The Eggplant Network Appliance

The Eggplant Network Emulator / Profiler appliance is a 2U desktop standalone (integrated PSU) unit.

Eggplant Network Emulator/Profiler appliance

Refer to the appliance’s Technical Specifications sheet for more information.

Connectors and Interfaces: Front Panel

Front panel of the Eggplant Network appliance

  • Power On/Off button
  • Integrated LCD for configuration and management
  • Up to 4 x emulation ports:
    • Model 5: 2 x 100 Mbps ports
    • Model 20: 2 x 1Gbps & 2 x 200 Mbps ports

Connectors and Interfaces: Rear Panel

Rear panel of Eggplant Network appliance

  • Power Input Connect
  • 1 x 1Gbps management port (MGMT)
  • 2 x display port (NOT USED)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 (NOT USED)
  • 2 x audio jacks (NOT USED)

Emulation Network Ports

The Emulator has five network interfaces:

Two pairs of emulation ports (ports 0 & 1 and ports 2 & 3) on the front of the appliance. You connect these ports to the equipment/network in order to create network impairment. These interfaces don’t require an IP address unless specifically required in the test network scenario.

Eggplant Network appliance port pairs

A single management (MGMT) port on the back of the Emulator appliance that is connected to a network that provides user and/or administrator access to the appliance.

Note: The appliance physical network interfaces (Ports 0, 1, 2, 3 and MGMT) are all 1 Gbps auto-negotiating.

Port pairs 2 & 3 are not licensed on some Emulator models.

Supported Emulation Types

The Emulator supports three types of emulation:

  • Point-to-point: Single or multiple link configurations.
  • Dual-hop: Dual or multiple link configurations.
  • Profiled: Emulations created with the Profiler

A link is a network connection between two devices or locations that carries network traffic. By default one link is enabled that carries all network traffic. Additional links (except on eggPlant Network Model 1) can be enabled and configured to carry specific network traffic. For example, Link 1 is emulating a 3G network, configured to only forward HTTP traffic, while Link 2 could be emulating a LAN for all other traffic.

Scenario Builder

The Scenario Builder allows you to create a network experience over time by graphically combining two or more emulations or scenarios together. To provide a more realistic test scenario, the emulation and scenario elements can be optionally joined together using transitions. Transitions define what happens when changing between elements, i.e., switching from a 2G network to a 3G network.

The Scenario Builder is enabled in the license key. If playback options are disabled, contact your support representative to obtain an updated license key.

Emulation Users

There are two types of Emulator users:

  • Administrator: A user that can load, configure, and run emulations and can also access the Settings menu.
  • Normal user: A user that can load, configure, and run emulations but cannot access the Settings menu.


This topic was last updated on August 19, 2021, at 03:30:51 PM.

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