Dynamic network intelligence starts with Network Taps

Problem: Blind spots and high costs of accessing network traffic

Organizations require dynamic network intelligence to provide security and ensure applications are running their best. But the larger a network grows, the harder it becomes to monitor. Blind spots can easily compromise your ability to ensure network quality. Traditional monitoring methods, such as port mirroring, can be costly and add layers of complexity. And some monitoring solutions negatively impact network availability. With networks growing faster than ever, now is the time for a high-performance, scalable monitoring solution.

Ixia Network Taps

Solution: 100% visibility with network taps

Ixia network taps, including patch tapsoptical fiber taps, copper taps, tap aggregators and regen taps, provides dynamic network intelligence to help you maintain optimal performance and security. Network taps, installed directly to the network, are plug-and-play, and do not require costly hands-on management. Regardless of interface or network location, Ixia high-performance taps support both copper and multimode and single-mode optical fiber at speeds of up to 400Gbps. The best part: Taps can provide permanent access to network traffic and allow total traffic visibility for network monitoring and security devices—without introducing costly bottlenecks or points of failure.

IT professionals buy Ixia Network Taps, due to:

  • Ixia having the largest range of tap types of any vendor - (Passive/Active, Speeds from 1Gbps to 400Gbps, Single mode and Multi mode, and connector/fiber types including Cisco BiDi). Ixia offer the highest density and most modular tap on the market - Flex Tap VHD with up to 36 taps in a 19 inch 1U space
  • Ixia holding many thousands of taps in stock and can quickly ship high volumes if required
  • Ixia's ability to supply globally through a network of global Channel Partners
  • Ixia having high quality products. Ixia undertakes thorough testing on taps in both the design and manufacturing processes, often using the same test equipment that Ixia is famous for
  • Ixia's singlemode Flex Taps are multi-speed, and tested from 1G to 400G with wavelengths between 1260-1340nm
  • Ixia's reputation for technical innovation - Ixia was the first to offer a modular tap - "Flex Tap" and continues to innovate through products such as the Flex Tap Secure+ which provides enhanced security for the most sensitive of applications, the Patch Tap which provides deployment flexibility for lower infrastructure capex, and the first Parallel Single Mode Flex Tap which supports 100G-PSM4 and is tested to support speeds up to 400G
  • Unlike some tap vendors, Ixia is a large and established company and provides a viable source of taps in the long term
  • Ability to use Flex Tap Secure+ which contains unique technology (patent pending) that prevents accidental injection of data into monitoring ports for very sensitive lawful intercept applications.

Ixia Network Taps - including Fiber Optical Taps, Copper Taps, Regenerator Taps and Aggregator Taps


iLink Aggregators are top of the range tap aggregators that can tap and aggregate traffic from up to 32 links and feed large numbers of tools. Some models contain inbuilt taps. They are a cost effective alternative to Network Packet Brokers if aggregation only (no filtering) functionality is required at speeds of 1Gbps and below.

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Network Tap Key Features
  • Provide 100% visibility to link traffic to security and network monitoring tools
  • Eliminate high costs and potential blind spots associated with adding SPAN ports
  • Save valuable rack real estate with high-density tap, aggregator, and regenerator solutions
  • Deliver fully passive functionality so monitoring infrastructure does not impact network availability
  • Realize very low acquisition cost with minimal cost of ownership