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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Announces Quad Segment 10 Gigabit Link Aggregation TAP

Niagara 3218 features link aggregation TAP ports for mirroring, uninterrupted network connectivity, advanced management and support for 10Gb and 1Gb

Media Contact for Interface Masters Technologies:
Aaron Nankin, Sales & Marketing Manager
408-441-9341 x122

INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Announces Quad Segment 10 Gigabit Link Aggregation TAP
Niagara 3218 features link aggregation TAP ports for mirroring, uninterrupted network connectivity, advanced management and support for 10Gb and 1Gb

San Jose, California, July 26th, 2010 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today announced an additional member of its 10 Gigabit (10Gb) product fam ily that is designed to integrate with Network Monitoring appliances, Analytics, probes and logging tools, Intrusion Detection Systems and Central Office applications. Niagara 3218 consists of Quad Link Aggregation TAP segments which possess full 10 Gigabit and 1 Gigabit monitoring capabilities. Each segment can support multiple TAP methodologies as well as Multi-Mode fiber (SR) and Single-Mode fiber (LR) media configuration for 10Gb speeds and Multi Mode fiber (SX), Single Mode fiber (LX) and Copper (TX) for 1Gb speeds. In addition, eight additional link aggregation TAP ports are available for networking monitoring and mirroring of any port. The system architecture is designed for flexibility, enabling Niagara 3218 to operate in various modes including aggregation, packet injection, and multiple port monitoring. Additionally, the system supports a full suite of secure management including industry-standard management and logging tools.

The Niagara 3218 10GE TAP and Link Aggregation TAP is managed by a 64-bit MIPS controller which supports a wide variety of control and management capabilities. The system provides flexible and intuitive CLI and GUI management features including secure web UI via an HTTPS connection, secure shell (SSH), SNMP, e-mail notification for special events, and TAP method configuration. An authentication client capable of interfacing with authentication servers such as TACACS+ is integrated into the system. In addition, the TAP system possesses Syslog support, enabling consolidation of log data from various systems into a central repository. This feature provides management, traceability and security auditing across a wide variety of devices and receivers on multiple platforms. The management includes a simple local or remote upgrade feature which allows software upgrade and update.

“The Niagara 3218 is designed to ensure system integrators, datacenters and IT security companies have maximum access and visibility into mission critical data on networks of any speed, size or orientation.” Stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Equipped with Quad segment support, flexibility to support 10G and 1G, additional aggregation TAP ports and upgradability , the system possesses advanced network monitoring, failover and management while providing significant savings.”

Niagara 3218 provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Quad Segments of Link Aggregation TAP
  • 8 Additional Link Aggregation Ports for flexible network monitoring
  • Split TAP and Link aggregation TAP support
  • Packet Injection capabilities
  • Many-to-one TAP support
  • One-to-Many TAP support
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • 10 Gigabit Multi Mode (SR) and Single mode (LR) support
  • 1 Gigabit Multi-Mode, Single-Mode Fiber or SFP Copper support
  • Internal redundant power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • NTP and Time Zone
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • UL, CE and FCC certifications


The Niagara 3218 is available for evaluation and will be in production in mid August of 2010.

For pricing information, please contact the Interface Master’s sales team at or follow the link:

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Master’s expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gb Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, embedded switch boards, and 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. For more information, please go to