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Simplifying Ethernet Testing
Part of EXFO’s wide-ranging Ethernet test offering, the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set delivers comprehensive test functionalities without the typical complexity associated with Ethernet/IP testing. Whether for installing, turning up or maintaining Ethernet and IP services, the AXS-200/850 is ready to perform. Thanks to a feature set that includes RFC 2544, traffic generation and monitoring, multistream background traffic, BERT, as well as IP connectivity tools such as ping and traceroute, this lightweight, handheld unit provides front-line technicians with all the tools they need to get through their test cycles quickly and efficiently.

Key Features
Traffic generation and monitoring Allows full-line-rate bidirectional end-to-end testing for complete network performance evaluation.
Multistream background traffic Used in conjunction with traffic generation, background traffic fully proves that the providers' network can truly offer end-to-end quality of service (QoS).
Cable testing Allows for cable troubleshooting before committing to long-term testing phases, saving you time and money.
Bit-error-rate testing (BERT) Performs BERT up to layer 4; offers a wide range of standard and customizable patterns.

RFC 2544 Industry-standard range of tests: throughput, back-to-back, frame loss and latency.
VLAN with Q-in-Q Encapsulates up to two VLAN layers for all tests including the modification of VLAN ID, priority, type and drop eligibility.
Intelligent autodiscovery Finds multiple remote AXS-200/850 units and loops them up or down for loopback testing.
Smart Loopback Loopbacks incoming test traffic up to layer 4.
Optical power measurement Provides optical power readings during all testing phases.
Interoperability with Packet Blazer and Power Blazer units Interoperates with EXFO’s Packet Blazer Ethernet and Power Blazer test module series—the FTB-8510, FTB-8510B, FTB-8510G, FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE.

Built for Metro Ethernet Networks
For decades, Ethernet has proven itself to be a flexible and scalable networking technology. Much less expensive than a SONET/SDH or DSN/PDH interface of the same bandwidth, Ethernet also supports high bandwidths with fine granularity, which is not available with traditional SONET/SDH connections. Another advantage of an Ethernet-based access network is that it can be easily connected to the customer network (corporate and residential).

Performance assessment of carrier Ethernet services
Installation, activation and maintenance of metro Ethernet networks
Deployment of active Ethernet (point-to-point) access services
Using EXFO’s AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set, field technicians can effectively install, qualify and troubleshoot metro Ethernet networks thanks to powerful test capabilities:

Traffic Generation
Thanks to the AXS-200/850 traffic generation and monitoring tools, technicians can monitor the following key QoS statistics in real time: throughput, frame loss, sequencing, packet jitter and latency.

Cable Testing
With the help of the Wiremap test, field technicians can check for continuity problems as well as for MDI and MDIX compatibility. Also, knowing the length, distance to fault, propagation delay and skew further ensures that the physical cabling is within the IEEE 802.3 standard specifications.

BER Testing
Signal integrity is generally expressed by the bit error rate (BER) value. When it comes to testing bit error rates, the AXS-200/850 has users covered, as it measures BER in various types of circuits and can effortlessly test end-to-end up to layer 4 networks.

RFC 2544 Testing
The industry-standard RFC 2544 benchmarking methodology defines a series of tests—throughput, latency, back-to-back and frame loss—allowing service providers to perform proper circuit and service-level agreement (SLA) validation.

QoS Testing
The AXS-200/850 is ideally designed for performing quality of service (QoS) verification on metro Ethernet circuits. It offers VLAN priorities and specific settings (types of service, differentiated services), helping service providers ensure QoS expectations are met.

Radically Simple QoS Testing
The AXS-200/850 traffic generation and monitoring tools make it fast and simple to test packet jitter, real-time latency, throughput, sequencing and frame loss. Speedometer-like gauges with built-in user-definable pass/fail thresholds give you immediate and accurate results at a glance—no need to shuffle through pages of information to find out why a test is failing. Frame loss, out-of-sequence LED indicators notify you of any current or historical defects. Whether incremental or large changes to the bandwidth or frame size are required, on-the-fly traffic generation adjustments are provided for quick and instant results without having to stop testing and look for other pages to make these adjustments.

Regardless of the network under test, it is always necessary to verify that it can handle the allocated bandwidth and expected QoS. With this critical data and simplified results page you can quickly and easily determine whether the network under test conforms to their customers' expectations.

Intelligent Network Discovery Mode
Using an AXS-200/850, you can access multiple remote testers simultaneously. One click lets you scan the network and choose from a list of available AXS-200/850 units. Simply find the unit to be tested, and loop it up. No more need for an additional technician at the far end to relay critical information—the AXS-200/850 takes care of it all.

Rugged, Lightweight and Designed for Front-Line Technicians
EXFO’s AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set was designed according to the real-life challenges brought by Ethernet testing. Its user-friendly features shorten the learning curve for both expert and entry-level technicians and enable them to complete their test cycles quickly and efficiently.

Pass/Fail Testing
Thanks to built-in pass/fail thresholds, the AXS-200/850 delivers clear-cut assessment of test results. What’s more, thresholds can be modified for testing rate-limited services.

Results Display
Test results are presented according to three formats:

Pass/fail results based on default or user-configured thresholds
Sneak-peek results during tests
Complete results down to their associated frame sizes
Function Buttons
The AXS-200/850’s function buttons allow users to automate their configuration setup. These buttons enable:

Progressive acceleration of all configuration values
Quick deletion of all values
Wraparound of digits
Quick Configuration Recall
With the AXS-200/850, the user no longer needs to search for previously entered MAC or IP addresses. The AXS-200/850 remembers the last three IP and MAC addresses, allowing for an instantaneous entry of address information.

Print Report
The AXS-200/850 supplies users with a print report that contains all testing results either on or off the unit.

LED Indicators
Platform LEDs offer crucial information for pass/fail results, laser on/off, errors or alarms, test running and link status.

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Specification Sheets

Name Size (KB) Date Language
AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set 3700 3/2/2009 English


Application Notes
Name Size (KB) Date
Quality of service: key concepts and testing needs 3900 2/26/2009
Testing Lifecycle of a Mobile backhaul Network 1700 2/10/2009
Ethernet Testing: Determining Appropriate Test Cases and Modes 0 12/8/2008
RFC 2544: How it helps qualify a carrier Ethernet Network 1400 4/14/2008
Field testing for active Ethernet networks 500 2/6/2008
Ethernet test scenarios: ensuring optimal efficiency 308 2/6/2008
Active Ethernet: Frequently Asked Questions 132 3/26/2007

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