01-14-2016 12:42 PM
A customer has the following requirements ... anyone think of a likely solution ?
The requirements can be divided into: 1) Must have, and, 2) Nice to have.
The switch is only used to sniff traffic, it does not alter, or delay the users traffic.
The switch is shunted (bypassed) for the user traffic flow.
This allows the user Ethernet traffic to continue, even if power is lost to the switch.
07-15-2016 09:43 AM
Any switch can do this if learning is disabled so all packets "flood" to all ports.
Another option is to use a managed switch with a feature called mirroring.
Keep in mind if you mirror a 1 Gb/s ingress and a 1Gb/S egress outbound port, the mirror will have 2Gb/S bandwidth and you will not see all of the data.
The closest Broadcom has is a 4 port BCM53134M which supports both "learning disabled" and mirror modes with a 2.5Gb/S uplink to be used as the mirror.