Datasheet: OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet - Version 11 Software Release and OptiView Performance Test Remote | Fluke Networks

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Datasheet: OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet - Version 11 Software Release and OptiView Performance Test Remote

A dedicated tablet for automated network and application analysis, OptiView® XG is the network engineer's fastest way to see root cause. With the enhancements featured in this latest release, Fluke Networks has made solving network and application performance problems even faster, added flexibility for instrumenting a network for performance testing, and simplified the process of assessing and documenting networks.

“The OptiView XG is always our starting point. It helps collaboration, gives the insights we need to make a case for upgrades or plan for deployments, allows us to test new implementations in real time, and quickly troubleshoot and fix problems as they arise. We look to this device first so we never waste time or money.”
- Trent Spencer, network manager, City of High Point

OptiView XG

About Version 11

Supporting distributed users and sites is difficult at best. When problems happen for remote users, many organizations lack the visibility needed to solve the problem remotely, forcing network engineers to travel across town, across country or even internationally to get to root cause. This is a significant drain on time and resources, and takes critical staff away from working on key IT projects.

When deploying new equipment or technologies, on your own or on a client’s network (in the case of service providers and system integrators), knowing ‘what is normal’ and how the network is configured right now – as opposed to using outdated documentation – is critical for fast troubleshooting, and successful technology rollouts and projects.

With version 11, Fluke Networks expands the analysis capabilities of the OptiView XG and solves these issues with key enhancements. Conducting Network Performance Tests (NPT, introduced in v10) provides a clear assessment of network capabilities and quality. Now, network engineers have a “good-better-best” network instrumentation strategy for performance testing and remote site troubleshooting. From the ability to instantly deploy software test agents anywhere in their distributed networks, to an economical alternative for full line-rate 10 Gbps instrumentation, version 11 and the new OptiView Performance Test Remote provide complete flexibility in performance test endpoints. Whether used to validate carrier SLAs and QoS, resolve performance problems in local or remote site networks, detect problems caused by internal traffic policing, and resolving performance problems with their VoIP phones, OptiView XG provides end-to-end network visibility for troubleshooting and network assessment.

Mapping a network used to be a chore involving hours of manual labor to trace and record network links, interfaces and devices. Now, version 11 delivers automated network mapping! Interact with your network with the new map-based discovery user interface on XG, and – with one click – export that map to Visio for instant documentation, saving hours of time and hassle.

Lastly, now Android users can take advantage of the HeadsUp XG app, to get problem notifications in the palm of their hand – connecting their phone or tablet to their OptiView XG for instant visibility of network issues, speeding response time to urgent problems.

Gold customers can upgrade to version 11 free of charge by logging into their Gold "my account" on www.flukenetworks.com.


Version 11 Highlights:

  • New OptiView Performance Test Remote (PTR) – A cost-effective way of instrumenting multiple points in the network with a 10G device for performance testing, troubleshooting and installation validation.
  • New Windows Reflector – Easily-downloadable software agent for instant deployment on PCs anywhere in your network, for performance testing and troubleshooting wherever it is needed.
  • Automated network mapping – Using OptiView’s powerful discovery engine, users can now interact with their network in a flexible map-based user interface to visually identify configuration and topology issues, speeding troubleshooting. One click sends the map data through a Visio file generator, creating instant, professional network documentation.
  • Sequential Store-to-Disk allows users to capture and save trace files from multiple incidents or longer time periods for later analysis, helping to ensure that the necessary packets are captured.
  • ClearSight Analyzer v9.5 – With key enhancements, such as Wi-Fi traffic and RADIUS decodes, ClearSight provides automated expert analysis of captured traffic for fast analysis of the toughest performance problems.
  • HeadsUp XG for Android – Stay connected and informed with the OptiView XG mobile app for problem notifications, HeadsUp XG – now available for Android. Get problem notifications and explore XG's Problem Log from your Apple® or Android phone or tablet.

A “Good – Better – Best” strategy for instrumenting your network

NEW Windows® Reflector agent – “Good”

Travelling to remote sites, whether across town or across the country, is time-consuming and inefficient – the more problem-solving engineers can do from their desk, the more effective they can be. When troubleshooting remote user performance problems, you need deeper vision into what the user is actually experiencing in order to get to root cause.

The OptiView XG Windows Reflector agent is an easily-downloadable software agent for instant deployment on PCs anywhere in your network, for performance testing and troubleshooting wherever it is needed. Simply direct your remote user to point their web browser at OptiView’s IP address, then download and install the small footprint application. Then, target the user’s PC with OptiView’s Network Performance Test to get a fast reading of roundtrip throughput, packet loss, jitter, and latency. Combine that with Graphical Path Analysis to visually see where performance issues might be hiding.

The agent provides symmetric upstream/downstream flow rates up to approximately 900 Mbps to a PC connected via a 1 Gbps NIC. Actual performance can vary based on the performance of the client’s operating system and TCP/IP stack. Importantly, the agent can also be used on PCs connected via Wi-Fi, allowing troubleshooting of performance through the wired AND wireless infrastructure.
Note: The Windows Reflector supports Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008 R2, both 32 and 64 bit editions.

LinkRunner – “Better”

The LinkRunner™ AT 2000, LinkRunner CE or Pro with Reflector Option act as remote devices for symmetric upstream/downstream flow rates up to line-rate 1Gbps over copper or fiber. An economical alternative for hardware-based endpoints, using these tools as hardware reflectors at critical sites throughout your network provide an “always on” means of testing and troubleshooting performance and service provider SLAs anytime. Using LinkRunner provides a “known standard” instrument for performance testing that is not impacted by the performance of the client’s operating system, or TCP/IP stack. Equipping remote sites with LinkRunner units to be used as needed for performance testing is good practice, but another benefit is that having them onsite also equips local frontline technicians with simple tools for solving user connectivity problems.

Much Better


NEW OptiView XG Performance Test Remote – “Much Better”

The Performance Test Remote (PTR) instrument allows bi-directional testing (asymmetric, up to 4 separate, simultaneous streams) at up to full line-rate 10Gig on copper or fiber. Whether used at 1G or 10G rates, bi-directional testing is essential for assessing a network’s capacity for voice and video traffic. The Performance Test Remote provides a cost-effective way of instrumenting multiple points in the network with a 10G device for performance testing, network assessment, and validation of critical, high-performance links.

The instrument comes with both copper (100/1000/10G) and fiber (1/10GBASE-SR, 850nm multimode SFP+) network interfaces. Alternatively, different SFP+ modules may be used for different standards/distances (LR, LRM.)

Specifications:
  • Battery Type - Rechargeable lithium battery pack
Temperature:
  • Operating - 0° C to 50° C (no battery installed)
  • Operating - 0° C to 40° C (lithium battery installed)
  • Charging - 0° C to 40° C
  • Storage - -40° C to 71° C
Safety: IEC/EN 61010-1
  • Operating altitude - 13,123 ft (4,000 m) 10,500 ft (3,200 m) with ac adapter
  • Storage altitude - 39,370 ft (12,000 m)

Part of the Versiv family

The OptiView Performance Test Remote is a new high-performance network test module on Fluke Networks’ modular Versiv test platform. Versiv expands testing capabilities through the addition of new modules as testing needs evolve, providing total flexibility for copper or fiber cable testing and certification with the DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer, CertiFiber® Pro and OptiFiber® Pro OTDR modules. Network Technicians can use the OneTouch AT Network Assistant 1T-3000 module for access-layer user network connectivity and performance troubleshooting on copper, fiber and Wi-Fi networks. (See ordering information for the OptiView Performance Test Remote and 1T-3000 module kit.)

When not being used for performance testing, the OptiView XG Remote can be quickly converted into any one of these instruments with the replacement of the optional slide-in module.

Versiv Family

OptiView XG – “Best”

A second OptiView XG provides the best performance overall as a test endpoint, with its capacity for eight bi-directional streams at up to 10 Gbps. When not used for performance testing, engineers at the remote site have the most powerful tool available for local wired and wireless troubleshooting, assessment, mapping and more.


Network Performance Test (NPT) Endpoint Comparison

Equipment Used: Test Type Maximum Throughput Max Streams Applications
XG ↔ Windows Reflector*
Windows Reflector
*Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008 R2, both 32 and 64 bit editions.
Roundtrip (Reflection/Symmetric)
Approx 900 Mbps on 1G Link

(Depends on PC NIC and TCP/IP stack performance.)
8
  • Troubleshooting to Remote Sites
  • “Light” Network Assessment
  • QoS Testing (roundtrip)
  • WAN SLA Validation to ~900Mbps (roundtrip only)
XG ↔ LinkRunner AT 2000
LinkRunner AT 2000
1 Gbps Line-Rate 8
  • Troubleshooting to Remote Sites
  • Network Assessment
  • QoS Testing (roundtrip)
  • WAN SLA Validation to 1 Gbps (roundtrip only)
XG ↔ Performance Test Remote
Performance Test Remote
Bi-Directional (Asymmetric)
10 Gbps Line-Rate 4
  • Troubleshooting to Remote Sites
  • Network Assessment to 10 Gbps
  • QoS Testing
  • Asymmetric WAN SLA Validation to 10 Gbps
  • Data Center Network Validation
XG ↔ XG
XG
10 Gbps Line-Rate 8
  • Troubleshooting to Remote Sites
  • Network Assessment
  • QoS Testing
  • Asymmetric WAN SLA Validation to 10 Gbps
  • Data Center Network Validation

Automated network mapping

The faster engineers can “see” what is going on in their network, to know who is on the network and where they are connected, and what the path is from “here to there”, the faster they can get to root cause when troubleshooting performance issues. Using OptiView’s patented discovery engine, users can now interact with their network in a flexible map-based user interface to quickly visually identify configuration and topology issues, speeding troubleshooting.

Documentation is an essential step for any project, such as pre-deployment network assessments and new technology rollouts, but it can take too much time to complete. From the graphical map-based user interface, one click sends the map data through a Visio file generator, creating instant, professional network documentation. Ideal for enterprises or service organizations, OptiView XG’s mapping function saves hours of manual labor, allowing documentation to keep up as the network changes, or provide instant maps for client projects.


Discovery Interface

Map-based Discovery user interface

Visio

Automated Visio map generation



Enhanced packet capture and traffic analysis

As a highly portable instrument, OptiView XG excels as a mobile data collection point for line-rate packet capture, anywhere in your network. Now, with the Sequential Store-to-Disk feature, engineers can capture and save multiple trace files from multiple incidents or longer time periods for later analysis, helping to ensure that the necessary packets are captured.

Also included with this release is the latest version of Integrated ClearSight Analyzer (CSA), v9.5 which includes:

  • Wireless LAN traffic support – Now, CSA provides decodes of encrypted wireless LAN traffic in trace files captured on the OptiView with AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyzer.
  • SSL decode support – decode of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) packets.
  • RADIUS protocol support – Radius protocol analysis with a Radius filter, allowing the user to filter by application, code type or user-id, for fast analysis of user authentication issues.
  • DHCP protocol support – graphical flow view supports DHCP and adds the protocol in UDP filters.
  • WireShark V1.8.3 decodes

Problem notification – HeadsUp XG mobile app

Stay connected and informed with the mobile app, HeadsUp XG – now available for Android. Get problem notifications and explore XG's Problem Log from your Apple® or Android phone or tablet. Available from Google® Play (for Android) or the Apple® App Store, free for OptiView XG users.


Ordering Information – OptiView XG Performance Test Peer
OPVXG-PTR OptiView XG Performance Test Remote (Versiv mainframe with PTR module attached)
OPVXG-PTR-MOD OptiView XG Performance Test Remote Module Only (for use with your existing Versiv™ product)
OPVXG-10G/PTR 10G Performance Test Kit
Contains: OptiView 10 Gig tablet (OPVXG-10G) plus Performance Test Remote (OPVXG-PTR)
OPVXG-EXPT/PTR 10G Performance Test Kit with Wireless Analysis
Contains: OptiView 10 Gig tablet with WLAN options (OPVXG-EXPT) plus Performance Test Remote (OPVXG-PTR)
OPVXG-PTR-KIT OptiView XG Performance Test and Troubleshooting Kit
Contains: Performance Test Remote (OPVXG-PTR) plus OneTouch AT 3000 test module (1T-3000-MOD)
Ordering Information – Gold Support
GLD-OPVXG-PTR 1 Year Gold Support, OptiView XG Performance Test Remote
GLD3-OPVXG-PTR 3 Years Gold Support, OptiView XG Performance Test Remote
GLD-OPVXG-PTR-MOD 1 Year Gold Support, OptiView XG Performance Test Remote Module
(Use this if purchasing the OPVXG-PTR-MOD for use on an existing Versiv platform)
GLD3-OPVXG-PTR-MOD 3 Years Gold Support, OptiView XG Performance Test Remote Module
(Use this if purchasing the OPVXG-PTR-MOD for use on an existing Versiv platform)
GLD-OPVXG-10G/PTR 1 Year Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test Kit
(Provides Gold Support coverage for both OPVXG-10G tablet and OPVXG-PTR remote.)
GLD3-OPVXG-10G/PTR 3 Years Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test Kit
(Provides Gold Support coverage for both OPVXG-10G tablet and OPVXG-PTR remote.)
GLD-OPVXGEXPT/PTR 1 Year Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test Kit with Wireless Analysis
(Provides Gold Support coverage for OPVXG-EXPT tablet, the included AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyzer and Spectrum XT Software, and for OPVXG-PTR remote.)
GLD3-OPVXGEXPT/PTR 3 Years Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test Kit with Wireless Analysis
(Provides Gold Support coverage for OPVXG-EXPT tablet, the included AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyzer and Spectrum XT Software, and for OPVXG-PTR remote.)
GLD-OPVXG-PTR-KIT 1 Year Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test and Troubleshooting Kit
(Provides Gold Support coverage for both OPVXG-PTR remote and 1T-AT3000 module.)
GLD3-OPVXG-PTR-KIT 3 Years Gold Support, OptiView XG 10G Performance Test and Troubleshooting Kit
(Provides Gold Support coverage for both OPVXG-PTR remote and 1T-AT3000 module.)
Ordering Information – OptiView XG Performance Test Peer Models with Bundled Gold Support (Available in USA only)
OPVXG-10G/PTR/GLD OPVXG-10G/PTR with 1 Year Gold Support included (USA ONLY)
OPVXG-10G/PTR/GLD3 OPVXG-10G/PTR with 3 Years Gold Support included (USA ONLY)
OPVXG-EXPTPTR/GLD OPVXG-EXPTPTR with 1 Year Gold Support included (USA ONLY)
OPVXG-EXPTPTR/GLD3 OPVXG-EXPTPTR with 3 Years Gold Support included (USA ONLY)
OPVXG-PTR-KIT/GLD OPVXG-PTR-KIT with 1 Year Gold Support included (USA ONLY)
OPVXG-PTR-KIT/GLD3 OPVXG-PTR-KIT with 3 Years Gold Support included (USA ONLY)

Fluke Networks’ Gold Support

Our support plans give you exclusive services and 24/7 technical assistance. Sign up for our Gold Support plan and you’ll enjoy outstanding privileges to protect and add value to your investment in Fluke Networks equipment. They include unlimited technical assistance seven days a week, 24 hours a day via phone or at our web support center. Repairs on covered items and “next day” dispatched loaner units for unin¬terrupted service. Free software upgrades. Scheduled annual performance verification service. Web based training. Access to our extensive Knowledge Base library of operation and application related technical articles. And Gold “Members Only” special prices and promotions. Some benefits are not available in all countries.

See www.flukenetworks.com/goldsupport for more information.

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