Agilent Debuts Powerful Solution for Packet Testing of Network Devices

4/30/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced two Ethernet cards, cost-optimized for packet generation and performance analysis, and a small-footprint, two-card RouterTester 900 chassis. Together, these products provide customers with a powerful, cost-effective solution for packet testing of network devices, including switches, routers and access equipment.

Both the 16-port 10/100 Ethernet card and the two-port Gigabit Ethernet card provide industry-first simultaneous measurement of packet performance on more than 32,000 individual packet streams per test port, at a per-port price that is among the lowest in the industry. This permits developers and users to determine upper performance limits of network equipment and accurately predict the number of customer services that devices can support.

System software used by both cards features an advanced protocol data unit (PDU) builder that allows users to quickly and easily create virtually any type of Layer 2 to Layer 7 test packet or frame and apply any type of network encapsulation to it, including L2oMPLS, L2TP, GRE, VLAN, Frame Relay and PPP encapsulations. A graphical user interface (GUI) speeds the creation of thousands of customized streams. Traffic loads can be changed dynamically during testing, allowing users to quickly measure how varying traffic configurations affect forwarding performance.

The high-density two-slot chassis has been designed for work environments where small size or portability is a priority, including crowded development labs and desktops, and field troubleshooting applications. It weighs only 5.1 kilograms (11.2 lbs) and occupies less than 0.6 square feet (540 square centimeters) of space, and includes a built-in handle. Two users can share access to a single chassis, with independent control of their own test ports. Cards can be hot-swapped between chassis, and multiple chassis can be daisy-chained together to provide a larger, synchronized packet testing system. An innovative design allows the unit to be used horizontally or vertically, saving even more space.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Both the Agilent E5215A 10/100 Ethernet Packet Card and the Agilent E5216A Gigabit Ethernet Packet card are available now. Per port pricing begins at $1,267. The Agilent E7912A Portable 2-Slot Chassis is also available now and is priced at $4,061. Further product and technical information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 35,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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