Frequently Asked Questions - 10/100 Tap
- Does the SharkTap respond to flow control packets?
- No, the SharkTap doesn't respond to any packets, it only passes them through. Flow control, or VLAN packets, or any other special purpose packets that might be intercepted by a smart switch, are simply passed through and mirrored to the tap port.
- Is the SharkTap an aggregate tap?
- Yes, the SharkTap will 'aggregate' packets from the 'device' and 'network' ports and mirror (i.e. duplicate) them on the tap port. The SharkTap, like any switch, is a 'store and forward' device - it receives a packet in full, and then re-transmits it. If two packets are received they will be duplicated sequentially on the tap port.
- What about a passive tap?
- A passive tap gives the most time accurate view of a connection, but it's not the most convenient tap. You need two ports on your PC, for starters, one for transmit data and one for receive data. A passive tap will generally not support auto-configuration, so it requires more care to set up your ports. The SharkTap is designed to be convenient, and it's rare to need precise time stamping of packets.
- Does the SharkTap support Power over Ethernet?
- No, not at this time. You may want to investigate a "PoE injector" (also available on Amazon)
- Does the SharkTap support gigabit ethernet?
- No, not a this time. Of course, most 1000 Base-T ports will simply auto-configure as 100 Base-T when connecting to the SharkTap, so they will work fine, just at a maximum of 100Mbps.
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