Agilent unveils router performance tester

Agilent Technologies Inc. Monday unveiled the RouterTester 900, a unit designed to validate the performance of Multi-protocol Label Switching implementations.

The RouterTester 900 includes a four-slot chassis and modules to perform tests on ATM, packet over SONET and 10M/100M bit/sec Ethernet networks. Agilent says that up to 1,000 routing sessions and 50,000 Multi-protocol Label Switching tunnels can be tested on each port.

In addition, the company claims that more than 2,000 independently controlled traffic streams can be generated and analyzed by each port.

The RouterTester 900 fits into two rack units. Agilent says a six-foot rack unit can hold up to 160 ports of synchronized OC-3c, OC-12c or OC-48c, or up to 1,280 ports of 10M/100M bit/sec Ethernet. Up to three racks can be connected together, and measurements can be synchronized across all chassis, the company says.

Up to 60 chassis can be controlled by one PC, and performance measurements, such as latency, are synchronized to 10 nanoseconds, Agilent claims.

Agilent did not disclose pricing or availability information for the unit.

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