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Erik Ruwalder
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Making different profiles to tune the tool for the problems at hand, the graphing options, to customize the screen layout, etc. Also, shines for wireless troubleshooting… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the ability to pinpoint problems and to communicate network problems with software and hardware vendors. The packets never lie!

What needs improvement?

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. This is no complaint… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is free to download and install. It runs on multiple platforms, so how can you go wrong?

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used it more or less since 2001. So no, I did not use a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

If you profile yourself as a network specialist, and don't use it, I would not trust you on my network. It is even referenced in the book "TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol. 1", the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In those days, there was a tool "Sniffer", but it was too expensive.
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

The people to whom I have introduced this product have found it a great tool to analyze packets. Instead of troubleshooting by trial and error, they have a way to investigate, verify, and then apply a solution. Of course, to derive value from the product, you must know its features.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used Microsoft's Network Monitor, but with due respect to Microsoft, I prefer Wireshark.
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Yafes Duygulutuna
Real User
Sr. Security Engineer at SugarCRM
Mar 05 2018

What is most valuable?

I can save the traffic and analysis when I want to. Also, it's especially helpful to follow the stream (TCP, UDP, etc.).

How has it helped my organization?

It has help me to * solve network and transaction issues * understand protocols and application communication * check quality * solve security issues.

What needs improvement?

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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's free.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Sometimes I need to use tcpdump when I need to check the packets on CLI.

What other advice do I have?

I believe everyone should use this tool if they need to analyze packets.
Real User
ArcSight Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Packet analysis and filtering. Packet-capture files can be hard to use due to their size. Wireshark has a tool called tshark that can parse the files without opening them so that you can take large captures, say 2-10GB, and return only relevant information.

What needs improvement?

The UI redesign threw me for a loop but I have learned to overcome it. The product is great but I wish there were more of an emphasis on the command line tools.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a standalone tool. If there is a commercial license for it I am unaware of it.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you are comfortable installing the WinPcap driver for packet collection. This tool could be used maliciously to capture data on your network.

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