The Network Master Pro MT1040A is a portable tester for 400G Ethernet networks utilized in hyper and Colocation data centers. However, 400G Ethernet Core and Metro networks are evolving to meet the demands of mobile edge and cloud computing deployments as 5G and IoT applications become more widespread.
The MT1040A eases the burden of 400G Ethernet testing for all these applications.
With a large, 9-inch touch-panel screen in a small, portable case, the MT1040A is ideal for on-site measurements. Direct plug-in of an Optical module, Direct Attached or Active Optic Cable in the measurement interface supports speeds from 10M to 400G. In addition, both QFSP-DD and OSFP modules can be selected as the 400G Ethernet interface.
As well as supporting these 400G modules, installing the OTDR module and the High Performance GPS Disciplined Oscillator module incorporating a rubidium oscillator in the MT1040A supports optical line maintenance tests, which eliminates the need to carry several different instruments on-site and lightens the engineer's work burden.
Achieving 400Gbps while maintaining signal quality requires use of forward error correction (FEC).
FEC is a technology whereby the packet itself corrects any errors that might occur and it is used to achieve high-reliability communications. However, FEC is not an omnipotent technology that corrects every error. If there are too many FEC corrections, the network performance will degrade. Consequently, the FEC frequency should be confirmed not only at the same time as the latency and throughput measurements during network installation but also during normal operation.
The MT1040A has a built-in function for the measuring the FEC status in real-time.
Field engineers range in experience from veteran professionals to complete novices. During on-site testing they set the measuring instruments and make connections according to the operation manual, sometimes with varying results based on experience. To solve this issue, the MT1040A has a built-in SEEK function that performs tests in accordance with the contents of the operation manual. Using SEEK, the MT1040A itself automatically sets the parameters, makes the measurement, saves the results, and performs the Pass/Fail evaluation to assure efficient work and consistent results.