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LANforge ICE Network Emulator

LANforge ICE is a network emulator. It can add impairments in a controlled and reproducible manner to aid in testing applications and network equipment that must operate over a network. LANforge supports many impairments: latency, bandwidth, jitter, packet loss, packet reordering and more. It can act as a layer-2 pass-through device for easy insertion into the system under test. It also supports 802.1Q VLANs, router emulation, bridges and other network elements for more advanced emulation needs. Emulation speeds range from 10bps to 5Gbps, and some systems support more than 48 concurrent emulations.

Some users may want to simulate an entire LAN or WAN network. LANforge ICE supports this with it's Netsmith feature. Netsmith is a click-and-drag virtual network builder. It supports Bridges (switches) including spanning tree protocol, as well as OSPF, BGP, RIP and multicast routers. IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols are supported, and the bridge will handle any Ethernet frame. LANforge is running real router and bridge software, so it can exchange messages with external equipment to populate routes and set up spanning trees. A screenshot from a Netsmith virtual router & emulation setup is found here.

LANforge ICE Use Cases

Standard Features

  1. General purpose WAN and Network impairment emulator: Validates stability and functionality of devices and programs over a wide variety of network conditions.
  2. Able to simulate DS1, DS3, OC-3, OC-12, OC-24, OC-48, GigE, DSL, CableModem, Satellite links and other rate-limited networks, from 10bps up to 5 Gbps speeds (full duplex).
  3. Can modify various network attributes including: network-speed, latency, jitter, packet-loss, packet-reordering, and packet-duplication.

Advanced Features

  1. Supports Packet corruptions, including bit-flips, bit-transposes and byte-overwrites.
  2. Supports WanPath feature to allow configuration of specific behaviour between different IP subnets or MAC addresses using a single pair of physical interfaces. *
  3. WanPaths can also impair packets based on an arbitary filter that is created using the powerful and well documented tcpdump filter syntax. *
  4. Supports WAN emulation across virtual 802.1Q VLAN interfaces for more efficient use of valuable physical network interfaces.
  5. Supports routed and bridged mode for more flexibility in how your configure your network and LANforge ICE. Virtual routers can be configured with the Netsmith tool. Supported routing protocols include: static, OSPF, RIP, OLSR, BGP, and Multicast (PIM, IGMP). Most protocols support both IPv4 and IPv6. LANforge ICE on Windows and Solaris supports only bridged mode currently.
  6. Supports 'WAN-Playback' allowing one to capture the characteristics of a live WAN and later have LANforge ICE emulate those captured characteristics. The playback file is in XML format, and can be easily created by hand or with scripts. The LANforge ICEcap tool can be used to probe networks and automatically create the XML playback file.
  7. Allows packet sniffing and network protocol decoding with the integrated Wireshark protocol sniffer.

Management & Platform Support

Deployment Options

  1. Rackmount systems are available for lab environments.
  2. All-in-one Netbooks, Laptops, small and silent appliances are also available.
  3. Implements a modular architecture that supports clustering and allows you to leverage your existing LANforge investment as your need for capacity increases.
  4. Ethernet hardware bypass option allows LANforge to be deployed in networks with high availability requirements.
  5. Additional RAM, storage and other upgrades are available.

Virtual Network Builder

LANforge Netsmith is a drag-and-drop virtual network builder. It can support virtual routers, emulated network links, bridges (switches), virtual and physical interfaces, and more. When using routers, it supports static, OSPF, BGP, Multicast (IGMP, PIM) and other protocols for IPv4 and IPv6. LANforge FIRE stateful traffic generating connections and LANforge ICE network emulations are easily placed in the virtual networks. The virtual routers can connect to external routers and other network elements for easy integration into your network.

  1. Emulates networks of arbitrary complexity using real-world routing protocols by integrating with the XORP router daemon.
  2. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 static routing.
  3. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 OSPF routing.
  4. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 multicast routing.
  5. Supports basic RIP, OLSR, and BGP routing protocol features.
  6. Supports Ethernet bridges (switches), including spanning tree protocol (STP).
  7. The virtual interfaces are 'real', so you can configure them like normal network interfaces and use sniffers and other tools on the individual interfaces.
  8. Virtual router interconnections can be associated with LANforge ICE network emulations.
  9. Interfaces can be associated with LANforge FIRE stateful traffic generation connections.
  10. See the LANforge FIRE and LANforge ICE and cookbook for examples of how Netsmith works.

LANforge ICEcap Network Probe Feature Highlights

  1. The LANforge ICEcap tool can probe a network and save the probed latency, packet loss and other values to an XML file that can be replayed by the LANforge ICE WAN emulator. This allows for realistic WAN emulations based on real-world networks.
  2. LANforge ICEcap currently supports Linux and Windows.

LANforge ICE Systems

LANforge ICE is often customized to a customer's speficications. In particular all of the LANforge FIRE Network Traffic Generation feature set is available. Some standard systems are listed below, but please contact sales@candelatech.com to discuss your requirements in detail and for a customized quote.

Appliance:
CT920
One network appliance supporting 0-45 Mbps WAN emulation. A separate machine running the LANforge GUI manages the appliance. HTML PDF
Appliance:
CT922
One network appliance supporting 0-155 Mbps WAN emulation. A separate machine running the LANforge GUI manages the appliance. HTML PDF
Gigabit Rackmount:
CT963
A 1U rackmount appliance supporting 0-1 Gbps WAN emulation that is managed locally or with a separate machine. (GigE Fibre interface available.) HTML PDF
10 Gigabit:
CT966
A 1U 64-bit rackmount appliance supporting 0-5 Gbps WAN emulation that is managed locally or with a separate machine. 12 GB RAM included to support higher latencies. Dual port 10 Gigabit Fibre NIC installed. (10 GigE copper interfaces available.) HTML PDF
48-WAN Emulator:
CT970-48
A 1U high-end rackmount appliance and one managed ethernet switch combined to support 48 unique WAN emulations. May be managed locally or with a separate machine. Great for testing MMOG and game testing in QA test houses! HTML PDF

More LANforge ICE Resources

  1. Videos
  2. LANforge GUI Users Guide
  3. Common configurations and prices


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LANforge-ICE Related Screen Shots

WanLinks Tab


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WanLink Display


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Create/Modify WanLink Window


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LANforge on Microsoft Windows

LANforge supports Microsoft Windows operating systems, but Linux is still the preferred platform for advanced features and higher stability, performance, and precision.

Some features currently NOT supported on Windows:

  1. Virtual interfaces (802.1Q, MAC-VLANs)
  2. Virtual routers and routed mode for LANforge ICE WAN emulator.
  3. Configuration of interfaces (adapters) through LANforge. You can configure the interfaces through the normal Windows tools instead.
  4. For detailed information on specific features, please contact Candela Technologies or your sales representative.


Additional Feature Upgrades

Unless otherwise noted in the product description, these features usually cost extra:


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www.candelatech.com | sales@candelatech.com | +1 360 380 1618


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