Net Optics rolls out fiber analyzer switch

Net Optics is releasing an all-optical analyzer switch next month that can monitor and analyze traffic from up to 100 networks.

The SpyderSwitch is a passive switch that sits between the analyzer console and the network. It works with any analyzer console including Sniffer Technologies Inc.'s Sniffer, Cisco Systems Inc.'s SwitchProbe and Agilent Technologies Inc.'s Internet Advisor. The SpyderSwitch monitors any fiber-optic network running at speeds of up to 1000M-bytes/sec, or transmission speeds up to OC192. It connects to the analyzer via a DB-9 cable.

The SpyderSwitch will monitor and analyze traffic from any single or multimode fiber-based ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel or SONET network. Testing can occur without interrupting network operations; if power to the switch is disrupted, network operations are not affected.

The SpyderSwitch can either be rack-mounted or used standalone. It has 4, 6, 32 or 100 ports and will be available in February. A 4-port SpyderSwitch starts at US$13,900.

Net Optics offers a range of fiber-optic monitoring, troubleshooting and analysis gear, including splitter taps, redundancy switches, test and simulation products, converters and fiber-optic cable assemblies. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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