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100G packet broker


100G Network tap

Powerful packet manipulation up to 100Gb

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The SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ Network Packet Broker bridges the gap between today's ultra high speed networks and existing management, monitoring and security tools.

Key Features


  • High density, high performance and scalable. Network and server ready base unit 48 x 1/10G ports + 6 x 40/100G ports (can be upgraded)

  • Traffic Tunnelling for remote data monitoring

  • Packet Slicing for faster data analysis and increased tool processing

  • Precision Time Stamping functionality for performance analysis and real time monitoring

  • Flow mapping

  • Aggregate, Filter and Load Balance core network traffic across existing and future tool portfolio

  • Scalable to 194 ports of 1/10/25/40
    and 100G. Saving rack space and all speeds protect against obsolescence


  • Performance to accommodate powerful network speeds

  • Single pane-of-management portal for the entire system

  • Pinpoint tool optimization

  • Future-proofing the visibility solutions

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Darktrace boosts automated threat detection with Network Critical SmartNA-PortPlus API integration

Modern Networks Require Scale-Out Visibility

Unlike complex competitive architectures, PortPlus introduces simple scale-out system expansion, configuration and control so your visibility layer can cost-effectively evolve right along with the network. Add ports, change speeds or capabilities, and manage everything as though it were just a single system. 

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1G/10G/25G/40G/100G Hybrid Network Packet Broker

The SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ provides a scalable range from 48 ports up to 192 ports of 1/10/25/40 and 100Gbps visibility enabling users to interconnect different network protection and monitoring tools quickly and easily. Packaged in a compact single RU chassis the PortPlus-PRO™ offers immediate value for today and an efficient path to the inevitable adds and changes for tomorrow. Beyond server ready high speed connectivity for security and monitoring tools, the PortPlus-PRO™ is also a feature rich traffic manager.


The PortPlus-PRO hosts advanced features such as packet slicing, time stamping and tunnelling on top of all the features and functionalities of the PortPlus-TA. Powered by Network Critical’s unique Drag-n-Vu™ software, it delivers an intelligent and intuitive graphical user interface that enables fast, error-free configuration and management. PortPlus-PRO is the fastest processing, highest density, most flexible combination of port speeds and simplest management, making Network Critical’s SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ the best choice for complete network visibility.

Packet Slicing

Time Stamping


Packet slicing improves efficiency and reduces tool overhead. Instead of capturing entire packets, only the initial portion of each packet is captured.

  • Reduced Storage Requirements

  • Improved Performance 

  • Faster Analysis 

  • Focus on Relevant Data

  • Compliance and Privacy

Assign precise time references to network events like packet transmissions and receptions.

  • Performance Analysis 

  • Troubleshooting

  • Forensic Analysis 

  • Capacity Planning

  • Real-time Monitoring

Use Tunnelling to encapsulate packets within another network protocol, allowing data to be sent to remote locations for monitoring and analysis.

  • Protocol Translation

  • IPv6 Transition

  • Remote Monitoring

The SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ Packet Broker

The SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ is a high-powered Network Packet Broker solution that delivers complete network access for your security and performance appliances. Totally scalable, SmartNA-PortPlus-PRO™ can grow with your network, future-proofing your existing tool investments.

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A single-pane-of-glass network management system at your fingertips


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BP Network Tools

“In addition to monitoring control systems, we have security tools that understand our traffic patterns and look for anomalies that might signal malware or viruses attempting to embed in our systems. Unauthorized manipulation of our monitoring systems can have serious safety and production consequences. Network Critical TAP’s help us manage security without impacting network traffic.”


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Vodafone network tools

“Continuous monitoring is absolutely critical to maintaining a high-quality network and staying in compliance with European data regulations. Network Critical SmartNA-XL allows us to see and manage traffic without impacting live traffic.”


OSS Tools Manager

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The Stars Group network tools

“We were struggling with bad data sent to our tools disrupting our planning models and causing concerns with our security tools. The Network Critical solution solved both our monitoring and protection concerns without impacting production traffic.”


Sr. Manager, Network Planning

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Government Agency Network Tools

“We base our deployment on NIST best practices. Using specialized tools to secure our infrastructure and maintain information privacy, our network remains in line with accepted standards. The Network Critical platform allows us to connect all the right tools while maintaining the highest level of reliability.”


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Compare The Products

Compare the entire Network TAP, Hybrid TAP and Packet Broker Range

Technology Partnerships

Cisco is a global leader in telecommunications, security, network infrastructure and IT applications. As an official Cisco Solution Partner, Network Critical helps provide visibility and access for Cisco security and performance monitoring solutions.

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