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10/100 Copper nTAP Overview
A network Test Access Port (TAP) provides access to the data streams passing through a high-speed, full-duplex network link (typically between a network device and a switch). The TAP copies both sides of a full-duplex link (copper or optical, depending on type of TAP), and sends the copied data streams to an analyzer, probe, intrusion detection system (IDS) or any other analysis device. There are different TAP models available to monitor both copper and optical links.