Tech Documentation

Here you will find tech documentation and user guides for Xena’s Gigabit Ethernet test solutions.

If you still require assistance, please contact your local Xena partner in the US, EMEA, or Asia Pacific. Or send an email to [email protected].


L2-3 SW UI

- XenaManager-2G User ManualDownloadView
- Xena2544 User ManualDownloadView
- Xena1564 User ManualDownloadView
- Xena3918 User ManualDownloadView
- Xena2889 User ManualDownloadView
- XenaWeb User ManualDownload


L4-7 SW UI

- XenaConnect User ManualDownloadView


- L2-3 XenaScriptingView
- L4-7 XenaScriptingView


- Xena Licensing SystemView
- XenaChassisUpgrader User ManualView


- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)View
- XenaLink User ManualView
- Excel2544View
- Troubleshooting a Xena Test ApplicationView


Transceiver Data Sheets

100 Mbps
- SPG-FE-SX-CNFB (Source Photonics)Download
- SPG-FE-FX-CNFA (Source Photonics)Download
- SPG-FE-LX-CNFA (Source Photonics)Download
- SPG-FE-BX-CNFC (Source Photonics)Download
1000 Mbps
- FCLF-8521-P2BTL (Finisar)
(Replaces FCLF-8521-3)
- FTLF-8519-P2BCL (Finisar)Download
- FTLF-1318-P2BCL (Finisar)Download
- FTLF-1519-P1BCL (Finisar)Download
10 Gbps
- SXP3100SX (Sumitomo)Download
- SXP3100LX (Sumitomo)Download
- SXP3100EX-M (Sumitomo)Download
- SPP5100SR-GL (Sumitomo)Download
- SPP5200LR-GL (Sumitomo)Download
- SPP5100ER-GL (Sumitomo)Download
25 Gbps SFP28
TR PY85S (Innolight)Download
TR PY13L (Innolight)Download
40 Gbps CFP
- CF-X08 (2 x SR4) (Reflex Photonics)Download
- CF-X04 (SR4) (Reflex Photonics)Download
- FTLQ8181EBLM (SR4) (Finisar)Download
40 Gbps QSFP+
- AFBR-79EIDZ (Avago)Download
- AFCT-79EIPZ (Avago)Download
- FTL410QE2C (Finisar)Download
- FTL4C1QE1C (Finisar)Download
100 Gbps - CFP
- CF-X12 (SR10) (Reflex Photonics)Download
- FTLC8281SCNM (SR10) (Finisar)Download
- FTLC1182R (Finisar)Download
100 Gbps - CXP
- FTLD10CE1C (Finisar)Download
100 Gbps - QSFP28
- Innolight QSFP28 LR4 Optical Transceiver TR-FC13L-N00Download
- Innolight QSFP28 SR4 Optical Transceiver TR-FC85S-N00Download
Layer 4-7
- QSFP+ 40GBASE-SR4 Optics (Intel)Download
- SFP+ (Intel)Download

Install Guides

L2-3 Quick Start Guide
This 6-page document explains how to connect to your new Xena chassis.

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L4-7 Quick Start Guide
This PDF explains how to connect and manage your new Xena L4-7 chassis.

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XenaBay Quick Installation Guide
Quick guide for installing test modules in the modular XenaBay chassis.
Demonstration Configuration File
You can use this file to quickly configure a port so you can see the major features. Simply download the file, start XenaManager-2G and connect to a chassis. Then right-click on a port and select “Load port configuration …”.
Quick Guide to using Configuration File
This Guide explains how to load a port configuration file (see above).

High Speed

Optical multi-speed splitting
An invaluable guide that describes how Xena 100GE and 40GE test modules support multiple port speeds depending on different transceivers and, in some cases, splitter cables.

Testing 100 Gbps Ethernet
Analyzes the challenges of testing 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet. As with any new technology, the key to success is testing, and 40/100G Ethernet presents new issues to the development cycle.


Benchmarking and Service Validation

Central Office Testing
Examines the characteristics of an Ethernet tester in the central office environment.

Stress Testing Switches and Routers
A step-by-step illustration of how to perform a simple stress test on a Layer-2 switch device.

How to Do Basic Performance Testing on a Firewall
Describes step-by-step how to test three critical performance parameters for a firewall: TCP CC, TCP CPS, and throughput against different packet sizes.

TCP Throughput Testing Based on RFC 6349
This Application Note describes how to make RFC 6349 based TCP throughput tests with the Xena Networks layer 4-7 test solutions XenaAppliance and the XenaScale controlled by XenaConnect.

Testing Minimum Inter Frame Gap (IFG)
Explains how to stress test the minimum IFG spacing.

VSPerf RFC 2544 Throughput
How to benchmark and characterize virtual switch throughput performance for telco Network Functionality Virtualization (NFV) use cases - under the project VSPerf - using Xena2544.

Wholesale Ethernet Service Testing
The Xena testers enable wholesale Ethernet service providers to cost-efficiently perform service activation for enterprise customers by providing a highly scalable gigabit Ethernet test platform ideal for installation in network edge central office locations.



Evaluating Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) Performance
Outlines scenarios for verifying the performance of Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) in Mobile backhaul networks.

Measuring Network Convergence
Illustrates how testing your network’s re-convergence time with industry leading measurement precision simplifies measuring the operations of resiliency mechanisms.



DDOS Testing with XenaManager-2G
A step-by-step guide to simulating a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack using XenaManager-2G.



Demonstrating and testing synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) networks
Outlines how Xena’s Advanced Timing test modules can be used to demonstrate network synchronization, and to perform go/no-go testing of SyncE networks.

Evaluating 1588v2 performance
Describes a test plan for evaluating the performance of 1588v2 Boundary clocks (BCs) and 1588v2 Transparent clocks (TCs) based on solutions from Calnex and Xena Networks.

Time Synchronization
Describes how to synchronize the clocks of multiple Xena test chassis.


Hints and Guidance

Measuring Frame Delay Variation
Describes how FDV is measured accurately and in real time with Xena Networks testers.

Testing at 100% load with line rate speed compensation
Illustrates how to compensate for small differences in line rates between the Xena tester and the DUT/NUT.

Gauges - Meters
A step-by-step guide to presenting Xena test results in gauges/meters, using Graphite and Grafana installed on a virtual Linux machine.

Freely Programmable Test Packets
This Application Note explains the Custom Data Field and Extended Payload features available in some of Xena high-speed test modules can be used to verify the behaviour of DUTs in multiple traffic scenarios.

Sequence Error Detection
Xena testers detect anomalies in the sequence of packets received after they have traversed the network, and report these anomalies to the user. This Application Note explains how this detection process works and how the results are displayed.


Putting 2.5GE & 5.0GE to the Test

The new 2.5 & 5.0 Gigabit Ethernet standards promise up to 500% performance boosts over existing cabling. But how do you qualify and verify that windfall? This White Paper examines the technical details of the new 2.5 & 5.0GE speeds and then presents Xena’s new M6RJ45N test module which can test both the new speeds plus 100Mbit/s, 1GE and 10GE.
Putting 2.5GE & 5.0GE to the test

Testing Next Generation Firewalls

To rigorously test the performance of next generation firewalls (NGFWs), it is no longer enough to bombard them with dummy traffic. That's why Xena developed an advanced L5-7 traffic generation solution for emulating highly realistic traffic streams that can be scaled to millions of users - including a free library of up-to-date application traffic in pcap format.
Xena Testing NGFW White Paper

Automotive Ethernet

The automotive industry is finally going digital. Initiatives like the BroadR-Reach 100 Mbit/s Automotive Ethernet standard seek to minimize the weight and cost of electrical cabling - now the 3rd largest weight component. Xena test solutions are ideal for verifying the effectiveness of these initiatives. Read more.
Xena Automotive Ethernet White Paper

The Case for 25GE and 50GE

Data centers are hungry for bandwidth but strapped for cash. Adding more 10GE equipment is a short-term solution but upgrading to 40/100GE is expensive. The solution seems to be the newly approved 25GE and 50GE rates. Xena offers test solutions for all these Gigabit Ethernet speeds - in a single test module - the M1QSFP28SFP28. Read more.
Xena tests 25GE and 50GE


Xena offers a complete test solution for DDoS mitigation and network security with high-performance products and ample features. Going beyond generating DDoS traffic, Xena’s solutions can help companies test their security products and operators test networks and detect flaws, thereby ensuring business continuity and preserve business integrity.
Xena DDoS White Paper

Application Emulation

Testing with realistic network traffic places the device under test (DUT) in a realistic network environment and delivers authentic results. Xena provides an application emulation function and an up-to-date library of selected traffic captured in pcap file format so users can emulate live traffic and test products in a realistic network environment.
Xena Application Emulation White Paper


This White Papers explains how Xena is working with the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) community on the vSwitch Performance (VSPerf) project towards a generic and architecture agnostic vSwitch performance benchmarking and test framework.
Xena VSPerf White Paper

Quality of Service (QoS)

Some applications can tolerate traffic delays, jitter and a degree of traffic loss – others cannot. Xena offers QoS validation solutions in accordance with RFC 2544 and Y.1564, as well as advanced statistics functions that help users track, analyze and troubleshoot QoS to maintain a high service quality guarantee.
Xena Quality of Service White Paper

Latency & Jitter

Understanding latency and jitter is essential for evaluating device and network performance. This White Paper clarifies terms used in time measurement e.g. latency, jitter, inter-frame gap, latency resolution, speed mismatch, latency over time, and distribution and presents how Xena interprets and implements time measurements.
Xena Latency & Jitter White Paper


Microbursts - where data packets are transmitted in rapid bursts - can lead to periods of full line-rate transmission that overflow packet buffers of the network stack. This can seriously impact network performance but the problem is difficult to detect. Xena provides advanced microburst test solutions for Layer 2-7.
Xena Microburst White Paper is a next-gen DSL technology designed to seriously boost signal speeds to customer premises. Many network operators are now looking to deploy equipment so they can be first to market with this valuable service. This White Paper explains how Xena test solutions can be used to verify performance and conformance with Broadband Forum ID-337.
Xena White Paper

Advanced Stateful Layer 4 Replay

Traffic replay is an effective way to emulate the real-world network conditions to your device under test (DUT) since all the traffic content, packet sizes, inter-packet gap, packet pattern, and burstiness are from reality. Xena Advanced Layer 4 Replay (XAR) solution provides stateful Layer 4 replay based on payload data from pcap files, high scalability for performance verification, and preserve correlation information across TCP connections for true emulation.
Advanced Stateful Traffic Replay

NGFW Performance Verification

Different from deploying new NGFW into pre-production networks, when the firewalls are in fact up and running in the production networks, any upgrade should be handled carefully. Xena offers effective and convincing test solutions for NGFW performance verification in a post-production environment for enterprises. The solutions cover from modelled traffic with extreme performance stress testing to rich library for application emulation and capture-replay.
Advanced Stateful Traffic Replay

Emulation vs. Simulation for Layer 4-7

Testing with realistic application emulation is about emulating network traffic that contains realistic traffic patterns and content. This generates results that are far more accurate than using simulation or stateless Layer 2-3 blasting. Being able to analyze the results generated by “real” network testing is essential for providing guaranteed Quality-of-Service (QoS), and high degrees of Quality-of-Experience (QoE).
Advanced Stateful Traffic Replay
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