Passive Fiber Network TAPs

For High-Performance Monitoring Solutions

No Power. No Management. Just Visibility.

Passive TAPs provide the ultimate visibility into network activity by accurately duplicating all traffic at 100% bandwidth while remaining invisible to all other network components. Passive TAPs require no management or power, and cause no latency to the live network.

4D Visibility: The four dimensions of a comprehensive visibility strategy.

Passive Fiber Optical UHD TAPs

Ultra High Density Fiber TAPs for 1G/10G/40G/100G

Passive Optical UHD TAPs pass all full-duplex traffic, including errors, to your monitoring network for un-beatable visibility, ensuring a full and complete copy of the traffic for network monitoring and security devices with no impact to the monitored systems.

  • 100% passive operation is completely transparent to the network

  • Passes all full-duplex traffic, including errors

  • All-optical network path optimised for 1/10G MM or 1/10/40/100G SM (LC TAPs) and 40G/100G (MPO TAPs) fiber links, introduces zero latency

  • Always On; Requires no power, introduces no point of failure

  • Full range of split ratios & fiber types (SM/MM) 

  • US Conec MTP® Elite connectors, premium grade fiber and precision Fused Bioconical Taper (FBT) & Thin Film Filter (TFF) splicing for lowest insertion loss

  • IP/MAC address not required, ensuring 100% security for monitoring tools

  • Modular design and front mounted colour-coded network connectors
    enables fast installation and plug-n- play configuration changes

  • Efficient rack usage; 1U chassis frame can hold up to 24 TAPs in 8 modules.

Passive Fiber Optical LC TAP

High Density Fiber TAPs for 1G/10G/40G/100G

Passive Optical LC TAPs pass all full-duplex traffic, including errors, to your monitoring network for un-beatable visibility, ensuring a full and complete copy of the traffic for network monitoring and security devices with no impact to the monitored systems.

  • 100% passive operation - completely transparent to the network

  • All-optical network path optimized for 1/10G MM or 1/10/40/100G SM, introduces zero latency

  • Always On; Requires no power, introduces no point of failure

  • Efficient rack usage; 16 fiber TAPs in 1U frame reduces data center real estate

  • Unmanaged device means no initial configuration time or on-going maintenance costs

Passive Fiber Optical MPO TAP

High Density Fiber TAPs for 40G/100G

Passive Optical LC TAPs pass all full-duplex traffic, including errors, to your monitoring network for un-beatable visibility, ensuring a full and complete copy of the traffic for network monitoring and security devices with no impact to the monitored systems.

  • 100% passive operation is completely transparent to the network

  • All-optical network path optimized for 40G/100G fiber links, introduces zero latency

  • Always On; Requires no power, introduces no point of failure

  • Efficient rack usage; 16 fiber TAPs in 1U frame reduces data center real estate

  • Unmanaged device means no initial configuration time or on-going maintenance costs

Passive Fiber Optical BIDI TAP

High Density Fiber TAPs for Cisco 40G/100G Bidirectional

The Cisco 40G/100G BiDi solutions are fast becoming a standard migration path from legacy to next-generation high speed networks. Monitoring the traffic in these links requires a special kind of optical tap that can provide the isolated wavelengths to the monitoring transceivers. Network Critical meets this challenge with our fully passive, low loss bidirectional optical tap device, specially designed to work seamlessly with the Cisco 40G/100G BiDi solutions.

  • 100% passive operation - completely transparent to the network

  • All-optical network path designed for 40G/100G BiDi, introduces zero latency

  • Always On; Requires no power, introduces no point of failure

  • Efficient rack usage; 8 fiber TAPs in 1U frame reduces data center real estate

  • Unmanaged device means no initial configuration time or on-going maintenance costs

SmartNA™ Modular TAP System

10/100/1000 (1GB) Modular TAP & Packet Broker Solution

The SmartNA™ is a high-density Hybrid TAP / Packet Broker solution that Provides a low power, small footprint way to gain access to network traffic, combining fail-safe technology and a fully configurable, modular design.

  • 100% passive operation - completely transparent to the network

  • All-optical network path optimized for 1/10G MM or 1/10/40/100G SM, introduces zero latency

  • Always On; Requires no power, introduces no point of failure

  • Efficient rack usage; 16 fiber TAPs in 1U frame reduces data center real estate

  • Unmanaged device means no initial configuration time or on-going maintenance costs

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