Observer TAPs - Optical

With several options available, you can scale up to 24 modules in one unit of rack with the High-Density Optical TAP (HDOT).

Install Observer nTAPs on 1, 10, or 40 Gb single or multi-mode optical links. Or select our newest offering, the Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) to mix and match these network speeds or 100 Gb in any combination across 24 modules in a 1U rack.

Use optical nTAPs to send identical copies of critical traffic to network analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar devices capable of supporting dual, non-aggregated data streams. For further flexibility, Observer Copper-to-Optical and Optical-to-Copper Conversion nTAPs are available.

Which nTAP do I need?

Tap vs Span

High-Density Optical nTAP

High-Density Optical nTAP

Deployment

Install the Observer High-Density Optical nTAP (HDOT) 1U rack in your data center. Then insert a module (options include Gb, 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb) into the enclosure between two devices of interest on a full-duplex optical link (each HDOT supports up to 24 modules). Next, attach an optical monitoring device to the module. To successfully analyze the full-duplex link, the monitoring device must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


Optical 40 Gb nTAP

Optical 40 Gb nTAP

Deployment

Place a One-Channel 40 Gb Optical nTAP between two devices of interest on a full-duplex optical link. Then attach an optical monitoring device to the nTAP. To successfully analyze the full-duplex link, the monitoring device must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


One-Channel Optical nTAP

One-Channel Optical nTAP

Deployment

Place a One-Channel Optical nTAP between two devices of interest on a full-duplex optical link. Then attach an optical monitoring device to the nTAP. To successfully analyze the full-duplex link, the monitoring device must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


Two-Channel Optical nTAP

Two-Channel Optical nTAP

Deployment

Use the Two-Channel Optical nTAP to connect up to two full-duplex optical links. Then attach optical monitoring devices to the nTAP. To successfully analyze the full-duplex link, the monitoring devices must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


Three-Channel Optical nTAP

Three-Channel Optical nTAP

Deployment

Use the Three-Channel Optical nTAP to connect up to three full-duplex optical links. Then attach optical monitoring devices to the nTAP. To successfully analyze the full-duplex link, the monitoring devices must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


Optical to Copper nTAP

Optical to Copper nTAP

Deployment

Place an Optical to Copper nTAP between two devices of interest on a 1Gbps full-duplex optical link. Then attach a 1Gb copper monitoring device to the nTAP. To successfuly analyze the full-duplex output from the TAP, the monitoring device must be equipped with a dual-receive capture card.


Optical to Copper Aggregator nTAP

Optical to Copper Aggregator nTAP

Deployment

Use the Optical to Aggregator nTAP to connect to a 1Gb fiber full-duplex network. Then connect up to 2 copper monitoring devices to the nTAP. The monitoring devices can be equipped with standard NIC cards because the TAP will aggregate the full-duplex network.

Technical Specs

High-Density Optical nTAP

Dimensions
 RackModule
Height1.73 in /  4.4 cm1.57 in / 4 cm
Width19 in / 48.3 cm0.66 in / 1.7 cm
Depth8.36 in / 21.2 cm9.95 in / 25.3 cm
Weight3.5 lbs / 1.59 kg0.45 lbs / 0.2 kg
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type Single-modeMultimode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter9 μm50 μm or 62.5 μm
Wavelength Range1310 nm or 1550 nm850 nm or 1300 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

Optical 40 Gb nTAP

Dimensions
Height (box)1.1 in / 2.79 cm
Width (box)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Width (faceplate)5.85 in. / 14.6 cm
Depth (faceplate back)7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Single-mode (9 μm) Multimode (50 μm)
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split Ratio Single-mode 9 μm (1310 nm)Multimode 50 μm (850 nm)
50/503.6/3.6 dB5.5/5.5 dB
60/402.8/4.8 
70/302.0/6.1 
Supported Media
Fiber type Single-modeMultimode
ConnectorLCMPO
Fiber Diameter9 μm50 μm
Wavelength Range1310 nm850 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

One-Channel Optical nTAP

Dimensions
Height (box)1.1 in / 2.79 cm
Width (box)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Width (faceplate)5.85 in. / 14.6 cm
Depth (faceplate back)7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type MultimodeSingle-mode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter(s)50 μm or 62.5 μm9 μm
Wavelength Ranges (dual window)850 nm or 1300 nm1310 nm or 1550 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

Two-Channel Optical nTAP

Dimensions
Height (box)1.1 in / 2.79 cm
Width (box)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Width (faceplate)5.85 in. / 14.6 cm
Depth (faceplate back)7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type MultimodeSingle-mode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter(s)50 μm or 62.5 μm9 μm
Wavelength Ranges (dual window)850 nm or 1300 nm1310 nm or 1550 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

Three-Channel Optical nTAP

Dimensions
Height (box)1.1 in / 2.79 cm
Width (box)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Width (faceplate)5.85 in. / 14.6 cm
Depth (faceplate back)7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type MultimodeSingle-mode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter(s)50 μm or 62.5 μm9 μm
Wavelength Ranges (dual window)850 nm or 1300 nm1310 nm or 1550 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

Optical to Copper nTAP

Dimensions
Depth 7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Width (faceplate front)5.85 in / 14.86 cm
Width (back)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)

Optical

Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type MultimodeSingle-mode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter(s)50 μm or 62.5 μm9 μm
Wavelength Ranges (dual window)850 nm or 1300 nm1310 nm or 1550 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)

Copper

Supported Media
InterfaceMedia
Link A/Link B (Link under test)RJ45
Copper Analyzer InterfaceRJ45
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range Storage Range
Temperature range32° to 120°F / 0° to 55 °C 32° - 167°F / 0° - 75°C
Humidity35-85% (non-condensating)
Power Requirements
SpecificationMeasurement/Value
AC Input90 V to 264 V, 47 Hz to 63 Hz
Operational Voltage5 V (+10% to -5%, < 100 mV ripple)
Operational CurrentTypical: <= 1.8 amps Max: <= 2.8 amps
Power DissipationTypical: 8 W Max: 14 W
Regulatory Compliance
SpecificationCertification
EmissionsFCC Part 15 Class B
CE MarkEN61000-3-2, EN55024, EN55022A

Optical to Copper Aggregator nTAP

Dimensions
Depth 7.66 in / 19.46 cm
Width (faceplate front)5.85 in / 14.86 cm
Width (back)4.55 in / 11.56 cm
Height (faceplate)1.10 in / 2.79 cm
Options
Multimode (62.5 μm)Multimode (50 μm)Single-mode (9 μm)
Optical Specs
Maximum Insertion Losses (dB)
Split RatioMultimode 62.5 μmMultimode 50 μmSingle-mode 9 μm
 (1300 nm)(850 nm)(1300 nm)(850 nm)(1310/1550 nm)
50/503.9/3.9 dB4.7/4.7 dB4.5/4.5 dB5.5/5.5 dB3.6/3.6 dB
60/403.0/5.03.8/5.73.7/5.64.7/6.62.8/4.8
70/302.3/6.33.0/7.02.9/7.03.9/8.02.0/6.1
Supported Media
Fiber type MultimodeSingle-mode
ConnectorLCLC
Fiber Diameter(s)50 μm or 62.5 μm9 μm
Wavelength Ranges (dual window)850 nm or 1300 nm1310 nm or 1550 nm
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range
Temperature Range (operating)-40° to 185° (F) / -40° to 85° (C)
Temperature Range (storage)-52° to 185° (F) / -47° to 85° (C)
Copper Specs
Supported Media
InterfaceMedia
Link A/Link B (Link under test)RJ45
Copper Analyzer InterfaceRJ45
Environmental Requirements
SpecificationOperational Range Storage Range
Temperature range32° to 120°F / 0° to 55 °C 32° - 167°F / 0° - 75°C
Humidity35-85% (non-condensating)
Power Requirements
SpecificationMeasurement/Value
AC Input90 V to 264 V, 47 Hz to 63 Hz
Operational Voltage5 V (+10% to -5%, < 100 mV ripple)
Operational CurrentTypical: <= 1.8 amps Max: <= 2.8 amps
Power DissipationTypical: 8 W Max: 14 W
Regulatory Compliance
SpecificationCertification
EmissionsFCC Part 15 Class B
CE MarkEN61000-3-2, EN55024, EN55022A

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