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Copper Networks

For Network Speeds of 10/100M or 10/100/100M (1G)

CopperCopper 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 popular:

  • 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 moniroting tool that isn't the same media type as your live connection or vice versa?

Passive vs. Active Network TAPs

Passive TAPs will not cause the monitored devices to loose link between one another if power is lost. In a copper network, passive TAPs must always be powered. Active TAPs on the otherhand are physically linked to the monitored devices.  If power is lost, Garland's fail-safe circuitry ensures traffic between the two monitored devices continues to flow.  

Garland Technology continues to invest in R&D to support copper networks now and in the future.

Learn the Secrets to Tapping Copper Networks

Tapping copper networks is critical for ensuring that key performance management tools, security appliances and data collection systems see 100% of the traffic flowing in and out of the environment. All of the systems need full access to the source of network data to function properly.

  • Copper Networks: Past, Present and Future
  • Best Practices for Tapping Copper Networks
  • Matching Environmental Requirements

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Secrets to Tapping Copper Networks

TAP Modes

Breakout Mode
TAP "Breakout" Mode
Aggregation Mode
Aggregation Mode
Regeneration Mode
Regeneration/SPAN Mode
Bypass Mode
Bypass Mode

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