Observer GigaStor : Gen3 Capture Card : How to identify your GigaStor
   
How to identify your GigaStor
 
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Capture card details
Created: 2016-10-31
The capture card found in a GigaStor appliance tells you a great deal about the vintage and the capabilities of the appliance.
There are two versions of GigaStor under active maintenance. A purple version called GigaStor Gen3 and a blue version called GigaStor Gen2. The “Gen3” or “Gen2” refers to the capture card used in the appliance.
If you can see the appliance, you can easily discern which version you have by looking at its color; however, if you do not have physical access to it then you must view the capture card properties. Even if you can see the color you may not be able to identify which model of the capture card you have.
The Windows operating system used on the GigaStor appliance is a useful clue about the version, but it is not conclusive and cannot be used alone.
1. In your version of Windows, open Device Manager.
2. Find and expand one of these.
Viavi Solutions Inc Capture Adapters
Network Instruments Capture Adapters
3. Use the information in Capture card details.
 
With this information you can precisely know what components are in the system. Use that knowledge to learn what their capabilities are.
 
Capture card details
Created: 2016-10-28
Using names, drivers, and manufacturer information helps identify the capture card found in your system.
 
Table 4. Capture card versions in GigaStor Gen3
Name
Internal Name
Driver Name
Manufacturer
Supported
VIAVI Solutions 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen3
oneTenGig2015
oneTenGig2015.sys
VIAVI Solutions, Inc.
Yes
Table 5. Capture Cards versions in GigaStor Gen2 1
Name
Internal Name
Driver Name
Manufacturer
Supported
Network Instruments 40 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
fortyGig2010
fortyGig2010.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
Yes
Network Instruments 10 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
tenGig2010
tenGig2010.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
Yes
Network Instruments 1 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
oneGig2010
oneGig2010.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
Yes
Network Instruments 10 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
tenGig2007
tenGig2007.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
No
Network Instruments 1 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
oneGig2007
oneGig2007.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
No
Network Instruments 1 Gigabit Ethernet Capture Adapter Gen2
oneGig2005
oneGig2005.sys
Network Instruments, LLC.
No

1 Some capture cards have the same name and can only be distinguished by their internal name or driver.

 
 
Can I upgrade a Network Instruments-manufactured, blue GigaStor to Observer 17.2 or later?
Yes, if you have an active maintenance contract. No new features are available on the Gen2 capture card as a result of this name change.
 
 
Can I put a Gen3 capture card in a Network Instruments-manufactured, blue GigaStor?
No, the Gen3 capture card is only available in the GigaStor Gen3 appliance.
 
 
Are firmware upgrades separately available?
Firmware and driver updates are only provided through the Observer installation program. Not every release contains firmware or driver updates; in fact, most do not.