Products

Observer nTAPs

High-Density Optical

The New Observer High-Density Optical nTAP

Tap into flexibility and scalability at speeds of up to 100 Gb.

Simple and Effective

Network TAPs make data access easy.

Install sturdy, reliable Observer nTAPs from Network Instruments on critical links for round-the-clock access to traffic without disrupting data flow or wasting time.

Network TAPs are passive devices; traffic keeps flowing even when power doesn't. With streamlined form factors and an array of configuration options, nTAPs are the smart choice for feeding network analyzers, monitoring tools, and security devices – all while decreasing the risk of dropped data.

Quick to deploy and economical to implement, network TAPs provide important devices the visibility they need.

See the specs around the new Observer High-Density Optical nTAP – It supports up to 24 ports in a single 1U system.

Need a Network Monitoring Switch? Learn more about the new Observer Matrix Switch that includes many advanced features in a compact, scalable design.

Which nTAP do I need?

Observer Infrastructure (OI)

Observer Aggregator nTAPs

Merge two data streams seamlessly into one.

Observer Aggregator nTAPs

Install Observer Aggregator nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. Designed for low-to-moderate utilization full-duplex links, Aggregator nTAPs merge data into single streams for transmission up to two single-receive analysis devices. Industry-leading buffer sizes offer less likelihood of lost packets than SPAN ports to ensure critical traffic reaches analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, and forensics tools. For networks and analyzers of different topologies, an Observer Conversion Aggregator nTAP is available.

nTAPs are passive, full-duplex devices, offering complete visibility to monitoring devices regardless of traffic level. They work with the leading management tools for quick and easy deployment. nTAPs are transparent for monitoring critical links, and provide continuous network data flow even if power fails. nTAPs are scalable, modularized, space efficient, and economical.

Should I use a TAP or SPAN?

Aggregator nTAPs


10/100/1000 Aggregator
Specs | Deployment


10/100/1000 Aggregator Conversion
Specs | Deployment


Optical to Copper
Specs | Deployment

Observer Infrastructure (OI)

Observer Copper nTAPs

Grab every bit of data.

Observer Copper nTAPs

Install Observer nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb copper links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. Depending on your network, choose 10/100 or 10/100/1000 copper nTAPs to send perfect copies of critical traffic to network analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, forensics tools, and similar dual-receive devices. For further flexibility an Observer Copper-to-Optical Conversion nTAP is available.

nTAPs are passive, full-duplex devices, offering complete visibility to monitoring devices regardless of traffic level. They work with the leading management tools for quick and easy deployment. nTAPs are transparent for monitoring critical links, and provide continuous network data flow even if power fails. nTAPs are scalable, modularized, space efficient, and economical.

Should I use a TAP or SPAN?

Copper nTAPs


10/100 Copper
Specs | Deployment


10/100/1000 Copper
Specs | Deployment


10/100/1000 Copper to Optical Conversion
Specs | Deployment

Observer Infrastructure (OI)

Observer Conversion nTAPs

Convert copper to optical with ease.

Observer Conversion nTAPs

Install Observer Conversion nTAPs on 10 Mb, 100 Mb, or 1 Gb links for quick, anytime access to network traffic. When analyzers and similar monitoring devices communicate over different topologies than the network, Optical-to-Copper or Copper-to-Optical nTAPs bridge the gap. Conversion nTAPs make copies of network data, sending one back to the network and the other out for analysis.

For single-receive devices, Observer Aggregator Conversion nTAPs merge full-duplex links into single streams for transmission to up to two single-receive analysis devices. Industry-leading buffer sizes offer less likelihood of lost packets than SPAN ports to ensure critical traffic reaches analyzers, remote monitoring appliances, and forensics tools.

nTAPs are passive, full-duplex devices, offering complete visibility to monitoring devices regardless of traffic level. They work with the leading management tools for quick and easy deployment. nTAPs are transparent for monitoring critical links, and provide continuous network data flow even if power fails. nTAPs are scalable, modularized, space efficient, and economical.

Should I use a TAP or SPAN?

Conversion nTAPs


10/100/1000 Copper to Optical Conversion
Specs | Deployment


10/100/1000 Aggregator
Specs | Deployment


Optical to Copper
Specs | Deployment


Optical to Copper Aggregator
Specs | Deployment

High-Density Optical

Observer Optical nTAPs

Yes to High Density. No to Compromises.

Observer Optical nTAPs

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.

High-Density Optical nTAP

Durable

Rugged aluminum chassis designed exclusively by Network Instruments. No off-the-shelf components.

Efficient

The space-saving design optimizes data center usage. Tap up to 24 fiber links inside a 1U rack.

Versatile

Mix and match speeds, fiber modes,
and split ratios needed for
your environment.

Module

Modular

Built to scale. Start with only the modules you need. Add or change modules as you see fit.

nTAPs are passive, full-duplex devices, offering complete visibility to monitoring devices regardless of traffic level. They work with the leading management tools for quick and easy deployment. nTAPs are transparent for monitoring critical links, and provide continuous network data flow even if power fails. nTAPs are scalable, modularized, space efficient, and economical.

Should I use a TAP or SPAN?

Optical nTAPs


High-Density Optical
Specs | Deployment


Optical 40 Gb
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One Channel
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Two Channel
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Three Channel
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Optical to Copper
Specs | Deployment


Optical to Copper Aggregator
Specs | Deployment