Fiber Optical Taps


Flexible, modular and 100% passive fiber taps

Visibility on Tap – Optical Fiber Taps



These days, organizations demand reliable, continuous visibility into network traffic. But network monitoring and security tools can lead to network performance degradation and disruption if not used carefully. This presents a unique challenge to today’s enterprises, government agencies, and service providers: how to achieve total traffic visibility for network monitoring and security tools without introducing points of failure in the network.


Built using fiber-optics, Ixia Flex Tap fiber taps deliver 100% visibility into network traffic and permanent, passive access points while preserving top network performance. That’s because each tap in the Ixia Flex Tap™ family is modular, can support network speeds of up to 100Gbps, and is 100% passive. At the same time, Flex Taps allow you to effectively monitor network performance, avoiding issues of degradation and disruption. Flex Taps are also versatile: each is compatible with all protocols and monitoring devices, and can be deployed at any inline connection on the network without increasing overhead or management workflows. Flex Taps consist of a base chassis unit that can hold up to 24 individual LC based Flex Tap modules, or 12 MTP based modules.

Passive fiber taps such as Flex taps are very secure as once inserted in a network link they are always live and cannot be ‘hacked’ and disabled. A key aspect of selecting the right tap for the job is the calculation of a ‘light budget’ that confirms that a passive tap will not lead to any dropped packets on the network being monitored. As well as a solutions brief on this topic, Ixia have a more detailed Blog posting which explains the methodology behind such calculations.

  • 50/50, 60/40, 70/30, 80/20 and 90/10 split ratios supported
  • 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G models
  • Fully modular product – anywhere between 1 and 36 taps in a 1U 19 inch rack
  • LC, MTP and BiDi deployments supported. Single Mode and Multi Mode models
  • “Mix and Match” different speeds and fiber types in one chassis
  • Delivers low insertion loss to minimize impact on data flows
  • Prepopulated chassis with either 16 or 24 modules available at a discount


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