Tool ports are where you connect monitoring tools. Tool ports can only transmit and are not capable of receiving traffic.
Example: Connect an intrusion detection system on one tool port, a forensic data recorder on another, and a traditional protocol analyzer on a third. Tool ports are where you send the data arriving from network ports.
Traffic Visibility Networking Capabilities
Deploy any tool to any link at anytime without affecting the production network.
Multicast traffic to support multiple tools with competing monitoring demands.
Aggregate traffic from multiple access points to create a "big pipe" or "end-to-end" view.
Customize and map traffic flow to multiple tools and reduce traffic load on all tools.