Tap Solutions

Provide reliable and secure access to network traffic without compromising network performance.
  • Copy traffic running through a network and send that traffic to network traffic analyzers and probes that improve network efficiency and security.
  • Found in large data networks in virtually every industry vertical.
  • Provide permanent ports for network, application and security analysis solutions.
  • Improve the performance of network, application and security solutions
  • Decrease the MTTR thru faster resolution of network, application and security issues.
  • Increase the ROI of network traffic analyzers and probes.
  • Decrease the reliance on switch and router resources for network traffic visibility.
  • Fluke Networks is now selling VSS Monitoring Taps. Learn More
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Overview

 

A Tap solution is a system designed to copy traffic running through a computer network and send that traffic to probes and network traffic analyzers to improve network efficiency or security. Fluke Networks’ Taps feature industry-leading innovation and unsurpassed quality. Our Tap solutions are suitable for numerous IT groups including network operations, network engineering, information security, quality assurance, web analytics and application analysis.

Taps are available in numerous configurations to support all network access strategies and objectives. These configurations include:
 

  • Inline taps
    • Copper and fiber
  • Inline aggregation taps
    • Non-filter and filtering
  • Span taps
    • Non-filter, filtering and switching
  • Combination inline and span taps
    • Single and dual link

 

 

Features

Inline Taps

Inline taps install between two network devices. Network devices include switches, routers, firewalls, servers and hosts. Network, application, or security analyzers then attach to the tap. The tap provides a copy of the network traffic for real-time monitoring and analysis.

Inline taps offer the clearest visibility of a network link’s performance. Inline taps pass non-conforming traffic including error, oversize, undersize, tagged and malformed packets. When measuring the timing of applications on a network link, inline taps offer the most accurate representation of response time degradation. Port mirroring often skews the packet arrival time.

Many fiber taps are non-powered, with no active components. Combine these resilient taps with a Span tap and you have solid inline analysis to one or more devices.

Inline taps feature half-duplex monitor ports. Taps are available for accessing copper and fiber optic network traffic.

Benefits:

  • Passive, fault tolerant design.
  • Full-line rate support on high-bandwidth, full-duplex network links.
  • Plug-and-play simplicity for fast analysis and deployment.
  • Eliminates the need for port mirroring which can degrade switch performance.

Inline Aggregating Taps

 

Inline taps are installed between two network devices. Network devices include switches, routers, firewalls, servers and hosts. Network, application, or security analyzers then attach to the tap. The tap provides a copy of the network traffic for real-time monitoring and analysis.

Aggregating inline taps provide access to critical links and meshed network traffic by combining full-duplex and multi-link traffic into a single data stream. All aggregating inline taps regenerate the signal so multiple analysis and monitoring devices can share the tapped connection simultaneously. Once the tap is installed, network monitoring and analysis solutions gain clear, unobstructed visibility of traffic and events by simply plugging into the tap. For mixed media environments, users can choose a tap that converts the signal from SX or LX fiber to BASE-T, or vice versa.

Certain models support multi-path analysis, a common requirement on today’s redundant networks. These taps ensure that even a link failover will not cause loss of network traffic or application visibility. Aggregating taps are typically used with network and application analyzers, intrusion detection systems (IDS), traffic probes and web content monitoring solutions.

Benefits:

  • Full-duplex and multi-link visibil­ity for single intrface analysis solutions.
  • Signal regeneration to support multiple analysis devices on the same tap.
  • Plug-and-play simplicity for fast analysis and deployment.
  • Media conversion to expand the ROI of existing analysis solutions.
  • Eliminates the need for port mirroring which can degrade switch performance.

 

 

Inline Aggregating Filter Taps

 

A tap’s ability to aggregate full-duplex and multiple link traffic is a great benefit to IT management because it maximizes visibility and extends the ROI of analysis and monitor­ing equipment. However, when traffic from multiple links and full-duplex connections exceeds the capacity of a gigabit output connection, events can be dropped or monitoring solutions can become over saturated with data. Hardware-based filtering link aggregation taps eliminate traffic not of concern for analysis or monitoring.

Filtering is based on IP addresses, VLAN ID, application port numbers, MAC addresses or byte/bit pattern. By focusing on only certain packet types, network managers can eliminate oversubscription to aggregation ports and increase the processing capability of monitoring and analysis devices. Replication of traffic to multiple monitoring ports reduces the number of network access points needed and extends management access for greater ROI.

FlowControl is the versatile configuration and monitoring utility bundled with each inline aggregating filter tap. Use the FlowControl software utility to administrate, filter, aggregate, monitor, and log network traffic. FlowControl facilitates centralized management and ease of access from a remote location.

Benefits:

  • Increase the visibility and performance of network monitoring and analysis devices.
  • Share information between multiple departments.
  • Reduce the number of monitoring and analysis devices needed to effectively manage your network.
  • Gain access to full-duplex and meshed network traffic for multiple analysis devices.
  • Improve the performance of network analysis solutions using hardware-based filtering within the tap.
  • Eliminate the possibility of dropped packets by filtering for only relevant traffic.
  • Speed troubleshooting with instant plug-and-play access to critical network segments.
  • Decease the cost associated with network access for network, application and security analysis solutions

 

Span Aggregating Taps

Span aggregating taps increase the value of port mirroring by replicating the traffic to multiple analysis and monitoring devices. The additional ability to aggregate multiple mirror ports gives monitoring devices greater visibility across numerous network segments and maximizes the ROI on analysis and monitoring devices.

Several models feature “any-to-any” architecture and port steering. These are flexible ports that can be configured as either network (input) ports or monitor (tap) ports. Traffic from the network ports can be directed to any monitor port, allowing the traffic to be steered and aggregated as desired.

Benefits:

  • Increases the value of a single switch mirror port by replicating the traffic to multiple monitoring and analysis devices.
  • Increases visibility across numerous network segments, maximizing the utility of analysis and monitoring devices.
  • Decreases the time it takes to deploy analysis devices to trouble spots on the network.
  • Decreases contention for switch mirror port connections.
  • Maximizes the ROI on analysis and monitoring devices.
  • Any-to-any architecture and port steering make it easy to direct the desired mix of traffic to the appropriate device.
  • Many-to-one architecture allows analysis devices to have improved visibility with fewer ports

Span Aggregating Filter Taps

A tap’s ability to aggregate full-duplex and multiple link traffic is a great benefit to IT management because it maximizes visibility and extends the ROI of analysis and monitor­ing equipment. However, when traffic from multiple links and full-duplex connections exceeds the capacity of a gigabit output connection, events can be dropped or monitoring solutions can become over saturated with data. Hardware-based filtering span aggregation taps eliminate traffic not of concern for analysis or monitoring.

Filtering is based on IP addresses, VLAN ID, application port numbers, MAC addresses or byte/bit pattern. By focusing on only certain packet types, network managers can eliminate oversubscription to aggregation ports and increase the processing capability of monitoring and analysis devices. Replication of traffic to multiple monitoring ports reduces the number of network access points needed and extends management access for greater ROI.

Benefits:

  • Increases the value of a single switch mirror port by replicating the traffic to multiple monitoring and analysis devices.
  • Increases visibility across numerous network segments, maximizing the utility of analysis and monitoring devices.
  • Decreases the time it takes to deploy analysis devices to trouble spots on the network.
  • Decreases contention for switch mirror port connections.
  • Maximizes the ROI on analysis and monitoring devices.
  • Same span aggregating tap benefits as above, plus improved performance of network analysis and monitoring solutions using hardware-based filtering within the tap.
  • Analyze only relevant traffic by filtering out the unimportant.
  • Avoid oversubscription to aggregation ports

Span Switching Taps

Multi-port span switching taps, also called matrix switches, extend visibility across individual network segments for analysis and monitoring devices. Select between multiple streams and route the desired traffic to your analysis and monitoring device. This speeds troubleshooting and reduces the number of analysis devices needed to support the network.

Manage traffic switching remotely using our control software. Remote switch management facilitates dynamically switching analysis devices across numerous network segments without having to physically move cables or port settings. You can daisy-chain multiple switches to access dozens of networks.

Benefits:

  • Greater network visibility and central management accelerates problem resolution, reduces downtime, increases enterprise productivity, and improves ROI.
  • Leverage network analysis and monitoring devices across multiple switch span ports.
  • Daisy-chain up to four switches for access to dozens of ports.
  • Manage the switch remotely from a central console using control software (included)
  • Ideal for networks using distributed network, and application analysis solutions.

Combination Taps

Combination taps merge inline tapping with span regenera­tion and aggregation, all in the same tap. Maximum flexibility and configurability ensures that necessary traffic is fed to the appropriate device. Once the tap is installed, network, application and security analysis solutions gain clear, unobstructed visibility of traffic and events by simply plugging into the tap.

Use the inline capabilities when installing the tap between two network devices. The tap provides a copy of the network traffic for real-time monitoring and analysis. Aggregation provides access to critical links and meshed network traffic by combining full-duplex and multi-link traffic into a single data stream. The tap regenerates the signal so multiple analysis and monitoring devices can share the tapped connection simultaneously.

Use the span capabilities to replicate network traffic from taps and mirror ports to multiple analysis and monitoring devices. The ability to aggregate multiple mirror ports gives monitoring devices greater visibility across numerous network segments and maximizes the ROI on analysis and monitoring devices.

All combination taps feature “any-to-any” architecture and port steering. These are flexible ports that can be configured as either network (input) ports or monitor (tap) ports. Traffic from the network ports can be directed to any monitor port, allowing the traffic to be steered and aggregated as desired.

Benefits:

  • Full-duplex and multi-link visibil­ity for single interface analysis solutions.
  • Increases the value of a single mirror port by replicating the traffic to multiple monitoring and analysis devices.
  • Signal regeneration to support multiple analysis devices on the same tap.
  • Plug-and-play simplicity for fast analysis and deployment.
  • Media conversion to expand the ROI of existing analysis solutions.
  • Eliminates the need for port mirroring which can degrade switch performance.
  • Increased replication for a greater number of monitoring solutions.
  • Increased aggregation for greater visibility across more critical links.
  • Any-to-any architecture and port steering make it easy to direct the desired mix of traffic to the appropriate device.
  • Many-to-one architecture allows analysis devices to have improved visibility with fewer ports.
  • Highly configurable and flexible design ensures deployments options match the needs of any organization.

 

Models & Accessories

 
Models
Model Number/Name Description
Inline Taps
TAP-100
Single-port Copper Tap 10/100Mbps
TAP-10/100/1000
10/100/Gigabit Copper Tap Kit
TAP-1000BT-SX
Single-port Copper Tap 1000Mbps, 1000BASE-SX output
FTAP-62-50
Single-port Fiber Tap, 62.5 micron Multimode 50/50 split
FTAP-50-50
Single-port Fiber Tap, 50 micron Multimode 50/50 split
FTAP-50-50-10G
Single-port Fiber Tap, 50 micron Multimode 50/50 split 10 Gig
FTAP-9-50
Single-port Fiber Tap, 9 micron Singlemode 50/50 split
FTAP-9-50-10G
Single-port Fiber Tap, 9 micron Multimode 50/50 split 10 Gig
Inline Aggregating Taps
ATAP-102
Single-port dual output Copper Aggregating Tap 10/100Mbps No Injection
ATAP-100
Single-port dual output Copper Aggregating Tap 10/100Mbps
Span Aggregating Taps
ASTAP-100
Dual-port dual output Copper Aggregating Span Tap 10/100Mbps
AXSTAP-10SFP
10 port any-to-any SPAN aggregation tap (10SFP)
AXSTAP-10SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXSTAP-10SFP1 year of Gold Support for AXSTAP-10SFP
AXSTAP-8BTx2SFP
10 port any-to-any SPAN aggregation (8BT & 2SFP)
AXSTAP-8BTx2SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXSTAP-8BT2SFP1 year of Gold Support for AXSTAP-8BTx2SFP
Combination Single Link Taps
AXTAP1204BT-BT
In line 10/100/1000 Copper tap with 2 copper any-to-any ports
AXTAP1204BT-BT Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP1204BTBT1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP1204BT-BT
AXTAP1204BT-SFP
In line 10/100/1000 Copper tap with 2 SFP any-to-any ports
AXTAP1204BT-SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP1204BTSFP1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP1204BT-SFP
AXTAP1204LX-SFP
In line LX fiber tap with 2 SFP any-to-any ports
AXTAP1204LX-SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP1204LXSFP1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP1204LX-SFP
AXTAP1210LX-BT
In line LX fiber tap with 8 copper any-to-any ports
AXTAP1210LX-BT Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP1210LXBT1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP1210LX-BT
Combination Dual Link Taps
AXTAP2206BT-BT
Dual link in line Copper tap with 2 copper any-to-any ports
AXTAP2206BT-BT Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP2206BTBT1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP2206BT-BT
AXTAP2206SX-SFP
Dual link in line SX fiber tap with 2 SFP any-to-any ports
AXTAP2206SX-SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP2206SXSFP1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP2206SX-SFP
AXTAP2206LX-SFP
Dual link in line LX fiber tap with 2 SFP any-to-any ports
AXTAP2206LX-SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXTAP2206LXSFP1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP2206LX-SFP
AXTAP2210BT-BT/SFP
Dual link in line 10/100/1000 copper tap with 6 any-to-any ports (4 BT & 2 SFP)
AXTAP2210BT-BT/SFP Gold Support:
GLD-AXT2210BTBTSFP1 year of Gold Support for AXTAP2210BT-BT/SFP
 
Accessories
Model Number/Name Description
TAP-RMK-2
1U 2Bay Rack mount kit
TAP-RMK-3
1U 3Bay Rack Mount kit
TAP-RMK-14
4U 14Bay Rack Mount kit
SFP-RJ45
10/100/Gig Copper SFP Transceiver
MS-SX
Optical transceiver module, SFP, SX, 1G, 850 nm
MS-LX
Optical transceiver module, SFP, LX, 1G, 1300 nm
 

Specifications

Refer to the datasheets for specifications by model.

 

Taps models featuring SFP transceivers
AXSTAP-10SFP
AXSTAP-8BTx2SFP*
AXTAP1204BT-SFP
AXTAP1204LX-SFP
AXTAP2206SX-SFP
AXTAP2210BT-BT/SFP

 

SFP transceivers are not included with the Tap.  SFP transceivers must be purchased separately from the Tap.

 

Compatible transceivers
ApplicationModelFluke Networks Model
10/100/1000BASE-TFinisar FCLF-8521-3SFP-RJ45 (3591446)
Methode DM7041-R 
1000BASE-SX 850nmFinisar FTLF8519P2BNLMS-SX (3041397)
Stratos SPLC-20-F-1-D 
1000BASE-LX 1310nmStratos SPLC-20-4D-2-B-R6MS-LX (3041385)
Stratos SPLC-20-4-2M-B-R6 
10Gig SR SFP 850nmFinisar FTLX8511D3XFP-SR (3851836)
10Gig SR SFP 1310nmFinisar FTLX1412D3BCLXFP-LR (3851851)

*1000BASE-SX/LX only

 

 

Documents

 

Data Sheets

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Combination Inline Span Tap Datasheet
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Inline Aggregating Tap Datasheet
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Inline Tap Datasheet
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Span Tap Datasheet
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White Papers

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Deploying Network TAPS For Improved Security White Paper
Learn how a combination of network security probes and network TAPs can improve visibility and redundancy, while reducing solution complexity and cost.
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Gain flexibility Combination taps - Whitepaper
Gain flexibility to data access options with Combination taps - Whitepaper
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Network Monitoring and Analysis Techniques Using Taps and SPAN Switches
Network Monitoring and Analysis Techniques Using Taps and SPAN Switches
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Gold Product Support

Gold Support is Fluke Networks annual maintenance package and offers you great value for your investment. Membership ensures you never have to experience downtime, and give you 24/7 technical assistance.

Replacement Unit - Should your Fluke Networks Tap solution fail, a new or refurbished replacement tap will be provided within 5- business days within the U.S., 4-business days plus transit time for Non-US units. The replacement tap will be kept by you the Gold Member, and your defective tap will be returned to Fluke Networks, with all shipping costs covered by Fluke Networks.

Access to live 24 x 7 technical support - Unlimited 24/7 technical expertise with local language support. Gold members are provided with direct members-only priority phone numbers to our world-class Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) which employs a full staff of highly trained technical experts that are on call, including weekends and through the night.

Unlimited Access to Knowledge Base - Members have an open door to valuable proprietary information we’ve gathered from helping customers over the years. It also includes helpful technical articles written by our experts.

Discounts & Members-Only Promotions - Special discounts are offered to Gold customers on new products, enhancements and rental equipment.

Easy Access to Gold Entitlements - Upon purchase, your company will receive a unique Gold Support Membership Number and PIN for secure access to your Gold account.

Ensure that you are getting the most out of your Tap Solutions with Gold Support Services.

 

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