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IP 10G Core Monitoring Blade


The VB330 Probe is the flagship in Sencore’s VideoBRIDGE products line. With line-speed 10G performance and a massive multiprocessor architecture, the VB330 can deliver monitoring and analytics of thousands of streams and a multitude of technologies in real-time and in parallel.

The VB330 is aimed at monitoring the full cross section of services commonly found in media related network operations. The VB330 is a very flexible tool for monitoring network performance involving signal formats and areas as diverse as video IP multicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, voice trunks, video-on-demand unicast, Ethernet packet micro bursts, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection.

Measurement analytics are available via easy drill-down functionality and the patented MediaWindow™ technology simplifies monitoring and analysis of this complex data. Multiple VB330s can be placed in a 1RU chassis, offering a performance of up to 40 Gbit/s per 1RU.

  • Monitor up to 2000 IP multicasts/unicasts in parallel
  • Monitor up to 500 OTT/ABR streams at master play-out or at CDN origin server in all the common streaming formats using the bulk OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft SmoothStream™, Apple HLS™, Adobe HDS™, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.
  • Monitor Voice or Video-on-Demand trunks using the Advanced Ethernet Option. Summarize traffic issues across the whole trunk dynamically.
  • Identify packet micro bursting and pinpoint sources of violations. Micro bursting is a particularly important area when traversing 10G/1G network domains where queuing issues often arise and result in packet loss. Perform deep TR 101 290 analysis on up to 200 streams with all priority levels covered - Level 1, 2 and 3.
  • Perform PCAP packet capture and retrieval for offline analysis using 3rd party tools such as Wireshark or tcpdump.


All VideoBRIDGE probes and modules are self-contained and based on rugged, embedded electronics. Each is built to carrier grade standards and satisfies the stringent requirements of the telecommunications and broadcast industries. Built for 24/7 operations and designed to go into edge and core router environments, all VideoBRIDGE Probes have been designed with industrial use in mind.

  • 2 x SFP+ optical 10G ports (One enabled by default)
  • 1 x 10/100/1000-T RJ45 Ethernet management port
  • 1 x 1PPS TTL level 50 ohm SMA female input for future GPS synchronization usage
  • 1RU AC and DC chassis options with redundant power supplies
  • Microsoft MediaRoom™ X-bit RTP header extension support
  • Visual graphing of jitter, packet loss and bandwidth performance with at least 4 days of history for all IP multicasts
  • Framework for automatic detection of present multicast/unicast stream
  • Protocol hierarchy view with bandwidth and packet count statistics for each active video interface
  • Functionality for relaying any IP multicast monitored to a different IP destination for further analysis or recording (Remote Data Path - RDP)
  • 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 level
  • PCAP capture of up to 2GB of data for further analysis using Wireshark or similar
  • Microbursting jitter analysis for monitoring total 10G trunk load
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • Thumbnail decoding of multicast/unicast IP transport streams
  • ETSI TS 102 034 support
  • SMPTE 2022 FEC support
  • Alarm on changes to TOS/DSCP and TTL for detection of changes in network prioritization
  • Time loss distance measurements according to RFC3357
  • MediaWindow™ visualization technology for trending packet loss and jitter over time
  • Full Service Monitoring of any network device via built-in ICMP and HTTP query agents
  • Searchable alarm lists
  • 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
  • XML-based configuration save and retrieval via web
  • Powerful and openly available XML-based External Integration Interface (Eii) for 3rd party integration
  • Condensed mosaic thumbnail view of all services monitored


  • 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 present
  • 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
  • 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

Operating temperature: 0˚C to 45˚C
Storage temperature: -20ºC to 70ºC
Operating humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

10Gb Ethernet port A: SFP+ module
10Gb Ethernet port B: SFP+ module
10/100/1000T management: RJ-45
Initial setup: USB Type A

Power dissipated per VB330 module: 40W
Chassis input voltage:

Standard 19˝ 1RU rack-mount
W x H x D: 19 x 1.7 x 15.75 in. (483 x 43 x 400 mm)
Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg) fully populated

Basic setup/control through RS232 via USB
Remote access through HTTP or TELNET
Optional control via VBC Server