Typical Deployment Example
A typical scenario starts by deploying a Preinstalled Test Agent close to the source of the video content source, at the core of your network. This could either be at the head-end server location, or at the location where the video feed enters your network. This Test Agent is connected on an access port and connected over a 10 Gbit/s interface towards the video network. This core Test Agent will actively request and start monitoring of the full channel offering, which often means hundreds of channels.
Then, a number of Test Agents are connected at strategic locations where you have the highest density of port aggregation. These Test Agents do not necessarily need to monitor the full channel offering, which means they are connected using one or a few interfaces at 1 Gbit/s.
At the access part of your network, you would connect less powerful Test Agents, connected at 100 Mbit/s. These Test Agents could be located at areas where you suspect quality issues, or areas of particular interest. These Test Agents will request a smaller set of channels.
Finally, a typical scenario also includes Test Agents located at the customer’s premises. As opposed to the other locations described above, this Test Agent is preferably connected in-line (“bridge mode”) with the customer’s connection. This means that the Test Agent can intercept existing traffic and assess the quality.
All in all, using Test Agents located throughout the delivery path of the video streams, it is simple to determine if all or any channel is degraded as they are transported through your network.