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Frontline Test Equipment - EtherTest

     
     
  • Product
    Highlights
  • Ethernet
    Dashboard
  • Ethernet
    Network View
  • Frame
    Display
  • Network
    Statistics
  • HCI Sniffing

Highlights

Ethertest is a general purpose Ethernet communications monitor and protocol analyzer for 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps Ethernet local area networks. Performs full 7 layer decodes on TCP/IP, SMB, NetBIOS, Novell NetWare, and more. Interfaces with the LAN through a PCs standard network Interface Card (NIC). In applications ranging from financial institutions to manufacturing facilities, network engineers will find Ethertest easy to work with but loaded with features. Note: The Ethernet Analyzer DOES NOT work on Windows 7.

High level views of your network activity can provide you a quick understanding of your network's performance and health.

    Ethernet Dashboard View

     

    Monitor the Traffic: Monitoring and Visibility of Key Network Parameters is the Secret to Understanding How Loaded and Stable Your Network is.

       
    Ethernet Network View

     

    Understand the Traffic: See Who's Talking to Who and Individual Node Statistics

       
    Frame Display View

     

    See the Details with Frame Analysis View data at varying levels of granularity, from the frame/message level to bit/byte level.

Ethertest is a passive and easy-to-use network monitor that helps network personnel understand what is occurring on their communications LANs. The Dashboard View, Network View and Frame Display are intuitive, easy to read, and quickly provide a wealth of information about the network. Although Ethertest is simple to work with, it does provide a level of sophisticated and detailed information demanded by today's network specialist.

Ethernet Decoders

    TCP, Ethernet, UDP, IPv4, IPv6, ARP, DNS, DHCP/BOOTP, HTTP, ICMP, IGMP, LLC 802.2, LLDP, IBM NetBIOS, NBDS, NBNS, NBSS, NCP, RARP, SMB, SMTP, Novell Netware (IPX, SPX, IPX NetBIOS, NPX ROP, IPX SAP, NCP), and ISO CLNP

 

Ethernet Dashboard View

This is the Ethernet Dashboard Display Window for TCP, Ethernet, UDP, IPv4, IPv6, ARP, DNS, DHCP/BOOTP, HTTP, ICMP, IGMP, LLC 802.2, LLDP, IBM NetBIOS, NBDS, NBNS, NBSS, NCP, RARP, SMB, SMTP, Novell Netware (IPX, SPX, IPX NetBIOS, NPX ROP, IPX SAP, NCP), and ISO CLNP. The Ethernet Dashboard includes: Top Talkers, 10 minute Histogram for Network Utilization, Histogram on Top Talkers, Alarms and protocol activities and more.

Ethertest's new Dashboard View enables you to see the dynamics of what is occurring on your Ethernet communications network. See an overview of the top talkers, protocol statistics, network utilization along with network alarms for the section of the network you are monitoring. Ethertest is a passive monitor and does not contribute to network loading.

Dashboard Activity View

EtherTest Dashboard View

  • Network Utilization Meter with Background Color Alert.
  • 10 Minute Histogram of Network Utilization.
  • Graphic Specific Activity can be Tied Back to Packet Decode Details.
  • Network Meter for Bad Packets with Background Color Alert.
  • Top Talker Meter with Background Color Alert.
  • Top Ten IP/MAC Addresses Contributing to Network Traffic.
  • 10 Minute Histogram of Top Ten IP/MAC Address Activity.
  • Distribution of TCP/or UDP Application Related Communications Protocols.
  • Network Alarms for Unauthorized IP Addresses.
  • Network Alarms for User Define Protocol Alarm Levels.
  • Email Notification Option for Alarms.
  • Display Options for 10MB, 100MB and 1GB Network Speed.

 

Ethernet Network View

Ethertest’s new Network View enables you to see statistics on specific nodes including communications traffic details and node information for active nodes on the monitored side of the switch.

Ethertest's Network View enables you to see the dynamics of what is occurring on your Ethernet communications network. See an overview of the node activity and who is talking for the section of the network you are monitoring. Ethertest is a passive monitor and does not contribute to network loading.

Network View

Ethernet Network View

  • Packets Transmitted and Received
  • Bytes Transmitted and Received
  • DNS Names
  • Nodes In and Out
  • Utilization Information
  • Broadcast Information
  • IP Address and MAC Address
  • Named MAC Address
  • NetBios Name
  • Assigned User Friendly Names for each Node

 

Frame Display View

Frame Display Window Frame Display Window - Frame Analysis
View data at varying levels of granularity, from frame/message level to bit/byte level. Includes summary information for messages sent and received. Decoding of message into text. Protocol errors are identified with red frame numbers. Message is shown in binary, octal, hex and ASCII. Display filters include pre-set filters, node information filters and user defined complex filters. Capture filter limits the amount of Ethernet data captured. Multiple Frame Display Windows can be opened for simultaneous views of different sections of the captured data.
Summary Pane - Frame Summary
View a one line high-level overview of each data frame/message. Select a protocol layer and the most significant fields are displayed in a concise form. Selecting a specific message frame causes text information to appear in the Frame Decode pane. To facilitate troubleshooting, all panes are adjustable in size and are synchronized. Selecting a message frame in the Summary pane automatically updates the other panes. Selecting an item in the Decode pane highlights the corresponding bits or bytes in the other panes. Protocol errors result in red frame numbers. Quick-filters create a new Summary display that only includes frames/messages that contain the protocol layer you have selected, making it easy to zoom in on your messaging/protocol problems. Frame Summary information can be exported into CSV format and loaded into a spreadsheet or other program to do intricate statistical analysis of protocol and network information.
Frame Summary Pane
Frame Decode Frame Decode
View a comprehensive layered decode of each frame/packet through the Decode Pane . Each field of a data frame is decoded layer-by-layer using a tree structure, with clear, concise descriptions. Selecting a field will automatically highlight the associated bytes in binary, hex, and ASCII. Selecting an item in the Decode pane will also highlight corresponding bits/bytes in other panes. Use the Summary pane to identify protocol or messaging problems and then drill-down using the Decode pane to solve the problem.
Multiple Frame Analysis
The Protocol Navigator Window displays multiple decoded packets/messages in one powerful, yet easy-to-use, decoder screen. It allows you to analyze multiple protocol layers within multiple data packets while utilizing it's quick and powerful filtering capabilities. Use the Protocol Navigator Window to find protocol problems and to drill-down in conjunction with the Frame Display Window (which is synchronized with the Protocol Navigator) to identify bit, byte, or timing problems.
Multi Frame Protocol Navigator
Frame Level Search

 Frame Display - Frame Level Search
Examine and search data as it is being captured (or after it has been saved), through use of the Find Function . Use the Find Function to quickly pinpoint problem areas in the captured data or to move to a specific frame. The frame level Find Function can 1) search the text of the decode for a specified string, 2) search for errors, and 3) limit the search to specific node. Data searches can also be performed at the byte level.

Frame Display - Has Easy to Use Capture and Display Filters to Enable You to View the Parameters You Need to See Fast

  • Tab Filters - Display only selected protocol.
  • Quick Display Filters - Preset Filters for displaying error messages, bookmarks, protocols and more.
  • Right Click Display Filters - Place cursor over the parameter you want to filter on and right click to setup the user defined filter for that parameter.
  • User Defined Display Filters - with User defined filter the user can design display filters for their specific requirements.
Tab
Quick Filters
User Filter
Right Click
Frame Display

Frame Display - Capture and Display Filters
Use a Capture Filter to capture only the specific IP or MAC address information that you are interested in. Sift through large volumes of captured data and focus only on the problem areas. FTS's unique "drill down" capability enables the user to apply new filters while preserving previous views of the data. Captured data can be filtered on either an "include filtered data" or "exclude filtered data" basis. Filter parameters include protocol and data pattern; advanced mode enables the user to set up complex filters.

Frame Display - Frame Export
Outputs frame level information in text. Provides output that is formatted and human readable, suitable for importing into a spreadsheet or database, or useable by other programs for post-processing.
Frame Export
Frame Print Function Frame Display - Print Function
The Print Function allows the user to select the specific Frame Display areas to print.

Network Statistics

The Statistics Display presents a statistical overview of the network.

  • Current, average, and peak network utilization metrics,
  • frames per second, and bytes per second are displayed in real time for an entire session, or the display may be reset at any time.
  • View statistics on frame size, errors (CRC, alignment, etc.), and data (frames, bytes, events, etc.) in table or graph (bar and pie) formats.
  • There are three views of the statistics, one for the entire session, one for the buffer, and one that can be reset at any time
 
Know what your Network Utilization is and when the peak occurred.
Check your Network Speed along with the average and peak traffic statistics.
 
   

 

 

Simultaneous Air and HCI Sniffing

We have learned through extensive experience supporting our customers that many problems are most effectively debugged live, using multiple points of observation.

Sniff HCI 6 Ways:

  • Externally By tapping the (1) serial or (2) USB* HCI interface between a host CPU and a host controller. *Requires optional USB ComProbe.
  • Internally By spying on the (3) serial or (4) USB HCI interface between a host CPU and a host controller.
  • Virtually (5) Via the Live Import API which enables any application to feed data into FTS4BT.
  • Off-Line (6) By loading BTSnoop log files that can be created when it isn't convenient to do live analysis.

 

Simultaneous sniffing of Air and HCI
Bluetooth Packet Error Rate analysis