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May 6 2008   12:47PM GMT

Researching Network TAPs – an end to network blindness? (part 3)

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

I have now gotten back around to working on this activity. In case you have forgotten what I am working on, please review part 1 and part 2.

I have ordered the Datacom Singlestream SS102 Link Aggregation Tap. I placed the order last Friday. On Monday, my supplier said that it could take more than two weeks to receive this product. I was surprised by the lead time required for this device. I was first told that it could take 4 weeks for the product to ship. I am in more of a hurry than that and was about to change to a different higher-cost product to pressure the supplier to have a quicker delivery.  The conversation seemed to have worked.

My alternative choice was the Network Instruments nTap. However, it was almost a 50% premium over the Datacom solution. The link I need to monitor is not a high speed link so I really do not need the memory buffer that NI’s equipment offers. I was just willing to consider it if I could receive and implement the solution quicker.

I will let you know how the product works and any issues I encounter during implementation.

Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe networking!

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