SPAN Vs Tap

A Detailed Explanation(eBook)

In a basic network infrastructure, there are out-of-band monitoring devices such as probes, intrusion detection systems, network recorders and network analyzers.

It is common to deploy an out-of-band monitoring device to sit passive on the network without modifying or altering any of the network traffic. Two ways to passively monitor your network including using a Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) port or a Test Access Point (TAP).

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After reading this e-book you will be able to:
  • Know how to passively monitor your network, without affecting real-time traffic
  • Understand a SPAN port’s advantages and its limitations
  • Distinguish between different TAP devices that you could use
  • Utilize the advantages a TAP has over a SPAN port
  • Choose the right out-of-band passive monitoring device to fit your needs

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