Packetmaster EX5-2

The Packetmaster EX5-2 is a network packet broker designed for handling copper interfaces from 10 Mbit to Gigabit. The Packetmaster filters and load balances traffic from 10 Gbps link to multiple 1 Gbps monitoring tools. It can aggregate multiple 1-Gbps links to 10 Gbps monitoring tools. The product has a non-blocking design and offers top performance. The native copper interface of the EX5-2 has an advantage because the product does not require copper SFP. This reduces the price of the product and also makes it more technically advanced.

Functions / Benefits:

  • Finite Rule Life: Rules can be set with a timeout period where the rule will be removed automatically after a set period of time or a set period without traffic activity. Rules can be dynamically created via the REST API.
  • Generate sFLOWS CDRS: The EX5-2 is able to generate standard-conform sFlow information of the incoming traffic. The sFlow CDRs can be sent via the management interface to any external sFlow Tools for further processing.
  • GRE Tunnel support: The Packetmaster EX5-2, like all Packetmaster Series NPBs, can function as a GRE tunnel endpoint.
  • AAA Radius support: Radius support for Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA).
  • Stacking of units: One Packetmaster can control several other Packetmasters. This gives the possibility to extend the number of ports per unit.
Front view of network packet broker EX5-2 Non-blocking design, native copper interface of network packet broker EX5-2

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  • L2 / L3 hash-based load balancing, up to 10 load balancing groups.
  • No additional port licensing fees or software feature licensing. All features and applications included in the unit price.

Success story: STP monitoring in a fixed net operator in Europe

Application with EX5-2 and Cubro Flex TAPs

Challenge faced by the operator - The operator had a lot of 100 Mbit interfaces and limited budget for monitoring. There were more than 60 100 Mbit links which needed to be tapped and aggregated to one 10 Gbit output for monitoring.

Cubro Solution - Cubro provided the operator 3 x EX5-2 and 3 Cubro Flex TAPs chassis for handling the live links. The live links are also managed with the Cubro Flex TAPs. The TAPs are connected to EX5-2 with two ports per link (one for east and one for west). The interconnection within the EX5-2 is done via 10 Gbit optical interface. At the end, the total aggregated output is sent to the probe to monitor this STP traffic.

!Note: The power footprint is important for devices that run 24/7