Wireshark Review

The must-have network analyzer.

Valuable Features:

This is the de-facto standard network protocol analysis tool. It's designed for network experts who need to do deep network packet analysis. Contains powerful filters and conversation views help to target relevant data. Open-source, multi-platform, and best of all, free.

Room for Improvement:

Good working knowledge of TCP/IP is needed to use this tool, including packet structure, headers, and ports. The volume of data on a typical TCP segment is so large that it can be challenging to capture and find the right data. Can't sniff wireless networks without additional hardware, e.g. wireless dongle.

Other Advice:

Somewhere out there, product managers are cursing Wireshark for providing such a great tool for free, when tools like this used to cost tens-of-thousands of dollars.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarsandeep (TATA Communications Ltd. (fka VSNL))
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Aaron well said and nicely summarized, Wireshark is a very user-friendly, simple to use but powerful tool that will keep you completely aware of what is going on under-the-hood of a network. Yes, the data gathered is too vast and challenging to capture but still it can be filtered. Above all, Wireshark is free. Novice could use Wireshark to study the nuts and bolts of a network and Expert could use it to troubleshoot or restructure the network.

Rightly, The must-have network analyzer for all from Novice to Expert ................