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VB220 PROBE

The VB220 PROBE is the perfect choice in any network where digital video is carried across an IP-based infrastructure. Built specifically to high-end industry needs, this network service tool is ideal for both pure IP networks and hybrid networks with IP transport cores such as in digital cable and terrestrial networks.

Figure - A dual-PSU 1RU Enhanced Chassis populated with three VB220 modules.

The VB220 probe hardware is custom designed and built to telco-grade standards for maximum reliability and minimum maintenance. Each VB220 blade consumes less than 12W of power. This drastically cuts on power consumption and air conditioning needs in installations. The VB220 can be paired with a full set of interface blades to cover signal formats such as DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, QAM-B, 8VSB and ASI.

Monitor OTT/ABR streams at master play-out or at CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft Smoothstream™, Apple HLS™, Adobe HDS™, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.

A single VB220 blade is furthermore capable of monitoring up to 260 IP multicasts as found in FTTH IPTV systems. 3 x VB220 blades can be placed in one 19" 1RU chassis, giving a total of 780 streams monitored in a small form factor.

The VB220 is ideally suited for network core and region use. This is an invaluable helpmate for any network engineer attempting multicast detection on multiple VLANs or in the process of IGMP tracking. Fault finding in complex IP networks just got a lot easier.

The monitoring of critical parameters such as loss distance measurements and detailed jitter values will give operators invaluable and precise feedback of network performance. With the patented MEDIAWINDOW™ historical data can be easily accessed for meaningful visualisation of media flow in IP networks. Whether establishing or modifying service settings on complex routers and switches, the VB220 facilitates the whole process.

The power of confidence monitoring is further enhanced by continuous monitoring and alarming for vital parameters like bandwidth overflow/underflow, RTP errors and signal loss. Based on a highly sophisticated threshold template system alarm granularity can be set to reflect actual status, irrelevant alarms being effectively masked. The unique FSM™ framework also allows checking and continuous monitoring of middleware and network services vital to customer QoE.

The VB220 may be used with optional demodulator interfaces, resulting in a very compact monitoring solution particularly suited for systems that use IP distribution to regional nodes. The VB220 monitors IP, ASI and optional demodulator inputs simultaneously, and the transport stream and service compare mechanism makes it easy to validate correct local insertion at regional head-ends.

The VB220 can be expanded with the ETR290 option for full video monitoring and analysis functionality according to TS 101 290 as used in head-end and studio environments. SNMP trapping and XML export enable the IP-Probes to be implemented in any NMS system with alarm generation; either directly from the probes themselves, or via the VBC server for advanced alarm correlation and filtering. Each VB220 contains the Eii (External Integration Interface) API for seamless and easy integration into any 3rd party system.

Each IP-Probe runs an HTTP server with the client as a web browser, so no need to install custom software on computers needing access to the measurement data. The HTTP traffic is compressed between the probe and the client web browser to allow successful operation across limited bandwidth management networks.

News TECHNICAL FEATURES
10/100/1000-T RJ45 Management port with Link and Activity LED indicators
10/100/1000-T RJ45 video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
SFP gigE video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
75 ohm HD-BNC ASI input port with TS SYNC LED indicator
75 ohm HD-BNC ASI output port for monitoring purposes
50 ohm SMA female 1PPS input port for GPS synchronisation
USB Type-A connector for initial setup
Expansion blades available for common formats such as DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, DVB-T/T2, QAM-B, 8VSB, ASI
Parallel and continuous monitoring of up to 260 IP unicasts/multicasts according to ETSI TS 102 034:
  - Monitor current/min/max UDP payload bitrate
  - Monitor current/min/max TS payload not counting NULL TS packets
  - Count number of IP packets
  - Source/destination IP address
  - Type-of-Service field (TOS/DSCP)
  - Time-to-Live field (TTL)
  - VLAN ID, if appropriate
  - Max/min/average IP packet Inter-Arrival time (IAT) for jitter analysis
  - TS Continuity Counter errors
  - TS Sync errors
  - Media Loss Rate - number of TS packets lost
  - Delay Factor - time between IP frames
  - Source/destination MAC address
  - RTP dropped packets, duplicate packets, out-of-order packets
  - RTP max/min hole size, hole separation
  - Forward Error Correction analysis according to SMPTE 2022 / COP3
MediaWindow™ visualisation technology for trending packet loss, bandwidth and jitter over up to 4 days
Thumbnail decoding of uni/multicast IP transport streams with audio bars and metadata
Full Service Monitoring of up to 10 network devices via built-in ICMP and HTTP query agents
Framework called RDP for relaying any IP multicast monitored to a different IP destination for further analysis
Functionality for record 200MB of the whole or parts of any transport stream monitored (RDP framework)
Automatic record trigger based on up to 3 configured alarm criteria with pre fill in order to catch fault
Framework for automatic detection of present multicast/unicast streams
Protocol hierarchy view with bandwidth and packet count statistics for video interface
IGMPv2/v3 protocol logging and analysis framework
Flexible template based alarming system to allow custom configuration of what parameters result in an alarm being generated on a per-TS leve
History graphs from last 4 days of NoSignal, CC-errors, RTP-drops, RTP-duplicates, RTP-Out-of-order, Total interface bitrate, Monitored bitrate, Ethernet CRC frame errors
One ETR290 engine automatically activated per RF/ASI input port on interface modules
IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
Microsoft mediaRoom X-bit RTP header extension support
Alarm on changes to TOS/DSCP and TTL for detection of changes in network prioritization
Time loss distance measurements according to RFC3357
Alarm forwarding to 3rd party systems via SNMP TRAP via up to 3 unique destinations
NTP client time synchronization support according to RFC2030
DHCP client support on management and video ports according to RFC2131
Easy web-based software and license upgrade
Tightly integrated with VideoBRIDGE Controller (VBC)
XML-based configuration save and retrieval via web
Powerful and openly available XML-based External Integratoin Interface (Eii) for 3rd party integration
Gold TS Protection™
Condensed mosaic thumbnail view of all services monitored
News ETSI TR 101 290 OPTION FUNCTIONALITY
Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3), one transport stream per input monitored in parallel
Configurable round-robin functionality for each ETSI TR 101 290 analysis engine
Conforms to both DVB and ATSC specifications
Table and descriptor parsing of PSI/SI and PSIP presented as table summary and
full table breakdown (including hex dump)
EPG analysis (EIT p/f and schedule)
Bitrate monitoring and alarming (TS, service and PID level)
Monitoring of vital CA parameters
Compare view for comparison of transport streams and services across different interfaces
Sophisticated threshold template system for detailed alarm handling control at transport stream,
service and component level
Monitoring of demodulator parameters (demodulator option)
Scheduled alarm masking
Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3) on the ASI input
Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3) on one IP multicast
Expand with 7 additional ETR290 engines for concurrent ETSI TR 101 290 analysis of a total of 8 IP multicasts
News PRODUCT ORDERING CODES RF INTERFACE
VB242 ASI high-density input blade
VB252 DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input
VB252-SMA DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input - 50 ohm SMA connector model
VB262 DVB-C QAM/8VSB/Analogue Demodulator Interface blade single RF input - ITU.T J83 Annex A/B/C
VB266 DVB-C/C2 QAM Demodulator Interface blade single RF input
VB272 DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input
VB272-SMA DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input - 50 ohm SMA connector model
News PRODUCT ORDERING CODES SOFTWARE
VB2G2-OPT Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License factory ordered - requires sw v5.1 or later
VB2G2-UPGR Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License upgrade - requires sw v5.1 or later
ETR290-OPT ETSI TR 101 290. License factory ordered
ETR290-UPGR ETSI TR 101 290. Upgrade license
T2MI-OPT DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option, factory ordered
T2MI-UPGR DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option
OTT-ENG-OPT 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or
50 channels round robin in total) Factory ordered. Disables TS Recording if HW1 - HW3
OTT-ENG-UPGR 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or
50 channels round robin in total). Disables TS Recording if HW1 - HW3
SCTE35-OPT SCTE35 Signaling Analysis and Logging. Licence for VB12/VB120 factory ordered
- requires v5 sw and ETR Engine
SCTE35-UPGR SCTE35 Signaling Analysis and Logging. Upgrade licence for VB12/VB120
- requires v5 sw and ETR Engine
FLASH32-OPT Flash Storage 32GB Option. Factory ordered only - requires v5.1 sw

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  OPTIONS INCLUDED
  AET
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  SOFTWARE OPTIONS
  AEO ETR290 BULK-ETR290 T2MI OTT SCTE35 FLASH32 VB2G2
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  HARDWARE OPTIONS
  VB242 VB252 VB252-SMA VB262 VB266 VB272 VB272-SMA VB273
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  CHASSIS OPTION
  ACC DCC EC EC-DC
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  RELATED PRODUCTS
  VBC
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  TECHNOLOGIES
  MEDIAWINDOW FSM MICROETR RDP Eii OTT GOLDTS
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  PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS
  Operating temperature: 0℃ to 45℃
  Storage temperature: -20℃ to 70℃
  Operating humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
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  CONNECTOR SPECIFICATIONS
  Input voltage: 100-240 VAC +/- 10% 50/60Hz
  Power consumption: 12W per blade
  10/100/1000-T management RJ-45
  10/100/1000-T Video RJ-45
  SFP Video
  Initial setup: USB Type-A
  HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI input
  HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI output loop through
  SMA female 50ohm 1PPS GPS input
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  MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  Standard 19" 1RU rack-mount
  W x H x D: 483 x 43 x 400 mm
  Weight: 4,2 kg fully populated
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