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Using TAP devices and SPAN ports to monitor network traffic (Doc ID 762388.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 04, 2020

Applies to:

APM - Application Performance Management
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This article supports the use of both copy ports and TAP for monitoring network traffic. Copy ports and TAP are available for copper or fiber-based network infrastructures. While both devices allow non-intrusive monitoring of network traffic, there are differences between these two connection options. These are highlighted in this article.

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In this Document
Questions and Answers
 When can TAP devices be placed?
 Are all types of TAP supported for network monitoring?
 Are there accuracy issues when monitoring with TAP devices?
 What are recommended approaches for using TAP or SPAN ports in large and asynchronious network environments?

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