Vantage

Ethernet production line tester

USED BY:

NEMs
Government
Defense
Automotive
Aerospace

AUTOMATION OPTIONS:

CLI scripting
Python scripting
REST Api scripting

TECHNOLOGIES:

1-100G Ethernet (NRZ)
50-400G Ethernet (PAM4)

TEST APPLICATION:

Production line testing

About Vantage

Vantage is a production line test solution for networking devices that use Ethernet traffic, such as switches, NICs, routers, GPON devices, cable modems, EOC, power modems and so on.

The solution consists of dedicated hardware and software from an experienced test & measurement expert, and is designed to be flexible, scalable and very easy to use.

Vantage helps Networking Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) quickly detect performance issues and verify new features before the Devices Under Test (DUTs) leave the factory.

This small investment in pre-production testing and quality assurance improves customer satisfaction and productivity.

Vantage is all about ease-of-use. User-friendly software gives quick access to powerful automation features that make it simple for production-line staff to conduct comprehensive testing with just a few minutes instruction – one click of a button is enough to execute complex sequences of testing and report generation.

  • Pre-defined production test cases
  • Easy to develop new test cases
  • Sequential and batch test modes, without manual intervention
  • Pass/Failure threshold pre-configuration

Used to test devices during production

at all speeds up to 400GE

CASE STUDY

Testing PON devices

A Chinese manufacturer needed a fast, reliable & accurate production line test solution for their new PON devices. Vantage met all these requirements and was easy to integrate with the manufacturer’s MES system.

EXAMPLE OF USE

Automotive Ethernet

The automotive industry is rapidly embracing Ethernet technology to ensure in-vehicle data services are delivered reliably and securely, while minimizing the need for heavy cabling. Xena offers a comprehensive range of solutions for network, connectivity, and performance testing of components in the automotive sector – both during development and once in production.

System diagram

SOFTWARE

VantageManager

Vantage is controlled via an easy-to-use web-interface called VantageManager. VantageManager works with any web browser and requires no understanding of network or testing to operate.

Pre-defined testcases are available and new testcases can be developed by Xena’s engineers or customers to meet individual needs.

VantageManager automatically generates reports of all tests. These are easy to understand, with the front page summarizing pass/fail of the DUT ports, plus a list of possible causes for failed ports. Full details are also available later in the report if needed.

Vantage Test Case Library includes:

Router test

Bi-directional traffic generation between WAN and LAN ports, could be multiple LAN ports to single WAN port, or one WAN port to multiple LAN ports. Test of throughput and failures. The test may be configured with values for packet size, bandwidth, packet loss and other stream parameters. The result of the test is a pass/fail message and in the case of fail details about the failure for later analysis.

Two-way interaction test

Generate traffic between all ports, or between odd and even ports, or one direction traffic generation, with or without VLAN tagged frames. The result of the test is a pass/fail message and in the case of fail details about the failure for later analysis.

Aggregation test

Supports one-to-many and many-to-one traffic generation.

Loopback test

Loopback test one a configurable number of ports on e.g. a DUT such as a switch or a router. The test may be configured with values for packet size, bandwidth, packet loss and other stream parameters. The result of the test is a pass/fail message and in the case of fail details about the failure for later analysis.

PON aggregation test

Traffic is transmitted one-to-many and packets are sent both up and down-link. The test may be configured with values for packet size, bandwidth, packet loss and other stream parameters. The result of the test is a pass/fail message and in the case of fail details about the failure for later analysis.

How does Vantage compare to Valkyrie?

Vantage and Valkyrie are based on the same technology but there are some key differences. Here’s how they compare:

VantageValkyrie
Test ModulesWide range of test modules supporting all speeds from 100M to 400GEComprehensive range of test modules supporting all speeds from 100M to 400GE incl. several not supported by Vantage
Chassis1U and 4U chassis1U and 4U chassis
Port DensityFewer options than ValkyrieVery high port density

Different Test Applications

Vantage is for production line testing, while Valkyrie is for R&D testing. Vantage’s operation is very simple and demands zero technical background. Valkyrie is a professional test tool which requires a good knowledge of Ethernet and network infrastructure

VantageValkyrie
UIWeb UI – Python basedWindows APP
Test AutomationHighly automated test environment: auto link status checking and test runNeed interactive configuration and manual test implementation with UI
Test ConfigurationPre-defined test cases and scenarios; simple and repeated test setup, no tech background neededComplex test parameters configurations, learning curve is longer, need professional network and testing tech background
Test ExecutionThree steps to execute a test case, multiple tests with different setups for different DUTs can be ran simultaneouslyOne test setup for single DUT in most environments

Different Test Results

Vantage delivers a simple Pass/Failure result mechanism. Valkyrie provides comprehensive results that are much more detailed for further analysis.

VantageValkyrie
Real-time statisticsNot supportedSupported
Chart statisticsNot supportedSupported
Statistics in reportSimple reports only shows: TX/RX packets, Loss, Loss Rate, Latency; and test pass or failure• L1/L2 TX/RX (Mbit/s, packets/s, packets, bytes)
• Loss, payload integrity errors, sequence errors, misorder errors
• Min latency, max latency, average latency
• Min jitter, max jitter, average jitter
LogSimple log file contentHighly detailed log
Statistics loggingNot supportedSupported

 Different Software Features

Vantage is used for production line testing – most functions and configurations are pre-defined, and repeated in very short test duration. Valkyrie is used for a huge range of test scenarios and supports complex configurations and extended testing.

VantageValkyrie
RFC2544Not supportedSupported
RFC2889Not supportedSupported
RFC3918Not supportedSupported
Y.1564Not supportedSupported
Capture & ReplayNot supportedSupported
Port configurationOnly configure IP addressFull version of Port configuration
Stream ConfigurationNot supportedSupport multiple streams and comprehensive stream configuration
Header configureNot supportedLoad and edit any packet header
FilteringNot supportedSupported
Inject ErrorsNot supportedSupported
LoopbackNot supportedSupported
MulticastNot supportedSupported

Hardware options

Robust, high-density test chassis:

The modular, high-port density 4U VantageBay chassis has 12 slots for test modules supporting speeds from 1GE up to 400GE via a variety of interfaces: SFP, SFP+, QSFP, QSFP28, QSFP56 & RJ45.

Easy-to-transport VantageCompact:

There are 4 versions the fixed 1U VantageCompact chassis which support testing from 1GE to 100GE. You can also buy a convenient travel case that protects the tester while it is being transported.

Wire-Speed Test Modules:

Vantage has dedicated production-only test modules that can be installed in many combinations. The robust chassis features a very strong mounting mechanism for the test modules. This ensures high levels of reliability in demanding production environments and during transportation.

Opposite, you can see the “7-speed” Van-400G-7S-1P which supports testing at 400G, 200G, 100GE, 50GE, 40GE, 25GE and 10GE. This lets you test 400Gbps equipment, plus it allows you to test six other speeds – a feature that translates into great value.

One VantageBay chassis can hold up to:

No. of ModulesTest ModuleNo. of portsDescription of test module
6Van-400G-7S-1P6400G optical port supporting 7 speeds: 400/200/100/50/40/25/10GE
8Van-100G-5S-4P32100GE optical ports that support 5 speeds: 100/50/40/25/10GE
8Van-100G-5S-2P16100GE optical ports that support 5 speeds: 100/50/40/25/10GE
12Van-10G-1S-6P7210GE copper/optical ports
12Van-10G-5S-6P-CU7210GE copper ports that support 5 speeds: 10/5/2.5/1GE & 100Mbps
12Van-1G-3S-6P721GE copper/optical ports

Latest SW Features

Vantage 6.0 includes:

Barcode scanning notification

This is a UI feature to notify the user that the current test has been completed and that the barcode for the NEXT test should now be scanned.

Telnet API

This API feature allows Vantage to communicate with the DUT through Telnet commands.

MES Connector

The information is now displayed on the UI.

Port status

A LED displays the port status of each test case on the “Test Now” Page.

FEC mode in UI

The FEC mode is now supported in the UI. You can turn FEC on and off for the 100GE ports.

Vantage-400G-7S-1P

Vantage-400G-7S-1P is now supported on the UI.

Coming Soon

Here are some of the features we’ll be adding to Vantage in the next release.

New version of VantageUpgrader

A number of changes will be made to VantageUpgrader, the application that upgrades Vantage hardware. You will be able to shutdown the chassis, update VantageUpgrader, upgrade and downgrade XenaServer, and reset to factory default.

Age test

Retrieve counters during production age testing and display streams-based test result info in the UI.

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