G-TAP M Series

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High-Density Passive Fiber Optical Network TAPs

The G-TAP® M Series is a modular family of medium and high-density passive fiber-optical network TAPs. Passive fiber TAP technology requires no power source, no software and no special patch cords. By splitting the light optically, full-duplex fiber-optic links can be monitored without impacting network traffic. The G-TAP M Series fiber TAP has solutions for 1Gb, 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 100Gb and 400Gb networks, including 40Gb and 100Gb BiDi, unidirectional and 4x10Gb/25Gb/100Gb breakout.
 

Understanding Network TAPs

A network TAP (test access point) is a monitoring device that mirrors the traffic that is passing between network nodes. A TAP is a hardware device inserted at a specific point in the network to monitor specific data. As an essential part of the Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric™, network TAPs acquire traffic to provide the visibility required to secure, monitor and manage your enterprise's network infrastructure continuously and efficiently.

How Taps Work

A TAP monitors one network connection and generally comes with four ports: network A port, network B port, monitor A port and monitor B port. TAPs allow network traffic to flow through the device’s network A and B ports uninterrupted, while simultaneously copying the same data to the monitor A and B ports. The monitor ports can feed tools such as VoIP recording devices, network intrusion detection and prevention systems, network analytics, protocol analyzers, packet sniffers and traffic aggregation/packet broker systems.

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