|Traffic generation and monitoring
Allows full-line-rate bidirectional end-to-end testing for complete network performance evaluation.
|Multistream background traffic
Used in conjunction with traffic generation, background traffic fully proves that the providers’ network can truly offer end-to-end quality of service (QoS).
||Allows for cable troubleshooting before committing to long-term testing phases, saving you time and money.
|Bit-error-rate testing (BERT)
Performs BERT up to layer 4; offers a wide range of standard and customizable patterns.
|Bidirectional RFC 2544
||Offers Dual Test Set configuration to perform end-to-end, bidirectional RFC 2544 performance testing such as throughput, back to back and frame loss; latency results are returned via a round trip method.
|VLAN with Q-in-Q
||Encapsulates up to two VLAN layers for all tests including the modification of VLAN ID, priority, type and drop eligibility.
||Finds multiple remote AXS-200/850 units and loops them up or down for loopback testing; offers the ability to discover and connect to any of EXFO’s datacom testing solutions.
||Loopbacks incoming test traffic up to layer 4.
|Optical power measurement
||Provides optical power readings during all testing phases.
|Interoperability with Packet Blazer and Power Blazer units
||Interoperates with EXFO’s Packet Blazer Ethernet and Power Blazer test module series—the FTB-8510, FTB-8510B, FTB-8510G, FTB-8120NGE, FTB-8130NGE, FTB-8525, FTB-8535, RTU-310 and RTU-310G.
|Service disruption time (SDT) measurement
||Measures the downtime of a network triggered by a non-traffic period that could be caused by measurement impairments or protection switching.
||Includes BERT, RFC 2544, traffic generation and monitoring, background streams, Smart Loopback, remote loopback, ping and traceroute.
||Allows users to track all current or historical events during test phases; events are color coded and embedded with a pass/fail analysis during and after testing.
Built for Metro Ethernet Networks
For decades, Ethernet has proven itself to be a flexible and scalable networking technology. Much less expensive than a SONET/SDH or DSn/PDH interface of the same bandwidth, Ethernet also supports high bandwidths with fine granularity, which is not available with traditional SONET/SDH connections. Another advantage of an Ethernet-based access network is that it can be easily connected to the customer network (corporate and residential).
- Performance assessment of Carrier Ethernet services
- Installation, activation and maintenance of metro Ethernet networks
- Deployment of active Ethernet (point-to-point) access services
Using EXFO’s AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set, field technicians can effectively install, qualify and troubleshoot metro Ethernet networks thanks to powerful test capabilities:
Traffic Generation and Monitoring Testing
Thanks to the AXS-200/850 traffic generation and monitoring tools, technicians can monitor the following key QoS statistics in real time: throughput, frame loss, sequencing, packet jitter and latency.
Bidirectional RFC 2544 Testing
The industry-standard RFC 2544 benchmarking methodology defines a series of tests—throughput, latency, back-to-back and frame loss—allowing service providers to perform proper circuit and service-level agreement (SLA) validation.
Signal integrity is generally expressed by the bit error rate (BER) value. When it comes to testing bit error rates, the AXS-200/850 has users covered, as it measures BER in various types of circuits and can effortlessly test end-to-end up to layer 4 networks.
The AXS-200/850 is ideally designed for performing quality of service (QoS) verification on metro Ethernet circuits. It offers VLAN priorities and specific settings (types of service, differentiated services), helping service providers ensure QoS expectations are met.
With the help of the Wiremap test, field technicians can check for continuity problems as well as for MDI and MDIX compatibility. Also, knowing the length, distance to fault, propagation delay and skew further ensures that the physical cabling is within the IEEE 802.3 standard specifications.
Radically Simple QoS Testing
The AXS-200/850 traffic generation and monitoring tools make it fast and simple to test packet jitter, real-time latency, throughput, sequencing and frame loss. Speedometer-like gauges with built-in user-definable pass/fail thresholds give you immediate and accurate results at a glance—no need to shuffle through pages of information to find out why a test is failing. Frame loss, out-of-sequence LED indicators notify you of any current or historical defects. Whether incremental or large changes to the bandwidth or frame size are required, on-the-fly traffic generation adjustments are provided for quick and instant results without having to stop testing and look for other pages to make these adjustments.
Regardless of the network under test, it is always necessary to verify that it can handle the allocated bandwidth and expected QoS. With this critical data and simplified results page you can quickly and easily determine whether the network under test conforms to their customers’ expectations.
Intelligent Network Discovery Mode
Using an AXS-200/850, you can access multiple EXFO datacom remote testers. One click lets you scan the network and choose from a list of all available EXFO datacom testers on the network. Simply select the unit to be tested with and choose whether you want traffic to be looped back via Smart Loopback or Dual Test Set for simultaneous bidirectional RFC 2544 results. No more need for an additional technician at the far end to relay critical information—the AXS-200/850 takes care of it all.
Rugged, Lightweight and Designed for Front-Line Technicians
EXFO’s AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set was designed according to the real-life challenges brought by Ethernet testing. Its user-friendly features shorten the learning curve for both expert and entry-level technicians and enable them to complete their test cycles quickly and efficiently.
Thanks to built-in pass/fail thresholds, the AXS-200/850 delivers clear-cut assessment of test results. What’s more, thresholds can be modified for testing rate-limited services.
Test results are presented according to three formats:
- Pass/fail results based on default or user-configured thresholds
- Sneak-peek results during tests
- Complete results down to their associated frame sizes
The Event logger functionality allows users to pinpoint exactly when and how their tests are failing. Key features include:
- Color coded events
- Broken pass/fail thresholds are presented with both the expected and duration of exceeded threshold values
- Pass/fail status is provided at the conclusion of the log
- Events displayed in full context such as Bit Error, Link Down, etc.
Quick Configuration Recall
With the AXS-200/850, the user no longer needs to search for previously entered MAC or IP addresses. The AXS-200/850 remembers the last three IP and MAC addresses, allowing for an instantaneous entry of address information.
The AXS-200/850 supplies users with a print report that contains complete test results, which can be viewed and saved internally or off the unit via a USB memory stick or network connection.
Platform LEDs offer crucial information for pass/fail results, laser on/off, errors or alarms, test running and link status.