We are studying a solution based on a network tap.I'm not a network expert but I need to understand the implications of using such device.
I'm familiar with layer 3+, but this kind of device addresses problems with lower layers and I hope you can help with.
- Marketing material claims "eliminating packet delay and loss as potential security issues".
-> Implies that Taps of other kind can introduce delay. But such device looks so basic to me that I can hardly imagine it can introduce latency or packet drop. Could it ?
- This device supports 10/100 MB.
-> Why cannot it support 1GB ?
- Redundant power supply ?
-> Why is power required ? What wrong can happen if there is a power failure ?
- There is some electronic in the box and probably firmware / software.
-> What does it do ? I thaught it was just hardware.
Thanks for patience :-)[ Repost from comp.protocols.tcp-ip ]