Free and open source packet analyzer, which is extremely powerful and customizable.Captures real time data from a variety of network interfaces and types, and also displays data from previously captured files.Over 850 protocols are supported, including common protocols like IP and DHCP and also advanced protocols, like AppleTalk and IPX.The tool is compatible with all major operating system platforms including Windows, MAC, and Linux.GUI layout is user friendly and straightforward, which provides protocol-based color coding and comprehensive graphical representation of raw data.
Room for Improvement:
Built-in help system is not robust.Advance knowledge is required for protocol analysis.
Wireshark is incredibly powerful, user-friendly, and a free tool, which is capable of live capture and offline analysis of traffic on any size network.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Jul 16 2012