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 operate and scales dynamically, enabling pervasive visibility with NETSCOUT’s InfiniStream® appliances (part of the nGeniusONE® Service Assurance platform) regardless of infrastructure changes or where network traffic originates. With NETSCOUT TAPs and Packet Flow Switches, service assurance, security assurance, and other monitoring tools can be logically everywhere and physically anywhere.

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 network and traffic grow, so should your readiness to respond when something goes wrong.

The NETSCOUT nGenius® Packet Flow Switch (PFS) and TAP Series enable multiple IT teams to replicate, aggregate, and manage traffic across an entire monitoring network for unified communications (UC), application performance monitoring or security. Traffic management and security support features ensure a risk-free deployment of threat detection systems and inline security.

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

To stay ahead of advanced persistent threats and continually improve cybersecurity posture and capabilities in the ongoing competition, organizations must take a proactive approach. NETSCOUT Packet Flow Switches provide vital visibility to a portfolio of security solutions such as inline network protection and passive out-of-band intrusion detection appliances, as well as products for active payload analysis.

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

In the face of pervasive encryption, inline or passive decryption provides transparency.

Specially designed decryption/encryption provides low latency and strong visibility of encrypted traffic. Inline and passive deployment models provide architectural flexibility while supporting the latest encryption standards.

Simplify traffic capture and distribution for a variety of network monitoring applications, including service delivery management, performance management, and security monitoring.

Combining industry-leading NETSCOUT nGenius packet flow switches, passive and bypass TAPs, and our highly flexible nGenius PFS management platform, NETSCOUT simplifies traffic capture and distribution for a variety of network monitoring applications, including service delivery management, performance management and security monitoring. Our robust passive TAP family features InfiniStream appliances (powered by Adaptive Service Intelligence® (ASI) technology) and nGenius packet flow switches for 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

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.

nGenius Decryption Appliance

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

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.

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.


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

Do you have any questions about one of our solutions or about a product? Our specialists are happy to help.