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Products > Software > Advanced Multiple Probes
Further Info

The Advanced Multi-Probe display shows side-by-side snapshots of all local cards and sessions concurrently.

Highlights
  • Supports wired and wireless networks (LAN, 802.11 a/b/g, Gigabit)
  • Offers the full functionality of the Advanced Single Probe
  • Monitor multiple adapters over multiple topologies
  • Speeds up problem solving with multi-session support
  • Define individual levels of Probe access
  • Built for high-capacity networks with industry’s first 4GB capture buffer

Configuration
  • Supports Ethernet (10/100/1000), 802.11 a/b/g, Token Ring (4/16/100), Gigabit
  • Runs on a standard, non-dedicated Windows 2000/XP/2003 PC and requires no
    additional hardware
  • Optimize packet capture, performance and receive additional error information by
    purchasing additional Ethernet NICs and ErrorTrak™ drivers, available from
    Network Instruments.
  • Must be installed on at least one remote system for each remote network, segment
    or switch to be monitored
  • Run the Advanced Multi-Probe as an unattended service for 24x7x365 data
    collection

Multi-Interface
Simultaneous monitoring for up to 64 network interfaces
The Advanced Multi-Probe supports up to 64 network interfaces concurrently. These interfaces can be of the same topology (i.e. multiple Ethernets) or of mixed topology (i.e. concurrent wired and wireless in one system). You no longer need to purchase a separate system to monitor wired and wireless networks – with one device you can do both.

Multi-Session
For problem solving collaboration
Sometimes resolving a remote issue requires a group effort. With problem solving collaboration, administrators can view the same data in real-time as if they were in the same room. With the Advanced Multi-Probe multiple users can access the same interface (up to 64 sessions) for data review and analysis.

Security level logins
User definable levels for different degrees of Probe access
Advanced Multi-Probes offer multiple login levels, allowing an administrator to define users or groups and what access is available to each (i.e. capture/decode, statistics, trending, memory management, etc.).

Password protect data to prohibit unauthorized access
The Advanced Multi-Probe can report to up to 64 different Observer consoles at one time. However, password protection ensures remote network data is only shared with consoles you authorize.

Triple DES (Data Encryption Standard) Option
Since different networks require different levels of security, Advanced Multi-Probes offer a variety of options for strong (3DES) and weak encryption for the Probe-to-Console communication.

Capture data without consuming resources
When gathering real-time statistics, the Advanced Multi-Probe consumes very few system resources. Additionaly, the Advanced Multi-Probe keeps network traffic to a minimum with as few as two to three 64 byte packets per minute. In Packet Capture mode, Probes collect packets in a local buffer, compress and encrypt the buffer and then transfer captured packets to the Observer console only on demand.

Collect data anytime, unattended
The Advanced Multi-Probe can be configured to collect trending data, perform captures and collect statistics completely unattended – no connection to an Observer console is required. Collected information can later by downloaded and viewed in an Observer console. This is often used to keep a historical baseline of network or switch conditions, or troll for a problem on a remote site without generating a connection or unneeded network traffic.

Greater depth of network statistics collected and analyzed
The Advanced Multi-Probe provides full packet capture and decode information, network trending and extensive statistics including but not limited to:
  • Bandwidth Statistics: Utilization, Top Talkers
  • Wireless Statistics: Site Survey, Access Point Load Monitor
  • Pair Statistics: Latency, Response Time, IP Pairs

View data from any location with Web access
Use the Web-based snapshot for a quick view of remote network conditions from any browser. The snapshot is updated continuously with current information and provides easy access to data when the Observer console is not installed or unavailable.

The Advanced Multi Probe also includes an RMON Probe
The Network Instruments Advanced Multi Probe can be installed as an Advanced Multi Probe or an RMON Probe. The RMON Probe offers full compliance with RMON1, RMON2 and HCRMON standards and is compatible with any RMON management console or collection facility. The Advanced Multi Probe provides greater depth of network statistics, more analysis features and support for WAN topologies. For more information please review our white paper entitled “Advanced vs. RMON Probes usage with Observer Products.”

 

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