Niagara 2842 is a modular 1G, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Intelligent Active Bypass Switch and TAP with up to 32 multi-purpose SFP+ Ports for extensive packet filtering, distribution, aggregation and mirroring functionality. The Niagara 2842 can support up to 8 hot pluggable, field replaceable modules that can be either 2 segments of 1G/10G or 1 segment of 40G.

The non-network ports can support 10G/1G SFP+ media or 40G ports depending on what module is selected and can be assigned to any of the network segments. The system’s packet processing includes L2, L3 and L4 packet filtering, IPv4 and IPV6 traffic, MPLS tunnel handling and supports the ability to customize filters and per port traffic for distribution. The active bypass functionality enables plug and play connectivity, includes an auto heartbeat and does not require additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances. The unit possesses management functionality that can be utilized via an extensive web GUI or CLI which enables flexibility and multiple configurations. The Niagara 2842 passive bypass feature automatically switches the network traffic upon power failure of an attached in-line device, preserving network connectivity. The Niagara 2842 is designed to integrate with UTM, Firewall, WAN Acceleration, QoS, DPI, IPS, IDS and Enterprise IT security appliances.

The system’s shared non-blocking switch fabric is set to support multiple network segments which enable data processing on asymmetric traffic by session-based distribution of the traffic to appliance ports.

Niagara 2842 supports flexible TAP and Link Aggregation options that provide Network managers, IT managers and operators high visibility into network performance and network traffic content. The unique TAP features include two main TAP options, Split TAP Mode and Aggregation TAP Mode.

Niagara 2842 Configurations

Product Name Niagara 2842
Form Factor 2U Rackmountable
10G/1G Active Bypass Segments Up to 16
40G Active Bypass Segments Up to 8
10G/1G Packet Master Ports Up to 32
1G Copper TAP Segments Up to 28
1G/10G Fiber T AP Segments Up to 28
40G Fiber SR4 TAP Segments Up to 14
40G Packet Master Ports Up to 16

Niagara 2842 provides major features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Up to 16 10Gb/1Gb network segments or up to 8 40Gb networks segments of bypass/failover with PacketMaster functionality
  • Active switching of traffic in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Active and Passive TAP for out of Band Appliances
  • 32 multi-purpose SFP+ Ports or 16 QSFP+ ports for extensive packet filtering, distribution, aggregation & mirroring
  • Flexible Support for SFP (SX, LX and TX) and SFP+ (SR, LR, ER) and QSFP on non-network ports
  • Modular 2U form factor for flexibility and scalability
  • Redundant hot-swappable power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management (GUI)
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • NTP support
  • Low Max Power consumption:
  • 559 Watts (when populated with only 10G modules)
  • 655 Watts (when populated with only 40G modules)
  • RoHS Compliant
  • FCC Class A, UL & CE Certifiable

Filtering Definitions

  • MAC source and destination
  • IP source and destination
  • Protocol: HTTP, VoIP, FTP, etc.
  • TCP port source and destination
  • UDP port source and destination
  • User Defined Byte (UDB)
  • Extensive Bypass Configuration

Niagara 2842 allows for multiple bypass configurations including:

  • Bypass - fail open or fail close
  • Bypass heartbeat custom configurations including:
    • Heartbeat pattern
    • Heartbeat frequency
  • Bypass on link loss
  • Configuration of the number of link losses prior to activating bypass
  • Configuration of the number of heartbeats prior to disabling bypass

Highly Reliable

Niagara 2842 utilizes two redundant internal power supplies for maximum reliability.

Niagara 2842 deploys passive bypass along with active switching for fail safe operation.

The Niagara 2842 family is designed to integrate with but not limited to:

  • UTM
  • Firewall
  • WAN Acceleration
  • QoS
  • IPS
  • IDS
  • Enterprise IT security appliance



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