Vantage

Ethernet production line tester

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Choose Vantage for Ethernet production line testing

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 that is 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.

Vantage is all about ease-of-use. The intuitive GUI 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
vantage system diagram

Hardware

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 5 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.

  • Van-400G-7S-1P supports testing at 400G, 200G, 100G, 50G, 40G, 25G and 10G.
  • Van-100G-5S-2P supports testing at 100G, 50G, 40G, 25G and 10G
  • Van-10G-5S-6P-CU supports testing 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G and 100M.
  • Van-10G-1S-6P: 6 SFP+ ports for testing at 10GBASE-SR/LR/DAC
  • Van-1G-3S-6P : 6 RJ45 ports for testing 10GBase-T copper at 10M, 100M and 1G.

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.

Types of tests

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 400GE Comprehensive 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

1. 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

2. 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

 3. 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 address Full 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

Documentation

All the documentation about Vantage products

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PRODUCTION LINE TESTING

Any organization that produces Ethernet networking components will perform a variety of performance, functionality, and quality of service tests. While many of these tests take place at the R&D stage, companies that manufacture Ethernet components on a large scale also need to assure products as they come off the manufacturing line.

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