MAX-800 Series – Ethernet and transport testing up to 100G

Key features

Comprehensive testing for DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet interfaces up to 100 Gbit/s

Faster Ethernet service activation with EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) service configuration and performance tests with

Quad-port testing up to 4 x 100GE links, enabling technicians to run up to four independent tests

OTN testing (as per ITU-T G.709), including forward error correction (FEC)

Layer-2 transparency testing with predefined configurations

Simplified BER testing with pass/fail indicators based on user-defined thresholds

Built-in connectivity via Gigabit interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G or 4G LTE

Multitouch, 8-in color screen with industry’s most intuitive GUI

Performance-driven solution allowing technicians to speed up test configuration and quickly generate test reports


Choose the right network tester for you

The MAX-800 Series offers five different models, each with the features listed below. Additional details are available on the product spec sheet.

All models offer the following features:

  • Ethernet testing including RFC 2544, EtherSAM ITU-T Y.1564, EtherBERT, traffic generation and monitoring (multistream) and Smart Loopback
  • Optional IPv6, MPLS, Through mode and dual-port testing


  • Ethernet testing up to 1GE


  • Ethernet testing up to 10GE


  • Ethernet testing up to 10GE
  • Transport network testing up to 10G: DSn/PDH, ISDN, SONET/SDH and optical transport network (OTN)

MAX-890 – NEW

  • Ethernet testing up to 100GE
  • Transport network testing up to 100G: optical SONET/SDH and OTN

MAX-890Q – NEW

  • Ethernet testing up to 100GE
  • Independent dual-port testing up to 100GE
  • Optional 4 x 100GE EtherBERT Layer 2 testing
  • Transport network testing up to 100G including optical SONET/SDH and OTN

EtherSAM: the standard in Ethernet testing

EXFO’s EtherSAM test suite—based on the ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet service activation methodology—provides comprehensive field testing for mobile backhaul and commercial services. Aligned with the requirements of today’s Ethernet services, the EtherSAM test methodology drastically speeds up deployment and eliminates repeat testing by offering full visibility into all service-level agreement (SLA) metrics, immediately and accurately. This suite also enables complete validation of all SLA parameters within a single test to ensure optimized quality of service. EtherSAM is comprised of two phases, the service configuration test and the service performance test.

DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH and OTN testing

EXFO is a recognized leader in network testers and telecom solutions. With the large, installed base of legacy DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH circuits in access and metro Ethernet networks, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance have become daily tasks.

Covering all DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH interfaces, our ultra-portable MAX-800 handheld tester for DSn/PDH and full legacy SONET/SDH is ideally suited to field service deployment, in addition to installation, commissioning and maintenance of access and metro Ethernet networks. This solution offers test functions that range from bit-error-rate (BER) measurements, service disruption time (SDT) to advanced characterization.

EXFO has an extensive suite of features for testing optical transport network (OTN) deployments and many of them are also available on the MAX-800 Series. Engineers and technicians can evaluate SLAs based on bit error rate (BER). Additionally, functions such as service disruption time (SDT), round trip delay (RTD) and OTN overhead analysis are readily available making the MAX-800 Series the most versatile portable tester in the industry.