Current State
The Current State tab displays capture card health, SFP presence, and established port speeds.
Figure 108: Current State
SFP state
SFP state shows capture card ports that have a supported SFP installed, if that SFP is operational, and if the SFP is fiber (F) or copper (C). If a capture card port does not have an SFP installed, its icon remains dimmed.
Link state
Link state is a way to see if the Gen3 capture card is synchronized with the SPAN/TAP/Observer Matrix. If the link state is not green, there is a problem. Click the Advanced Settings tab to try and change the adapter speed or auto-negotiation.
SFP power (dBm)
Actual amount light power seen by the transceiver in the capture card, measured in decibels-milliwatts. With this information you can determine if the signal strength is strong enough to transmit the traffic or if it is too low and is the cause of dropped packets.
Enabled (Autonegotiation)
The icon is lit when auto-negotiation is enabled for that capture card port. Conversely, the icon is dimmed when auto-negotiation is disabled for that capture card port.
10 Gig
This icon is lit when a 10 gigabit connection is established.
1 Gig
This icon is lit when a 1 gigabit connection is established.
100 Mb
This icon is lit when a 100 megabit connection is established.
10 Mb
This icon is lit when a 10 megabit connection is established.
PCIe lane speed
The reported 1x lane bus speed of the PCIe slot used by the capture card. Multiple lanes are used by the capture card, so this value represents a fraction of actually available bandwidth between the capture card and the motherboard.
A green icon means the temperature of vital board components is lower than 75°C and therefore normal. Seeing a yellow icon is a caution that this temperature has risen above 75°C. A red icon is shown when this temperature is greater than 80°C, and you risk immediate damage to the capture card. Always maintain proper case airflow and ambient temperature.
This icon shows a red color if there is a power problem. A power problem could occur if the 12v power supply (PSU) rail, typically for MOLEX and auxiliary connections, is operating out-of-range and could indicate a dying power supply. A power problem could also be caused by the PCIe slot providing too little or too much wattage to the capture card relative to the PCIe specification. This could indicate a motherboard problem or a dying PSU. A green icon means that power to the card is normal.
Board ID
The unique ID of the capture card is shown here.
System ID
The system ID is shown here.
Figure 109: Explanation of lights