Network TAPs for traffic speeds of 10/100/100M (1G)
Copper Networks came into being with the invention of the telephone over 100 years ago. Copper wires were (and still are) perfectly fine for transmitting voice signals. And while copper cabling does have its limitations regarding network speed, bandwidth and distance, for many industries, Copper is still the backbone of the network. Copper is still king in part because of the accuracy and reliability in industrial and manufacturing environments where the environment must be considered. Copper cabling is still prevalent for Industrial Ethernet deployments, with over 77% market share.
While fiber is certainly rising in popularity, copper networks and thus copper Network TAPs are still very important:• More affordable. Adding a copper network TAP is the obvious answer in a network already containing copper cabling. Changing a system from copper to fiber is a very expensive and time consuming endeavor.
• Suitable for factory settings. Cat6 cables are very effective at reducing errors and signal-to-noise ratios that can jeopardize critical infrastructure.
• Effective for lower speed data centers. The 100M limitation of copper cables is more than enough to run in data center environments.
• Media Conversion. What happens when you have a monitoring tool that isn't the same media type as your live connection or vice versa?
Passive vs. Active Network TAPs
Active TAPs support additional functionality like aggregation and regeneration as well as advanced functions like filtering and bypass. Active TAPs include failsafe technology to protect against device or power failure. Passive TAPs support out-of-band “listen-only” monitoring tools, and are simple, reliable and require no power. Passive TAPs are typically 1G to 100G fiber or 100M copper.
Garland Technology continues to invest in R&D to support copper networks now and in the future.
Copper Network Solutions
Copper TAPs solve many issues. Let's explore copper network TAP use cases to see why:
Creating a foundation of visibility is key for network management. Once deployed, network TAPs allow you to access that point in your network at any time. Many organizations have adopted the stance of tapping all critical links for easy access during troubleshooting or inevitable security breaches.
Copper Network Resources
EMA Security Visibility Technology
This whitepaper by EMA (Enterprise Management Associates) explores best practices on how enterprises use network visibility technologies for both inline and out-of-band security use cases to support security solutions
Secrets To Tapping Copper Networks
This whitepaper with review why tapping copper networks is critical for ensuring that key performance management, security and data collection tools see 100% of the traffic flowing in and out of the environment.
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