Netscout Packet Flow Switches and Taps

Deliver cost-effective and complete packet visibility while streamlining your monitoring architecture and reducing security risks.

Strategic Packet Visibility for the Connected World

NETSCOUT’s disaggregated packet flow switch architecture enables strategic packet visibility that scales and operates dynamically, enabling pervasive visibility with NETSCOUT’s InfiniStream® appliances (part of the nGeniusONE® Service Assurance platform) or security systems, regardless of infrastructure modifications or changes in the source of network traffic. With TAPs and packet flow switches from NETSCOUT, service assurance, security assurance, and other monitoring tools can be physically anywhere and logically everywhere.

Our TAPs and nGenius Packet Flow Switches include features such as:

  • Dynamic Connections from Any Tap Point in the Network to Any Tool
  • Scalable, Modular Architecture Provides Seamless Growth with Investment Protection
  • Easy-to-Use Management Platforms Foster IT Collaboration
  • Fully modular, scalable family of packet brokers for Gigabit, 10G networks, 40G networks and 100G Networks.

Typical type of applications

  • Inline Security and Threat Detection Systems
  • Eliminate Disruption to Traffic or Protocol Transactions
  • Strategic Packet Visibility
  • Active Security


As your networks and traffic volumes grow, so too should your readiness to respond to issues as they arise.

The NETSCOUT nGenius® packet flow switch (PFS) and TAPs family enables multiple IT groups to aggregate, replicate, and manage the flows of traffic throughout the monitoring network, whether it’s for application performance monitoring, unified communications (UC), or security. Traffic management and security enablement capabilities ensure risk-free deployment of inline security and threat detection systems.

Inline packet flow switch deployments enable a pervasive defense architecture for inline and passive network protection.

In the ongoing race to stay ahead of advanced persistent threats and and continually improve cybersecurity posture and capabilities, organizations must take a proactive approach. NETSCOUT packet flow switches provide critical visibility to combinations of security solutions, such as inline network protection and passive out-of-band intrusion detection appliances, as well as active payload analysis offerings.

PFS systems, in an active-protection deployment, increase reliability and simplify scale out. If any active inline security applications fail, they may be bypassed or traffic can be sent to another system. A unified visibility plane enables you to implement multiple security systems and create a pervasive defense architecture against a broad range of attacks.

Inline or passive decryption gives visibility in the face of pervasive encryption.

Purpose-built decryption/encryption provides low latency, high performance visibility into encrypted traffic. Inline and passive deployment models give architectural flexibility while supporting the latest encryption standards.

Simplify traffic acquisition and distribution for diverse network monitoring applications including performance management, service delivery management, and security monitoring.

By combining industry-leading NETSCOUT nGenius packet flow switches, passive and bypass TAPs, and our highly flexible nGenius PFS management platform, NETSCOUT simplifies traffic acquisition and distribution for diverse network monitoring applications including performance management, service delivery management, and security monitoring. Our robust family of passive TAPs provides InfiniStream appliances (powered by Adaptive Service Intelligence® (ASI) technology) and nGenius packet flow switches with full access to network traffic, while remaining transparent to the networking infrastructure and eliminating disruption to traffic or protocol transactions.

Products in this solution:

nGenius 7000 Series Packet Flow Switches

Expand Your Visibility Fabric with Advanced Packet Broker Functionality

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nGenius 5000 Series Packet Flow Switches

The nGenius Packet Flow Switch (PFS) 5000 series models operate at speeds up to 100Gbps and easily scales for large-scale network monitoring needs.

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nGenius Decryption Appliance

Enable inspection of SSL/TLS encrypted traffic for use by passive or inline security and service assurance tools.

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nGenius Packet Flow eXtender Software

Packet Flow eXtender (PFX) is a software application enabling expert packet conditioning for service assurance and cybersecurity monitoring. The solution is built on NETSCOUT InfiniStreamNG.

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nGenius PFS Fabric Manager

nGenius PFS Fabric Manager is a central management pane of glass that enables administrators to easily configure, deploy, and troubleshoot monitoring networks.

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Simplified and reliable monitoring devices. You need robust monitoring devices that offer full access to network traffic while remaining transparent to the networking infrastructure.

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