The MD1230B is the industry's first portable Ethernet/IP network data analyzer with the dual functionality of wire speed performance analysis and network monitoring integrated in the same instrument. The built-in LCD display with intuitive Windows XP-based GUI and modular architecture makes the MD1230B a versatile and an easy-to-use solution for all network testing environments -- ranging from R&D and manufacturing, to installation and maintenance.
The MD1230B mainframe has five slots in which any of the various interface modules described in "Features" above can be field-installed. Multiple MD1230B units can be synchronously daisy-chained to increase the port density. Windows-based GUI software is available to allow multiple simultaneous users to remotely control the MD1230B units from an external PC via a 10/100 Mb Ethernet IP connection, using exactly the same GUI that appears on the MD1230B screen.
The MD1230B offers numerous performance analysis features for Engineering, Conformance, Functional, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance testing of routers, switches, and other network devices during R&D and manufacturing as well as interoperability testing and comparative analysis during lab evaluation. A very sophisticated, yet simple-to-use, stream editor enables the user to construct complex data flows that can be transmitted at full 10 Gbps wire speed. It supports two types of QoS settings for verification of QoS mechanisms. In addition, automatic benchmarking test suites for network performance analysis defined by IETF in RFC2544 and RFC2889 are fully integrated, enabling simple and efficient testing with the press of a single button.
The MD1230B network monitor has an in-service (through mode) capture function with uniquely large per-port buffers. This powerful capability is very useful for troubleshooting network faults. Captured frames can be searched based on specific conditions and desired frames can be selected and displayed. Multiple protocols can be decoded and displayed for captured frames at full wire speed up to 10 Gbps, augmented by the optional Decode Module and Expert Analysis Modules powered by Sniffer Technologies.