10G tester recommendations?

We're in the market for a hand-held 10G ethernet tester, and I was curious if the NANOG community had any recommendations or experiences they would be willing to share, negative or positive.

Currently we're looking at the EXFO MAX-800 and NetScout's AT 10G, but we're open to other suggestions.

Thank you!

      - bryan

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We've used the Veex TX300 (now discontinued and replaced with the TX230S I
believe) and been satisfied. Our primary use is RFC 2544 testing, so I
don't know much about it's capabilities beyond that.

JDSU 5800 series .... very user friendly... nice reports... VNC remote connection so you can trigger test with out rolling a tech..

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What are you looking to test? Are you interested in having the kit
emulate many devices? Do you want to be able to test QoS
realistically? Do you care about one-way latency accurately?
Or is this more about proving the physical media is fine?

Mainly RFC2544 and physical media. QoS could be handy, but it's not as important as proving that the circuit is meeting our expectations from the carrier(s).

Then then EXFO is fine and much more affordable than Spirent or IXIA.