Xena2544 is a Windows desktop application that makes it easy to create, edit and execute test configurations in accordance with RFC 2544.


Xena2544 offers full support for the 4 test-types specified in RFC2544, and also lets you partially enable one or more test types. Xena2544 supports different network topologies and traffic flow directions on both Layer 2 and Layer 3, as well as both IPv4 and IPv6.

There are extensive configuration options to fine-tune the tests, and you can define the protocol layers supported by the test (Ethernet, Customer and Service VLANs, IP and UDP) precisely the way you want them. Xena2544 supports both single stream and multi-stream testing, enabling test engineers to emulate many more clients than the physical port count allows. Finally, the application will create test reports in both PDF and XML format and Linux is supported via the Mono framework.

Include Xena2544 in automated scripting environments

Xena2544 is ideal for interactive sessions, and using Xena OpenAutomation (XOA), an open-source scripting and automation platform with a Python API, makes it easy to perform RFC2544 testing from fully-automated scripting environments.

The CLI of Xena2544 (v. 2.32 and newer) is also supported under Linux using the Xena2544 configurations in a Linux console to obtain test reports.

Xena2544 makes it easy to:

  • Perform RFC 2544 tests over VLANs and IPv4 & IPv6 protocols
  • Test with jumbo frames and verify latency and rate
  • Large port count and full mesh tests, uni-directional or bi-directional testing
  • Easy point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and multipoint-to-point testing
  • Supports both single-stream and multi-stream testing
  • Reduce time-to-test through easy configuration and fast execution
  • Summary and comprehensive detailed results
  • Support for both standard and fully user defined test configuration

Click here to access test report example.

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  1. Key Tests

    – Throughput
    – Latency (FIFO, and LILO) for store-and-forward and cut-through DUTs
    – Frame loss
    – Back-to-back frames

  2. Traffic Control

    – Ethernet,VLAN, Q-in-Q, MPLS, IPv4 and IPv6 frame support
    – Automatic learning packets
    – Custom field setting for any protocol
    – Forwarding, including throughput and forwarding rates with a 16ns resolution
    – Configurable maximum test rates

  3. Learning Parameters

    – L2 learning
    – Repeat count
    – Frame sizes same as stream
    – Per test, per trial and per frame size learning

  4. Test Topologies

    – Up to 5 chassis, 72 ports
    – Full mesh, one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many
    – Multi-port pair definitions, East/West
    – Uni-directional or bi-directional testing
    – Testing between any combination of port-speeds

  5. Reporting

    Reports are available in PDF and .xml format.

  6. Supported hardware

    All Xena testers and all port speeds.

  7. CLI

    Test configuration files can be executed via CLI. Linux also supported via Mono framework.

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