A Compact Inline Network Emulator
INE Compact is a small form factor (book-size) embedded Windows appliance which can be used to replicate the network conditions applications are likely to encounter when running over WAN Networks from Windows, Unix or Linux based systems or online games consoles. It can work through switches or routers too – in fact any Ethernet based environment.
Network Characteristics that can be controlled
INE Compact allows you to control all the major network parameters that affect application behaviour in networks:
- Link Speed: e.g. T1, E1, Modem, (A)DSL, GPRS, 3G, Satellite etc.
- Available Bandwidth: How much of the link the application can use.
- Delay (Latency): How long the network packets take to reach their destination e.g. inter city, nationally, internationally or over wireless networks like Satellite, GPRS, 3G or WiMAX.
- Jitter: How much variation there is in the delay, which can have a profound effect on applications like VoIP, and live Video over IP etc.
- Loss: How much data is lost by the network, for example in wireless networks and some types of WAN data, losses may be as high as 10% or even more.
All of the above parameters are controllable asymmetrically as well as symmetrically i.e. you can have separate uplink and downlink values for data going across the simulated network.
Easy to use
INE Compact has been designed with speed and ease of use in mind. From the main control interface it is a simple process to make changes to Bandwidth, Delay (Latency) and Packet Loss. Simply set the appropriate slider to the required setting, click update and you are ready to see how your application will perform in the new network environment.
Saving and Reusing Network Settings
INE Compact can store your current settings as a Network Scenario File for subsequent reuse.
Pre-defined Network Scenarios
If you are not sure which network settings to apply you can download predefined network scenarios from the iTrinegy repository. Alternatively, a network specialist within your organization could create and save suitable scenarios as Network Scenario files. Another option is to use a product like the INE Companion which can record (and replay) traffic going across your network and then create a network scenario based on this data.
It is possible to remotely control INE Compact using VNC, another INE Compact or INE for Windows (Professional or Server).
Creating Multi-Segment Networks
Multiple INE Compact units can be deployed to create multi-segmented networks, each with different network characteristics, so that sophisticated network environments can be built up.
Other Network Emulator Products
iTrinegy now offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of network emulation products to help you simulate realistic network environments. Please visit our network emulator products overview page to see what other solutions are available.