Wireshark Pros and Cons

Wireshark Pros

Erik Ruwalder
Network Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It gives us the ability to pinpoint problems and to communicate network problems with software and hardware vendors.
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it_user260115
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The drill-down available for packet analysis is great. It gives a network security engineer insight into what is going on at the packet level and enables better troubleshooting.
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Yafes Duygulutuna
Sr. Security Engineer at SugarCRM
I can save the traffic and analysis when I want to. Also, it's especially helpful to follow the stream (TCP, UDP, etc.).
Setup is very easy. It's also possible to change source code and compile if you want to change something in the code, because it's free.
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it_user393891
ArcSight Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Packet-capture files can be hard to use due to their size. Wireshark has a tool called tshark that can parse the files with out opening them so that you can take large captures, say 2-10GB, and return only relevant information.
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Wireshark Cons

Erik Ruwalder
Network Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Big trace files (more than 1,000,000 packets) can be slow, but then you can use "TraceWrangler" (also free) to help with slicing and dicing the data.
It is not an easy program. You will need to study to use it to its full capabilities (follow a course).
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it_user260115
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The Wireshark search function shows green for a correct search and red for an incorrect search. If there were a way to provide a description about what a search - and the similar ones which are available - can do, while a person is typing it, it would make the product easier to use and simultaneously decrease the learning curve.
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Yafes Duygulutuna
Sr. Security Engineer at SugarCRM
It needs the ability to follow multiple interfaces for specific traffic from different network zones/virtual networks. It would help to understand how any packet is going through the network.
Sometimes I need to use tcpdump when I need to check the packets on CLI.
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it_user393891
ArcSight Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
The product is great but I wish there were more of an emphasis on the command line tools.
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