Deep packet inspection

APCON's deep packet inspection (DPI) technology sees the data payload as well as the header of a packet that travels through a visibility switch, identifying and eliminating any packets non-compliant to network policy, violating spam protocols, containing viruses or malware, or any user-defined criteria to prevent the packet from passing through the inspection node.

Deep traffic awareness can be acted upon to analyze user behavior, prioritize business-critical traffic, or stop data leaks.

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Identify all hidden threats

Deep packet inspection, also known as complete packet inspection, is used to monitor network traffic at the packet level. Unlike conventional packet filtering, DPI looks beyond just packet headers and examines the actual content of packets passing through a given checkpoint, like an APCON switch or a firewall, to locate, identify, and classify packets of a specific type or those with a certain type of payload and react accordingly.

Since DPI allows IT teams to categorize traffic based not just on data — like origin server IP, destination IP, or ports used — but also things like traffic type, relative or actual payload, they can search for non-compliance with protocols or filtering rules, spam, viruses, and malware. Based on inspection results, they can then classify, reroute, block, mask, or alert on packets that match.

This kind of packet inspection can provide immediate insight into network threats or slowdowns and determine whether reduced throughput is caused by the network or an application. For instance, with DPI, IT teams can identify harmful, excess, or unnecessary traffic that may need to be rerouted, filtered, or eliminated entirely.



  • Improve utilization reports

  • Ensure quality of service for users

  • Eliminate bottlenecks, latency, and slow data speeds

  • Classify and reroute or restrict specific network traffic

  • Prevent buffer overflow attacks, denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, spam, viruses, and malware

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Schedule a demo today for access to our online demo center and see WebXR's deep packet inspection capabilities using live traffic data.

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