IPM400A Datasheet

IP Video Monitor
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The IPM400A simultaneously verifies IP and TS integrity on all IP Video flows (sessions) on a GbE link. It is ideal for monitoring networks which carry both Multi-program Transport Streams (MPTS) or Single-program Transport Streams (SPTS), at either Constant Bit Rate (CBR) or Variable Bit Rate (VBR).

Key features
  • In-depth, real-time MPEG analysis option allows diagnostics to be performed on live payload without always having to use labor-intensive deferred-time analysis of captured streams
  • No additional analysis software is required – all confidence and diagnostic analysis can be carried out with the IPM400A
  • When used in conjunction with the VQS1000 Video Quality Software application, provides reliable and sophisticated analysis algorithms applied to decoded MPEG-2 or H.264 video to identify stuck, black, macro-blocking, and compression artifacts
  • Diagnostic Monitoring of IP Video Contribution and Primary Distribution
    • Cable Headend Monitoring
    • Terrestrial Distribution
    • DTH or Network Operator Satellite Uplink Monitoring
  • IPTV Ingest and Headend Monitoring


As the worldwide DTV market continues to evolve, a shift of consumer viewing behavior, combined with increasing competitive pressure, is driving the explosion of growth in broadcast channels and overall capex investment. A key operational challenge for video network operators is how to efficiently deliver superior Quality of Service (QoS) levels to maintain differentiation in this competitive market. The IPM400A provides an intuitive and simplified presentation of video quality and diagnostic information. This benefit enables the delivery of superior QoS levels in an increasingly complex broadcast environment.

Product information

  • Monitor up to 500 IP flows (sessions) including all essential parameters (continuity count, sync byte, packet interarrival time (PIT))
    • Ensure IP and TS integrity for all services up to fully loaded GbE link
  • Video/Audio backhaul
    • Allows actual content to be fed back to the central monitoring point to see and hear the content being broadcast (encrypted content sent to a STB for hardware decode)
  • "Green Stream" learning mode
    • Allows monitoring-by-exception and elimination of false alarms
  • Multiplex view
    • Allows an at-a-glance view of program utilization over an extended period allowing the user to see if bandwidth spikes occurred, which leads to overwhelmed routers resulting in dropped packets
  • Unique 2-level Alarms
    • Uniquely provides advanced warning of impending problems to avoid customer complaints. Single-level alarming means the alert can only be generated. With 2-level alarms, separate warning and failure alarms are not possible
  • FlexVuPlus™

    • Uniquely presents simplified presentation of video quality and diagnostic information
  • Filtered logs
    • Allows diagnostics to be performed at the TS, Program or PID levels to "zoom in" on problems quickly
  • Diagnostic option to add root-cause analysis
    • Advanced Timing Analysis including PTS-PCR and DTS-PCR for real-time buffer measurements to give indication of encoding and multiplexing errors
    • Triggered recording with pretrigger buffers enables capture of intermittent issues for offline analysis
    • Service logging, bit rate testing, and template testing functionality provides verification of bandwidth allocation and service plans
    • Polling allows cost-effective monitoring of low revenue-earning channels
  • Simultaneous connection of multiple remote users and Multi-sink SNMP traps for Network Management Systems (NMS)
    • Provides early visibility of problems to key individuals throughout the organization, supporting quicker notification and corrective action
    • Allow multiple users and/or NMS to access the IPM400A simultaneously


Simultaneous QoS monitoring of all IP Video flows.


Video and audio content monitoring to ensure QoE is maintained.


Advanced Timing Analysis including PTS-PCR for real-time buffer measurements to give indication of encoding and multiplexing errors

Technical overview

  • SCTE-142 and A/78 monitoring modes classify five distinct levels of importance
    • Transport Stream Off-air (TOA), Program Off-air (POA), Component Missing (CM), Quality of Service (QoS), Technically Nonconformant (TNC)
    • Enables filtering and display only of errors that require immediate attention
  • Comprehensive TR 101 290 Priority 1, 2, and 3 MPEG measurement mode
    • Provides in-depth analysis of Transport Stream, syntax, timing, and content to support root-cause analysis of system interoperability issues
  • Superior PCR measurements (PCR_OJ, DR and FO)
    • PCR_OJ enable deterministic measurements on Transport Stream and network-induced jitter allowing Transport Stream and network errors to be isolated
    • DR and FO measurements allow diagnosis of longer-term system degradation
  • PSI/SI/PSIP/DC-II conformance and consistency checking
    • Checks compliance with ATSC A/65, DVB, and ARIB standards
    • Closed Caption (EIA608/708 and SCTE20/21) and Regional Ratings Descriptor (RRT) checking ensures conformance to FCC regulations. Status is indicated in both thumbnail and EPG views
    • PSI/PSI/PSIP testing ensures set-top box performance (channel change etc.) can be verified
  • SCTE 35 DPI monitoring
    • Allows analysis and diagnostics of "splice" advertising and other local content


SCTE-142 and A/78 modes classify five distinct levels of importance.


EPG View


Power consumption (nominal)
40 VA
100 to 240 V
50/60 Hz
GbE IP video monitoring interface specifications
Interconnect port options

10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 electrical port standard.

Optional optical SFP modules which plug into IPM400A to provide optical connectivity:

1000BASE-SX Short Wavelength Optical port with LC connector for MTM400A Gigabit Ethernet Interface (Multi Mode 850 nm) Opt. SX

1000BASE-LX Long Wavelength Optical port with LC connector for MTM400A Gigabit Ethernet Interface (Single Mode 1310 nm) Opt. LX

1000BASE-ZX Optical port with LC connector for MTM400A Gigabit Ethernet Interface (Single Mode 1550 nm) Opt. ZX

Maximum data rate
Line rate
ASI output

ASI compliant with specification EN 50083-9 ASI smoothing can be activated to compensate for bursty IP traffic

Protocol stack support

IPv4 support

IPv6 support





Multicast and control support

IGMP v2 support

IGMP v3 support

MLD v2 support


ICMP (Inbound and Outbound ping)

IP packet support

7 Transport Stream packets per IP packet (188 byte packets) FEC (FEC is parsed but is not processed)

Multi session monitoring parameters

Discovery of up to 500 IP sessions, simultaneous monitoring of key parameters including:

Continuity Count

Sync Byte

Packet Interarrival Time (PIT) for all sessions

Session Bit Rate

Out-of-Order and Dropped Packet errors (RTP only)


Static IP header contents

Total bit rate for all Ethernet traffic

Instantaneous TS bit rate for selected IP session

Errored packets rate per minute and absolute count

Dropped packets rate per minute and absolute count

Out-of-Order packets rate per minute and absolute count

TS Continuity Count


IP session TS bit rate

Traffic graph for all IP sessions with per session error indication

IP packet interarrival time of the selected IP session Min, Max, and Average

IP session lock status trend graph (up to seven days)

IP Dropped Packet Rate trend graph (up to seven days)

IP Out-of-Order Packet Rate trend graph (up to seven days)

IP Corrupted Packet Rate trend graph (up to seven days)

Packet Interarrival Time histogram view, Average and Peak trend graph (up to seven days)


User-definable thresholds for alarms on all sessions including:

Errored packets rate

Dropped packets rate

Packet interarrival time maximum

Out-of-Order packet rate

Event alarms on all sessions including:

TS Continuity Count Errors

TS Sync Byte

TS Sync Loss

Dropped Session


Line select (optical, electrical rate)

Filters for MAC, IP, Port

Protocol control for ARP, RTP, IGMP and VLAN

IGMP (single or multiple subscription)

+5 °C to +40 °C
–10 °C to +60 °C
Maximum relative humidity 80% for temperatures up to 31 °C, decreasing linearly to 50% relative humidity at 40 °C
10% to 95% relative humidity, noncondensing
0 m to 3000 m (9800 ft.)
0 m to 12000 m (40000 ft.)
Random vibration
5 to 500 Hz, GRMS = 2.28 
.5 to 500 Hz, GRMS = 0.27 
Functional shock
Operating 30 G, half sine, 11 ms duration
Electromagnetic compatibility
EC Declaration of Conformity
Meets EN55103. Electromagnetic Environment E4
Australia / New Zealand Declaration of Conformity
Meets AS/NZS 2064 
Emissions are within FCC CFR 47, Part 15, Subpart B, Class A limits
Meets 73/23/EEC, EN61010-1, UL3111-1 and CAN/CSA 22.2 No. 1010.1-92, IEC61010-1 
44 mm/ 1.73 in.
430 mm/ 17.13 in.
600 mm/ 23.62 in.
6.0 kg/ 13.3 lb.
9.0 kg/ 19.7 lb.
0 mm/ 0 in.
0 mm/ 0 in.
Left Side
Standard 19 in. rackmount
Right Side
Standard 19 in. rackmount
Clearance for handles required
Clearance for connectors required
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