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Wireshark is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Network Troubleshooting tools. It is most often compared to SolarWinds NPM: Wireshark vs SolarWinds NPM

What is Wireshark?
Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer.
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What users are saying about Wireshark pricing:
  • "It is free."
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."

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Henry A. McKelvey
Systems\Communications Engineer at NAACP
Real User
Top 10
Filters enable traffic to be segmented so that a value can be looked at individually apart from the other traffic

What is our primary use case?

I use it for network investigation, I even have a patent for the simplification of Protocol Analysis. I have used Wireshark many times to troubleshoot network situations and problems. The patent solved the problem of troubleshooting where you needed to know the direction and course a packet takes in the network which helps with the ability to know where problems lie in the network. We developed the system to actually troubleshoot an entire network through the use of network probes, which acted as smaller protocol analyzers.

Pros and Cons

  • "I use the filters very often, to determine what type of traffic I am looking for. The use of filter allows traffic to be segmented so that a value can be looked at individually apart from the other traffic."
  • "The system could be improved upon by adding a better and more powerful data processing engine."
AC
Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Free, stable, good community support, and useful for investigation and network visibility

What is our primary use case?

I used it for a couple of school projects last semester. We basically had to emulate how to capture packets in transit in a network. After capturing those packets, we analyzed them. We also had to break down email messages and dig out pictures inside email messages. It was deployed through a cloud. They had set up a subscription for a class VM.

Pros and Cons

  • "Being able to dissect email data and figure out what is inside email messages was the most valuable feature. Such a feature is pretty helpful for an ongoing forensic investigation or when there is a potential insider threat that you are trying to investigate. It allows you to see the network activity of the users you are investigating. It also gives you more visibility into your network. It was very easy to set up. There is a lot of information out there on Google and YouTube about how to use it. There is also community support. If you have any trouble, it is pretty easy to find an answer online. You will have to do some digging only if you have a very specific use case."
  • "Its user interface was a little less friendly. They can make its user interface a little bit more friendly. It is for technical people, and most of the technical people would be able to figure it out, but it would be good to improve its user interface. They can maybe build artificial intelligence into it. Currently, it takes a lot of manpower to analyze and dissect all the data."

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to have a game plan for it because there is a lot of data that goes into it. You can analyze a lot of data. Having a very strategic game plan would be ideal. I would rate Wireshark a ten out of ten.
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Brad Wilson
Owner at QOS NETWORKING INC
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use with a good command syntax, support protocol capture, works well for network troubleshooting

What is our primary use case?

I basically use Wireshark for network troubleshooting.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has a good syntax to put the commands in and get information out of."
  • "The only thing that I don't like is sometimes there is an update, and something that I was using is either no longer there or it has changed."

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product for quick and easy troubleshooting. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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