10 Gb network tap packet broker


10G packet broker

Modular Hybrid Packet Broker / TAP Solution up to 10G


Network Critical’s unique SmartNA-X modular hybrid TAP and Packet Broker enables clear visibility to tools that monitor network traffic and secure confidential information that is vital to the success of the organization.

Providing powerful and flexible traffic access solutions, the SmartNA-X™ delivers advanced features to increase tool efficiency and reporting accuracy for 1Gbps to 10Gbps networks.

Key Features


  • Powerful 1/10G modular TAP & Packet Broker; with custom access solutions for any network

  • Passive Fiber Optic, Fastfail™ Copper and Bypass Gigabit TAP modules

  • PacketPro™ advanced packet manipulation: Packet slicing, header stripping, payload masking

  • Primary access solution  for all packet capture, performance monitoring, lawful interception and forensic analysis applications

  • Manage network visibility and access centrally, remote or locally

  • Compatible with all major manufacturers’ monitoring tools, including protocol analyzers, probes, and IDS

  • No point of failure, zero latency and no batteries required

  • Maximise visibility and increase efficiency for connected monitoring and security tools

  • The painless solution to all compliance, including AAA, SOX, HIPAA and PCI-DSS

  • Total flexibility and ease of use

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SmartNA-X™ TAPs connect seven tools to a single link providing the foundation for government agency regulatory compliance 

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Modular Visibility up to 10G

The SmartNA-X™ Hybrid Network Packet Broker solution can perform a wide range of traffic access and management functions. With a fully-modular design and high performance, the SmartNA-X™ can be configured to deliver access and visibility into a broad spectrum of monitoring and security operations across enterprise and service provider infrastructures.

Intelligent Packet Processing

The SmartNA-X™ chassis offers four 1G/10G modular slots to integrate a wide variety of TAP/Processor modules that safely connect tools while protecting network reliability and availability. The full range of hot-swappable TAP modules offer user-definable port options including fail-safe Copper, Bypass, Single-Mode Fiber (SMF), Multi-Mode Fiber (MMF), SFP and Advanced Packet Processors which allow businesses to meet their rapidly evolving network monitoring demands.


This ethernet TAP's powerful chassis backplane allows copied traffic to be shared and filtered between the TAP modules without any throughput limitations. SmartNA-X™ is managed by Network Critical’s Drag-n-Vu™ Web Graphical User Interface, making deployment and change management simple and accurate. Advanced features such as aggregation, filtering and load-balancing are also made available through the GUI. 

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SmartNA-X™ TAP Modules

network packet broker module

(2) 1GbE SFP,
(2) 10GbE SFP+

packet broker 10g module

(2) LX or SX Optical,
(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet

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(2) LX or SX Optical,
(2) 1GbE SFP

Ethernet tap modules

(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet,
(2) 1GbE SFP

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(4) 10/100/1000 Ethernet

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(4) 1GbE, (2) 10GbE Packet Processing Engines

Network Critical Drag-n-Vu GUI

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


Network Critical TAPs
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.”


Director, IT Services

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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-X 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.”


Data Management Systems Analyst


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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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