (albeit it costly) TDM solutions such as SONET/SDH.

Ethernet tunneling technologies such as Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering or PBB-TE (also referred to as PBT) and transport MPLS address these requirements. These technologies enable connection-oriented Ethernet, providing carriers with a means of offering scalable, reliable and resilient Ethernet services. The PBB-TE and MPLS options on the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer offer service providers a comprehensive field tool to efficiently qualify Ethernet services from end-to-end, validating metro and core tunneling technologies.

Ethernet Advanced Troubleshooting

The FTB-8510B provides a number of advanced features essential for in-depth troubleshooting in the event of network failures or impairments. The advanced filtering option allows the user to configure up to ten filters each with up to four operands, which will be applied to the received Ethernet traffic. Detailed statistics are available for each configured filter providing the user with critical information required to pinpoint specific problems. Additionally, the FTB-8510B supports a traffic scan feature that allows quick identification and monitoring of VLAN and MPLS flows on the network. This can help clearly identify top bandwidth users.

The FTB-8510B also supports full-line-rate data capture and decode. This key troubleshooting tool enables field technicians to easily identify complex network issues. The comprehensive capture feature includes the capability to configure capture filters and triggers to quickly zero-in on network events.

IPTV Testing and Analysis

The IPTV software option, available on the FTB-8510B, leverages the current frame-analysis engine, delivering high performing measurement capabilities and providing users with over 45 different IPTV metrics and statistics in a powerful portable IPTV test platform. The key features and capabilities provided with this software option include RFC 4445 media delivery index (MDI)*, TR 101 290 priority 1 metrics in addition to program clock reference jitter, IGMP support, stream rate and bandwidth utilization on 100 simultaneous MPEG-2, MPEG-4 or VC-1 streams. Usability features include user-configurable alarm thresholds for MDI and other selected metrics, enabling customizable test sequences as well as an auto-stream detection capability that automatically discovers valid IPTV streams within the Ethernet layer. Additionally, stream IP addresses can be linked to a user-definable stream name through an alias table typically containing the name of the broadcast channel.

The combination of the portable FTB-500 platform and the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer with the IPTV software option offers service providers the most effective tool to quickly and efficiently test and monitor IPTV streams over their network. For more information on the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer IPTV option, please refer to the IPTV Test Option specification sheet.

* The MDI feature of the IPTV software option is not available in the USA.

EtherBERT™

Ethernet is increasingly carried across a variety of layer 1 media over longer distances. This creates a growing need for the certification of Ethernet transport on a bit-per-bit basis, which can be done using bit-error-rate testing (BERT).

BERT uses a pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) encapsulated into an Ethernet frame, making it possible to go from a frame-based error measurement to a bit-error-rate measurement. This provides the bit-per-bit error count accuracy required for acceptance testing of physical-medium transport systems. BERT-over-Ethernet should usually be used when Ethernet is carried transparently over layer 1 media, in cases such as Ethernet over DWDM, CWDM or dark fiber.

Ethernet QoS Measurements

Data services are making a significant shift toward supporting a variety of applications on the same network. Multiservice offerings such as triple-play services have fuelled the need for QoS testing to ensure the condition and reliability of each service and fully qualify SLA parameters. The FTB-8510B Packet Blazer allows service providers to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications through its multistream application. The user has the capability to configure up to ten streams with different Ethernet and IP QoS parameters such as VLAN ID (802.1Q), VLAN Priority (802.1p), VLAN stacking (802.1ad Q-in-Q), ToS and DSCP. Specific stream profile s t o transmit VoIP, video and data can be selected for each stream. Throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter (RFC 3393) measurements are also available simultaneously for each stream, allowing fast and in-depth qualification of all SLA criteria.

Fibre Channel Network Integrity Testing

EXFO’s FTB-8510B Packet Blazer module also supports comprehensive Fibre Channel testing.

Applications

Since most storage area networks cover large distances and Fibre Channel has stringent performance attributes that must be respected, testing at each phase of network deployment is imperative to ensure appropriate service levels. EXFO’s FTB-8510B Fibre Channel option provides full wire-speed traffic generation at FC-0, FC-1 and FC-2 logical layers, allowing BER testing for link integrity measurements. Latency, buffer-to-buffer credit measurements for optimization, and login capabilities are also supported.

Buffer-to-Buffer Credit Estimation

Buffer-to-buffer credits are part of the flow control engine for Fibre Channel connections. This is a crucial configuration parameter for optimal network performance. Usually, network administrators calculate the value by taking the traveled distance and the data rate into consideration. However, since latency issues are not considered, poor accuracy is to be expected. The FTB-8510B module is capable of estimating buffer-to-buffer credit values with respect to latency by calculating the distance according to the round-trip latency time.

Latency

Transmission of frames in a network is not instantaneous and is subject to multiple delays caused by the propagation delay in the fiber and by processing time inside each piece of network equipment. Latency is the total accumulation of delays between two endpoints. Some applications such as VoIP, video and storage area networks are very sensitive to excess latency. It is therefore critical for service providers to properly characterize network latency when offering Fibre Channel services. From the latency measurement that they perform, the FTB-8510B Packet Blazer estimates buffer-to-buffer credit value requirements.

*Not all interfaces are available on all models. Please check pictures & enabled options to see what this model has.

FTB-8510G Packet Blazer

Applications

  • Performance validation of carrier-grade 10 gigabit Ethernet services
  • BERT, RFC 2544 and advanced Layer 3 and 4 traffic generation and analysis

Key Features and Benefits

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite. EtherSAM is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services
  • LAN and WAN PHY capability in a single module
  • Fully integrated functionality for assessing the performance of Ethernet transport networks
  • Packet jitter measurement to qualify Ethernet transport networks for transmission of delay-sensitive traffic such as video and voice-over-IP (VoIP)
  • Throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss measurements as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, allowing quality of service (QoS) verification through VLAN and ToS/DSCP prioritization testing
  • Up to 10 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • MPLS, MPLS-TP, PBB-TE and IPv4/IPv6 support for complete Carrier Ethernet validation

 

Details

The Choice for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance Assurance

EXFO’s FTB-8510G Packet Blazer™ offers performance assurance for 10 Gigabit Ethernet-based services. Its suite of test applications provides all the measurements required for validating service-level agreements (SLAs) between service providers and their customers. Housed in the FTB-500 Platform or FTB-200 Compact Platform, the FTB-8510G module tests connectivity in its native format: 10GBASE-xR or 10GBASE-xW used for transport of Ethernet-based LAN-to-LAN services. It can also be used to test next-generation SONET/SDH, hybrid multiplexers, dark fiber or xWDM networks running 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

Combined with its rack-mounted manufacturing/R&D-environment counterpart, the IQS-8510G Packet Blazer, the FTB-8510G simplifies and speeds up the deployment of Ethernet services.

Key Features

  • Complete EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test suite allowing full validation of today’s Ethernet services (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Measures throughput, back-to-back, latency and frame loss as per RFC 2544 (bidirectional results through dual test set)
  • Multistream generation and analysis, providing per-stream measurements for throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter
  • LAN PHY and WAN PHY available in a single module
  • Simultaneous traffic generation and reception at 100 % wire speed for 10GBASE-SR, -ER, -LR, -SW, -EW or -LW full-duplex interfaces at all valid frame sizes
  • Transmits and analyzes up to ten streams, perfect for installing, commissioning and maintaining Ethernet networks
  • UDP, TCP and IP header integrity validation
  • Easy-to-use smart user interface (SUI) for configurable screens, customization of test suites, as well as real-time and historical performance reporting
  • Capability to remote control the Packet Blazer test module with the Visual Guardian Lite software or VNC
  • Configurable advanced filters for in-depth network troubleshooting
  • PBB-TE and MPLS support for Carrier Ethernet
  • Up to 10 Gbit/s full-line-rate data capture and decode
  • Smart Loopback
  • Service disruption time measurement
  • Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6 testing)

EtherSAM: The New Standard in Ethernet Testing

ITU-T Y.1564 is the new standard for turning up and troubleshooting Carrier Ethernet services. This methodology is completely adapted to today’s Ethernet services especially mobile backhaul and commercial services. Up to now, RFC 2544 has been the most widely used methodology. However, it was designed for network device testing in the lab, not for services testing in the field. ITU-T Y.1564 is the first testing standard developed for the field. It has a number of advantages over the RFC 2544 including validation of critical SLA criteria such as packet jitter and QoS measurements. This methodology is also significantly faster, therefore saving time and resources while optimizing QoS.

Contrary to other methodologies, EtherSAM supports new multiservice offerings. It can simulate all types of services that will run on the network and simultaneously qualify all key SLA parameters for each of these services. Moreover, it validates the QoS mechanisms provisioned in the network to prioritize the different service types, resulting in more accurate validation and much faster deployment and troubleshooting. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

Service Configuration Test

The network configuration test consists in sequentially testing each service. It validates that the service is properly provisioned and that all specific KPIs or SLA parameters are met.

Service Performance Test

Once the configuration of each individual service is validated, the service performance test simultaneously validates the quality of all the services over time.

EtherSAM Bidirectional Results

EXFO’s EtherSAM approach proves even more powerful as it executes the complete ITU-T Y.1564 test with bidirectional measurements. Key SLA parameters are measured independently in each test direction, thus providing 100 % first-time-right service activation—that is the highest level of confidence in service testing.

RFC 2544 Test Suite

The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer can perform the RFC 2544 test suite for 10 GbE LAN/WAN interface at all frame sizes and at full line rate, allowing the provider to certify that the circuit is efficient and error-free at 100 % utilization.

The Packet Blazer supports automated RFC 2544 testing, including throughput, latency, burst (back-to-back) and frame loss. Automation also provides ease of use for field technicians by enabling accurate, efficient measurements and results through a clear and simple pass/fail indication. In addition, the Packet Blazer generates reports that can be given to customers for future reference related to their specific SLAs.

Efficient Testing Leads to Reliable Performance

MPLS, MPLS-TP and PBB-TE: Carrier Ethernet Transport Solution Testing

As technologically-sophisticated business and residential consumers continue to drive demand for premium, high-bandwidth data services such as voice and video, service providers worldwide are evolving their transport infrastructures to support these bandwidth and quality intensive services. No longer is an all-IP core sufficient; providers must now expand their IP convergence to the edge/metro network, in a cost-effective, quality-assured manner. Ethernet has long been accepted as an inexpensive, scalable data networking solution in LAN environments. The stringent QoS expectations require solutions that tap into the cost-effectiveness of Ethernet without sacrificing the benefits of connection-oriented (albeit it costly) TDM solutions such as SONET/SDH.

Ethernet tunneling technologies such as Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering or PBB-TE (also referred to as PBT) and transport MPLS address these requirements. These technologies enable connection-oriented Ethernet, providing carriers with a means of offering scalable, reliable and resilient Ethernet services. The PBB-TE and MPLS options on the FTB-8510G Packet Blazer offer service providers a comprehensive field tool to efficiently qualify Ethernet services from end to end, validating metro and core tunneling technologies.

EtherBERT™

Ethernet is increasingly carried across a variety of layer 1 media over longer distances. This creates a growing need for the certification of Ethernet transport on a bit-per-bit basis, which can be done using bit-error-rate testing (BERT).

BERT uses a pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) encapsulated into an Ethernet frame, making it possible to go from a frame-based error measurement to a bit-error-rate measurement. This provides the bit-per-bit error count accuracy required for acceptance testing of physical-medium transport systems. BERT-over-Ethernet should usually be used when Ethernet is carried transparently over layer 1 media, in cases such as Ethernet over DWDM, CWDM or dark fiber.

Ethernet QoS Measurements

Data services are making a significant shift toward supporting a variety of applications on the same network. Multiservice offerings such as triple-play services have fuelled the need for QoS testing to ensure the condition and reliability of each service and fully qualify SLA parameters. The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer allows service providers to simultaneously simulate and qualify different applications through its multistream application. The user has the capability to configure up to ten streams with different Ethernet and IP QoS parameters such as VLAN ID (802.1Q), VLAN Priority (802.1p), VLAN stacking (802.1ad Q-in-Q), ToS and DSCP. Specific stream profiles to transmit VoIP, video and data can be selected for each stream. Throughput, latency, frame loss and packet jitter (RFC 3393) measurements are also available simultaneously for each stream, allowing fast and in-depth qualification of all SLA criteria.

Ethernet Advanced Troubleshooting

The FTB-8510G provides a number of advanced features essential for in-depth troubleshooting in the event of network failures or impairments. The advanced filtering option allows the user to configure up to ten filters with each up to four operands, which will be applied to the received Ethernet traffic. Detailed statistics are available for each configured filter providing the user with critical information required to pinpoint specific problems. Additionally, the FTB-8510G supports a traffic scan feature that allows quick identification and monitoring of VLAN and MPLS flows on the network. This can help clearly identify top bandwidth users.

The FTB-8510G also supports full-line-rate data capture and decode. This key troubleshooting tool enables field technicians to easily identify complex network issues. The comprehensive capture feature includes the capability to configure capture filters and triggers to quickly zero-in on network events.

 

*Not all interfaces are available on all models. Please check pictures & enabled options to see what this model has.

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