TestPad Gigabit Ethernet Services Module is the
telecommunications solution for testing and verifying
Fibre Channel network elements and services. The FST-2802
mized for field use because it is portable and easy-to-use. As a
member of the Acterna
TestPad 2000 family of products, the FST-2802
:has an easy-to-use touch screen user Interface
setup and reduces test configuration time. The “smart
is easy to learn, and the large display
space for viewing test results.
The following items ship with the(FST-2802
application module—The application module connects
to the UIM, allowing you to test 1G Ethernet links. Options are
available which enable you to test 10BaseT/100BaseT Ethernet,
1G Fibre Channel, and 2G Fibre Channel links. You can also
purchase the optional dual port configuration to generate and
analyze Ethernet or Fibre Channel traffic from two ports
Y cable—The Y cable connects to the USB/Serial port, enabling
you to connect USB and serial devices to the FST-2802
User documentation—The FST-2802
ships with a User’s Guide
and a comprehensive help system.
Before testing, the FST-2802
must be connected to a FST-2000
module (UIM), which can be ordered separately
2000-V6). The UIM ships with a VGA display, a battery, and an AC
adapter, which you use to supply power to the TestPad.
is a significant enhancement over previous
The primary changes are as follows:
– BER testing—You can now use the FST-2802
to verify circuit
performance by sending BER patterns over switched (layer 2) and
unswitched (layer 1) networks.
––––––1G and 2G Fibre Channel testing—1G and 2G Fibre Channel
options are now available for the FST-2802
which enable you to
test and verify Fibre Channel network elements and services by
testing connectivity, measuring service disruption time and
trip delay, and transmitting patterns to stress the jitter
characteristics of Fibre Channel network elements and systems.
Dual port configuration—An optional dual port configuration
available which allows you to generate and analyze Ethernet or
Fibre Channel traffic from two ports simultaneously.
THRU mode for 10/100 Ethernet testing—If you purchase the
optional dual port configuration and the 10/100 option, you can
now monitor 10/100 traffic in THRU mode.
Optional single-mode and multi-mode GigE and Fibre Channel
GBICs—You can now test Fibre Channel (and GigE Ethernet) on
an optical link using a single-mode or multi-mode GigE and Fibre
Optional copper GigE GBIC—You can now test 1G Ethernet on a
copper link using a copper GBIC.
Optional single-mode long-haul GBIC—You can now test 1G
Ethernet over very long distances using a long-haul GBIC.
Features and capabilities
provides you with the tools you need to provision
Ethernet or Fibre Channel service, verify end-to-end
analyze link performance by simulating different traffic
Features and capabilities of the FST-2802
include the following:
– Traffic generation—Using the FST-2802
you can generate frames
and configure traffic parameters such as bandwidth utilization,
frame length, and frame rate. You can simulate different network
traffic conditions and analyze the performance of a link by
uring traffic loads for constant, bursty, and ramped traffic.
– Filtered traffic—Using the FST-2802
you can Filter
by defining a profile which specifies the frame
the traffic you want to monitor.
–––––––Link status—Using the easy-to-interpret LEDs on the
you can obtain a quick summary of the state of the link you are
analyzing. The LEDs indicate the status of the link or a
traffic stream, allowing you to quickly verify circuit
integrity or iden-
tify the source of a problem.
Verify end-to-end connectivity—Using the FST-2802
ensure physical layer integrity and verify end-to-end
of a circuit.
Link utilization and throughput verification—Using the FST-2802
you can generate traffic at a specific bandwidth to verify
free throughput of a link. The FST-2802
allows you to loopback
frames at the far end to qualify the link in both directions.
Identify problems with faulty interfaces—Using the FST-2802
can perform basic troubleshooting of links and verify the
of network elements to support reliable communications by trans-
mitting standard frames over a circuit.
Round trip delay measurement—Using the FST-2802
verify that a link complies with round trip delay
specified in a customer’s service level agreement. You can also
ensure frame loss and frame error statistics fall within the
specified as acceptable.
Service disruption time measurement—Using the FST-2802
can measure the amount of time it takes to switch service to a
Pattern transmission—Using the FST-2802
you can stress the
jitter and noise characteristics of Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre
Channel components and systems on physical layer
networkstransmitting continuous random test patterns
jitter test patterns (CJPAT), and the compliant supply noise
In addition to the standard features, the following features
able when performing Ethernet tests using the(FST-2802
– Auto-negotiation—You can configure auto-negotiation before
establishing the link, which ensures compatibility between the
and any installed Ethernet Interface
––––––Frame verification—You can verify that the size and
Ethernet frames conforms to IEEE 802.3 or DIX (Digital/Intel/
Xerox) requirements, ensuring the capability of network elements
to support reliable communications.
Jumbo frames—You can optionally transmit jumbo frames which
exceed the IEEE 802.3 maximum length of 1518 bytes.
Loopback frame generation—You can generate loopback frames
to loop up a second FST-2802
at the far end. This feature allows
you to leave one FST-2802
at a central location to measure bi-
IP Ping testing—You can send ping requests and respond to ping
messages from another Ethernet device to verify connectivity.
RFC 2544 script—You can run a script which automates the test
procedures recommended in RFC 2544. The script prompts you to
select key parameters for each of the tests, runs the tests, and
then automatically generates a text file of results for the
User-assigned source MAC address—You can optionally change
the default MAC address assigned to each port of the FST-2802
when you configure tests.
In addition to the standard features, the following features
able when performing Fibre Channel tests using the(FST-2802
––Frame verification—You can verify that the size and format of
Fibre Channel frames conforms to ANSI X3T11 requirements,
ensuring the capability of network elements to support reliable
Loopback testing—You can generate loopback frames to loop up
a second FST-2802
at the far end. This feature allows you to
at a central location to measure bi-directional
uses the Acterna
FST-2000 TestPad Version 6 User
Module (UIM), which runs under the Windows XP
system. The FST-2000 provides a variety of connectivity
make installation and troubleshooting more efficient.
are also available which allow you to establish
connections to the TestPad, use the TestPad to access a
browser, or emulate a VT-100 terminal. Standard features of
––––––––Print capability—You can print test configurations
and test results
using the FST-2802
, You can generate a print file at timed
vals or whenever a test ends. You can also manually print test
configurations, test results, and histograms at any time,
can encrypt print file data to ensure the integrity of the
mitted to your supervisor or Technical Support department.
Email test configurations and test results—If you purchase the
Networking option, you can email test configurations and test
results to your supervisor directly from the FST-2802
View Portable Document Format (PDF) files—You can launch and
view PDFs on the FST-2802
Command line remote control—You can configure the FST-2802
and perform tests from a remote PC or laptop by issuing remote
Remote GUI—If you purchase the Networking option, you can use
the Remote GUI to run the TestPad GUI from any remote device
with a Web browser, such as a PC or laptop. When viewing the
GUI from a remote device, you can configure and perform tests,
view test results, and do anything you could do using the FST-
VNC Viewer—You can launch the Virtual Network Computing
(VNC) viewer to run remote applications from the FST-2802
FTP—If you purchase the Networking option, you can use
FTPtransfer files to and from the FST-2802
Help—You can display FST-2802
Help which includes
detailed instructions for configuring and performing tests,
hensive result descriptions, and a glossary of terms.