An established premier packet analyzer


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Pros & Cons:

De-facto packet analyzer, captures packets of standard ethernet, PPP and VPN interfaces.

Our Review:

Wireshark (formerly Ethereal) has established itself as the premier packet analyzer. It can capture packets of standard Ethernet, PPP and VPN interfaces.

I have used it many times to identify people running heavy reports bringing servers down to a crawl.

Wireshark requires installation of Windows Packet Capture package (WinPcap). WinPcap allows for other software to 'listen' secretly to the information coming and going through the network card on the computer. I found it better to install the latest WinPcap first, rather than versions included with the programs.

A portable version of Wireshark is available from the developer.

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