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"Review on WIreshark"

What do you like best?

Opens more than 20 capture formats I love how wireshark lets me swim through the Packets without Making waves To track the trace of the packages is absolutely useful and the tool is very powerful when analyzing wireless traffic.

What do you dislike?

No support for iPhone and iPad devices However, I hope that as time goes on they can add this language Nothing it’s all great I haven’t had any problems

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It is very easy to use and understandable. It is also advisable to carry out a previous study of the different documentation that can be obtained on the web, to have a better knowledge before starting to use it. - It has a very flexible interface

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Also verifying that there are no unauthorized devices connecting to our networks for intrusion or malicious activity Wireshark is my life, we use it daily for any network, packet related issues, Its lifeline for a IT troubleshooter support person like me, we are using it for our daily support cases The benefits are immense

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"Bast Software for analyzing packets sent through a network"

What do you like best?

It is multi-platform software available for both UNIX and Windows operating systems

Allows network to be monitored and check what is going on on your network

Measures data send and received through a network

It captures data from all media types including USB,Bluetooth and Ethernet just to mention a few

It captures packets sent through a network live and displays it in the user interface

provides the mechanism to save captured data for future reference

Saving of the data is allowed in different formats allowing it to be opened by different capturing software's

It also allows data captured and saved by different software's performing the same function to be opened by it

It is an open source software available for free without limitation on the number of computers to be used with

Its source code is readily available and therefore it allows addition of new protocols without interfering on the working of the software

Is a light software that is easy to install and initially doesn't take up a lot of space

What do you dislike?

Despite the fact that it allows you to monitor the network, it does not provide a mechanism to alert the administrator in case of strange things happening in the network.

It only measures data in the network but does not manipulate the data

Wireshark requires a lot of memory for larger organization with much busy a network with higher bandwidth therefore, it might end up crushing if it runs out of memory

It allows capturing of data on networks that supports pcap as it uses pcap itself

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wireshark is the best software for analyzing and monitoring data sent through a network. it allows monitoring abnormal behaviour in the data transfer process therefore provide information about the health of the network in an organization.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing and troubleshooting a network for busy organization can be sometimes hectic, wireshark provides the capability to check for strange happenings on the network, know how busy the network is and the, what kind of data is being transferred in the network and hence in case of a failure it would be easy to troubleshoot the network

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"Protocol analyzer in the network"

What do you like best?

I like this analyzer. But I must admit that it is very complex. It requires great study and knowledge in hash to understand the meaning of the information provided.

I use it for the discovery of the opening of ports within the organization and of the own network that I manage in my home. I can capture live data packets and the new capacity with the latest version of VoIP is amazing.

This analyzer has a search tool that allows you to better locate all the packages to obtain specifically the detail you desire.

I like that it is allowed by large operating systems that are well known today. also that is very promiscuous with the robust mode. its interface is very flexible and wide, can reach up to more than 480 protocols according to what I have researched of the tool.

What do you dislike?

My native language is Spanish and this language is not yet supported within Wireshark. This sometimes makes it difficult to understand certain points and therefore I must carry out the translation with special software.

Unlike Zenmap if you allow Spanish. However, I hope that as time goes on they can add this language.

A factor that I consider key as a disadvantage is that from the same interface it is already very overloaded, very heavy. I think it should be able to be configured in the way that the user likes.

Of the rest, this application is excellent and very useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The personal recommendations for the basic users would be that we know better how it works and how the TCP / IP protocols are distributed. Having the essential knowledge will allow us to locate the exact area we want to analyze and the range of extension.

With this in mind we will obtain better results and we can take advantage of time and resources. Since this tool is free for the moment I think we can continue to make the most of it.

I sincerely recommend it so that we can see the health of our network

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For the company I have been able to identify the different types of ports and protocols that represent a security breach within our system and therefore; They have attacked immediately.

This has been of great benefit since it has allowed a greater distribution and performance for everyone in the workplace and we feel more secure with the network.

In the personal field, in the network of my home I have been able to supervise the correct functioning of my connected devices and verify for myself what are failing to provide a correct optimization and the benefits have been seen immediately; the internet is now more fluid without lost packages.

All thanks to the inspection conducted with Wireshark!!!

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"Analyze your packet frames with Wireshark"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is one of the best sniffer tools available today. The facility to apply filters is extremely valuable and allows to verify the headers of the packets in each protocol, being able to analyze TCP, UDP, ICMP, QUIC, etc. It is great that you can add a plot captured with other software and here you can review it, you can also do a real-time analysis of the network. In short, it is an indispensable program for all professionals in networks.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing wrong with Wireshark, it is very well achieved and supported. The learning curve is high and it takes time to get the most out of its potential, but I do not see this as a disadvantage but it is a tool for expert users who can take advantage of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do not use large packet frames with Wireshark because it will stay on. Learn to use the filters before starting to capture frames, with this you can better classify your searches and refine your search for the error. If you are a new user, take the time to learn all the features and learn how to use the software. Remember that this tool is free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits that Wireshark gives us are multiple but in particular I like the way I can see the webs of wireless networks and discern in it to get the problem. Wireshark is the perfect protocol analyzer to get the point of the network that is failing, the packets do not lie. Therefore, bandwidth, congestion, latency, etc. failures can be diagnosed.

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"great packet analyzer"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is a great tool when you need to see the source of a connection problem or similar, checking the TCP / UDP packets you get great information about this. The ease of use and the application of filters to analyze packet frames is very good, the analysis that can be practiced with this is very useful to detect problems in the transport layer. It is very helpful the way in which each package is shown, placing everything in 3 sections that allow to visualize each element of it.

What do you dislike?

To get the most out of this software, you need to be an IT user and really know what Wireshark is going to use. Another negative aspect is that it can be stopped with large packages, exceeding one million or a million and a half of them. You may stop responding if you use RDP.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wireshark is not an IDS. If you need to analyze traffic you can use it without inconvenience, but do not ask for things that you can not do. It is a network tool for non-massive captures. Keep in mind that medium / advanced knowledge is required for a great use of Wireshark.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The best thing that Wireshark has solved are the connectivity problems in the network, verifying the packages there will be no doubt that it causes the problem. Another use that has been given is to verify problems with bandwidth and speeds. The ideal solution to a ticket with this tool is to start a capture as close to the end point and evaluate the causes of the situation presented. It really is very useful with wireless networks.

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"The best packet analyzer, helps solve problems"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is a great traffic analyzer in the transport layer. The configuration of different profiles to adjust to each problem is very good, the breakdown of the packages for their analysis also allows to identify the source of the problem and to be able to solve it. To track the trace of the packages is absolutely useful and the tool is very powerful when analyzing wireless traffic.

What do you dislike?

The handling of very large files is not the most suitable (millions of packages approximately) since downloading them can slow down the program. Also the function to match a search filter is not as intuitive as possible and you could also add more features to identify the traffic by interface or virtual networks.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The more knowledge you have about TCP / IP, the more benefits you can get from Wireshark. Be sure to install WinPCap properly. Wireshark is not a security tool in real time, its greatest strength is the analysis of packages take into account this at the time of use and not put on expectations that will not meet. To capture large quantities of packages better use another tool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The most important thing that Wireshark brings is the possibility of solving problems in the primary source (the packages), this benefit is priceless for a network security engineer and offers enormous flexibility to remedy vulnerabilities, performance degradation, etc. Identification of connection problems can also be done with this software.

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"Using Wireshark"

What do you like best?

Wireshark es una poderosa herramienta de sniffer, otorga muchas opciones de filtrado de packetes y se puede analizar muy afondo cada paquete, desde los protocolos que usa, hasta las direcciones ip origen destino, al igual que las direcciones mac, y mejor aun si no esta cifrado los mensajes se puede ver en texto plano. lo que mas me gusta de esta herramienta es que a pesar de tener grandes caracteristicas, se puede utilizar para funciones sencillas y para usuarios basico con pocos conocimiento de la red.

What do you dislike?

what is most displeasing wireshark is that having so many features and different options is a bit complicated to use 100%, you should study the tool very well to be able to use it completely with all its functions.

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is an excellent product completely recommended, excellent interface, its use is not easy but it has very basic functions that can be performed, the tool must be studied a lot. undoubtedly one of the best sniffer to perform pentesting tests and also to find problems in the network.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is used to perform sniffer of the network, combined with port span in the switches and to perform pentesting tests. It is also an excellent tool for study, since in the course of networks it is sometimes necessary to use sniffer and this is the most practical for basic options that are requested.

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"Analyze your traffic"

What do you like best?

With WireShark you can analyze what happens to a wired or wifi network with great accuracy. You just have to define which interfaces you want to monitor and you can quickly see the package traffic that exists throughout the network. With Wireshark, you will see the amount of traffic that circulates through the network and it's totally useless, and with this information define rules to avoid it.

What do you dislike?

There are lot of information to take care, and the first times it's a bit hard realize what is useless traffic and what it's important.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I can recommend this program to all system administrators who find themselves with saturated networks or with loss ratios of very high packages and need to find out where the problem is.

It is free and works perfectly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use WireShark to analyze networks of clients that suffer from saturation in their network, usually due to poorly configured services.

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"Best Network Analyzer Tool "

What do you like best?

Wireshark is similar temperament for eventualities within which the technical difficulties area unit being featured.

A lot of times we have a tendency to aren't responsive to however computers really speak with one another.

With Wireshark, you'll be able to learn this subject thoroughly and facilitate yourself and your colleagues shut in anyone is facing any type of networking connected issues.

Many people simply use the pc system for basic tasks and sometimes tend to induce stuck on straightforward things like if the system isn't able to retrieve the science from the router. when you learn these ideas you'll be able to simply solve these issues.

Light-weight computer code - doesn't need high-end specifications additionally runs swimmingly on bequest systems, Filter perform permits you to filter your packets from thousands to tens therefore on realizing your target a lot of easier and cooccurring capturing on all the network adapters - you'll be able to capture packets from all the Network Interface Cards (NIC's) right away.

What do you dislike?

Finding fault with Wireshark is hard, except for the enterprise user, the obvious issue is that the lack of formal documentation and support. it's the quality disadvantage of capturing packets that may not mirror actual network traffic as a result of the info is captured domestically. Not a flaw of Wireshark, specifically, however of any domestically run sniffing software package.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wireshark is employed in our organization for observation the network traffic and troubleshooting just in case we have a tendency to face any network connection problems. it's one the foremost used software system that allows you to dissect the network packet to the tiniest details and pull out any network connected info. it's utilized by our department solely and not by everybody across the organization. Our job needs creating all the systems and communications across the systems to run swimmingly. thus we have a relentless session running on all the systems via Wireshark and just in case of any drawback, we have a tendency to quickly dump all the network packets and filter its victimization superb filter perform of Wireshark so ascertain the matter. while not software system, it'd take hours or perhaps days to resolve the issues.

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"An essential tool in my toolbox."

What do you like best?

Wireshark is easy to use and to collect network traffic with. The software has some features that make the analysis much quicker. Protocols filters could sort the data and hide the information that isn't needed in a particular moment to ensure a transparent interface. Also, the tool colors network packets, which has been captured depending on the type of the packets. All the facilities enable you to filter out an uninteresting stream and simplify the process of analyzing the traffic and viewing the potential intrusion (by following the TCP stream), but it isn't the best IDS. The software also great integrates with the virtual environment.

What do you dislike?

Customization and setup take some effort, as the primary settings could be annoying for beginners. There are many vivid colors and columns, so getting used to the configuration takes some time. The amount of data can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend Wireshark, as it is an essential tool for network engineers. It's simple software and perfectly fulfills the primary function, that is checking what is happening between point A and point B on the network.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the software to troubleshoot network issues. The network traffic is captured and then could be analyzed. It is an essential tool in my toolbox.

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"A valuable tool for anyone working with networks"

What do you like best?

Wireshark does an amazing job at breaking down packets. The best part is the capability to filter the live packet capture. There are a lot of very detailed filters you can use.

What do you dislike?

There has been a known issue that Wireshark will not always see your network adapters upon first running, but this is resolved with running it in administrator mode at least once. However it is not recommending to always run Wireshark as administrator.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Even if you don't need to use this product for professional use, I highly recommend trying it out on your home network or in an educational setting. It is useful as a great learning tool for anyone interested in the field.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In school to identify particular problems and also to identify if any unauthorized access is on my network. I have used Wireshark to troubleshoot simple to complex issues. Some of the benefits are the capability to filter live packet captures, save and review old packet captures, and run the program without admin rights. This is just a few benefits of the many this program has.

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"Capturing all network traffic with WireShark."

What do you like best?

WireShark is undoubtedly the best application for the capture of traffic in a network, since it easily and easily allows any network administrator to know what happens at a specific time within a network.

It allows the capture of traffic of multiple protocols, to then filter them and thus be able to perform a better analysis of the information collected, as well as it allows to export this information to an XML, CSV or TXT file so that another person can see the results obtained.

An excellent feature of Wireshark is that it is available on all platforms with the highest demand, and all have the same interface.

Despite being an open source application, WireShark has constant improvements that keep it relevant in the market and position it very well within the community of network administrators.

What do you dislike?

So far there is nothing that I dislike about Wireshark, maybe a little the learning process to master it, but actually wireshark fully meets all my needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The best recommendation is to try this solution, since it can considerably facilitate the resolution of problems or problems within any network.

It is also advisable to carry out a previous study of the different documentation that can be obtained on the web, to have a better knowledge before starting to use it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WireShark allows me to perform trobleshooting of problems that can occur within any corporate or home network, quickly and easily without the need to make a monetary investment in any application.

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"A must have in the toolkit of every network engineer"

What do you like best?

OS support is great. The interface in Linux, Windows, and MacOSX is almost the same so it's easy to switch between machines It's even possible to run it on android to take a packet capture. It's the best tool to start to troubleshoot a hard network problem, it may not solve it but it will point you in the right direction.

What do you dislike?

No support for iPhone and iPad devices.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you work with networks you need this, there is no other option, It's a must have in the network engineer toolkit.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's an essential tool, without it my job could be a lot more painful

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"A must have for anyone in the networking field."

What do you like best?

Wireshark does an amazing job at breaking down packets. The best part is the capability to filter the live packet capture. There are a lot of very detailed filters you can use.

What do you dislike?

There has been a known issue that Wireshark will not always see your network adapters upon first running, but this is resolved with running it in administrator mode at least once. However it is not recommending to always run Wireshark as administrator. Also, it would be nice for further troubleshooting on a network to be able to sniff HTTPS traffic, but for obvious reasons this is not exactly a bad thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Even if you don't need to use this product for professional use, I highly recommend trying it out on your home network. It is also useful as a great learning tool for anyone interested in the field.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work as a Network Administrator so I use this tool on a near daily basis. I have used Wireshark to troubleshoot simple to complex issues. Some of the benefits are the capability to filter live packet captures, save and review old packet captures, and run the program without admin rights. This is just a few benefits of the many this program has.

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"A Must Have Tool for any Network Administrator"

What do you like best?

Wireshark enables you to see all the traffic of a network interface, or network, so you can filter all that data so you can then analize it and understand what is happening in you network, it really ease all trobleshooting scenarios, where you need to go deeper to see what is causing any problem.

Wireshark is one of the top ten (and maybe top five) application that any network adminsitrator need, because improve his productivity and give you a new way of see and understand a network.

Like any other open source software, wireshark have a very long learning curve, and you need time to master the main funtions, and trust me, you will never use all the features that wireshark give to you.

Wireshark count with big community of colaborators that offer all their knowlege and all across the web you will find a lot of documentation that will help you to master the application.

In conclusion, Wireshark is a neccesary tool for anyone who call itself Network Administrator.

What do you dislike?

So far there`s nothing that i really dislike about wireshark, maybe the learning process a little bit, but is something that i`m used to it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This a must have app in your environment if you want to understand way better any network that you admin.

Try it, you won't regret it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are improving our time in troubleshoot an issue that may be unknown for us.

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"Wireshark - Capture and analyze information from any network"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is a network packet analyzer, a utility that captures all types of information that passes through a connection. Wireshark is free and open source, and can be used to diagnose network problems, perform security audits and learn more about computer networks.

Analysis of data in real time or saved.

Compatible with more than 480 protocols.

Opens more than 20 capture formats.

Abundant online documentation.

Like many utilities of its kind, Wireshark can be used for all kinds of purposes, and only the correct use of its functionalities depends on you.

What do you dislike?

Very high learning curve. It's good but you have to improve. It is a good program which I recommend. What has disappointed me have been the mistakes he has given me when making certain captures, but in the end, a free program can not be demanded anymore, I just hope that they will be corrected soon. And it is that I do not know why instead of filling it with so many options they are dedicated first to make him do his main task well. The graphical interface still leaves to be desired, and the menus and windows a bit disorganized.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Like many utilities of its kind, Wireshark can be used for all kinds of purposes, and only the correct use of its functionalities depends on you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Is designed for "professionals" and with it I simply want to say that it is not easy to use at first, and especially with regard to filters, you will have to read some other manual to learn certain uses.

One of the main uses of Wireshark is the capture of packages, whose contents (messages, code, or passwords) are visible with a click. The data can be filtered, copied to the clipboard or exported.

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"Best for solving network connection problems"

What do you like best?

This is one of the best software for people who are learning network communication. It is a packet analyzer and a perfect tool for troubleshooting. The best thing about it is that it uses Pcap to capture packets in a network during a connection. The biggest advantage of this software is that it can be used on multiple Operating System such as Unix, Linux, Windows, MacOS. It captures the data from the live network connection.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about this software. But the user has to install a software called Pcap which is offered along with the installation of wireshark. Ofcourse, it is the user choice to install it or not but for better result one has to install it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

People who are planning to began their career in networking, this is the best tool in the market to understand the concepts of Networking.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using it to troubleshoot network connection problems. The benefits are immense. It is so simplified because it provides you the coloured display of particular fields in the packet which help the user to identify a particular type of package at a glance. The user can even choose the colour they like to represent a particular set of packages. It provides a description of the queries which helps the user to understand what a particular message is doing in the network. For a beginner who is trying to understand the network connection, it is a boon. The biggest feature of this software is that it also captures the VoIP media which can be even played on the same platform. It can also be used to capture the USB data flow.

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"One of the best software to learn about telecom network management in detail."

What do you like best?

The best part of the software is how you can apply filter and just take the filtered out data. How easily you can understand the concept of 3 way handshaking. Gives you detailed information about what are the status of the flags in the network. We can also see what is the source and destination IP addresses. Very easy to use and one of the best software to learn about telecom network management in detail.

What do you dislike?

For me there is nothing that I dislike about this software. The features and the details provided by this software puts everything that you dislike about telecom network management behind.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this software to learn about telecom network management in detail and also to learn about how we can trace the path of packets and other features in detail. Really amazing software it helps me in understanding the theoretical concepts which I have studied by using it practically and actually seeing what you study is not hypothetical and it is real.

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"No other LAN scanning tool works as good"

What do you like best?

The ease of use. Having network issues relating to IP conflicts or maybe an entire network IP range isn't working? Wireshark makes it easy to diagnose and logically see what is connected to your network infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

I have always had an issue running updates straight from the software. My solution is that I just download the newest version from the website when my software tells me there is an update.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building network infrastructures as prisons across our state while verifying we are not overlapping IP ranges already in place. Also verifying that there are no unauthorized devices connecting to our networks for intrusion or malicious activity

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"Wireshark"

What do you like best?

It has instuitive filters that allow locating the searched trace and quickly locate the protocols, it is easy to install, and easy to use. In our case we use wireshark to analyze traces of SIP signaling from voip and wireshark allows you to see the call flow is excellent

What do you dislike?

when the capture is of many packages, the system can be slow, in addition to understand the traces it must possess advanced knowledge in the matter of networks tcp / ip

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is the best and most popular packet analyzer and is fully accessible I recommend it fully

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every time it is required to perform analysis and traffic, capture packets, mirror a port, we use wireshark to analyze the data and reach conclusions and diagnose faults

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"Best packet analyzer"

What do you like best?

The filter and capture feature- which is amazing in a way. I can actually filter out the protocols I am trying look for,

What do you dislike?

the wifi capture- this is kind of a feature that does not capture the whole thing. It is kind of lame sometimes.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Worth using wireshark if you are looking to trouble shoot network related issues, or just looking to monitor the network, or working on a simple project to check network traffic flow.

Wireshark is a tool designed for anyone needing to monitor their network for security or performance issues. Wireshark will meet the needs of the single-home user all the way up to the enterprise-level user. And because Wireshark can read captured information from applications like Snoop, Sniffer, and Microsoft Network Monitor, it can also serve as an additional tool for network analysis.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Troubleshooting network connectivity, tracing for intrusion. managing incoming packets.

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"Ethernet debug made comprehensive"

What do you like best?

Wireshark handles all the Ethernet problems I encounter in the field. Even better, most technicians I work with know how to capture sessions and can send them to me for diagnosis without travel.

What do you dislike?

It is a steep learning curve. Most people do not know how to create analysis scripts to break data down into detailed information for custom sub-protocols and profiles.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your need is troubleshooting Ethernet networks and interactions between devices and servers, this is the tool you have to have. Spend the time learning to use it well, and you will save much more time in the critical analysis when the pressure is on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wireshark is the only tool that gets me the information I need to solve customer problems. It is vitally important for troubleshooting large complex industrial Ethernet networks with many devices.

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"Pull out any details from your network packets using Wireshark"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is an amazing software which can be used on any Operating System, whether it is a Linux box or a Windows machine. Wireshark runs on all the systems and can also run on old systems because the software is very small in size and does not require much of computing power while being used. It simply starts capturing on the interface card you’d select and once done you can save all the details and start investigating each packet one by one.

What do you dislike?

Cons for this software are really limited as it does its job well. One improvement (not a con) that I can think about this software is that the way how it presents its data can be improvised. It can change some of its interface to make the data or packets in-depth information more intuitive. Other than this, this is an amazing software and does not require any real time improvements.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this application to beginners/ users out there because this application helps you to learn the network concepts. It is highly recommended to learn how the data flows between computers so as to become an efficient computer programmer.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My daily job requires me develop web applications. Proper functioning of these applications highly depends on the network connections and proper sockets being used for all the traffic. Almost all the time we face issues in which we are unable to connect with the application some way or the other, so this Wireshark helps us to troubleshoot all these problems and lets us dissect each packet and find out the problem.

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"Closely Monitor your Network Traffic - Wireshark"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is one of the best tools in capturing your network traffic\ packets and troubleshooting in case of any issues being faced. This tool is highly useful and easy to use, You can simply select which Network Interface Card (NIC) you want to capture the traffic and then you can start capturing all the packets from it. It will include all the packets including all the protocols and you can dig into every tiny bit of the packet whether it be any header or hash, you will be able to view all the minute details using this software. It is also highly useful when you're trying to troubleshoot in case of any networking problem. This software lets you dig into every packet and let you find out what is the problem due to which networking is not being possible.

What do you dislike?

The interface of this application is a bit poor. You will tend to lose interest within some time while using this software. Pixelated options aren't very much fascinating to work with. Regardless of the high-end features this software provides, the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is not very good. If it was good people can use this software to debug problems for prolonged hours.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would definitely recommend this software to people who work in the IT domain and have to debug network related problems regularly. You can dig to the deepest level possible in computer networking using this software. Wireshark will also help you to understand concepts of how computer systems talk to each other from the granular level, you can see every packet flowing inward/ outward and see how systems talk with each other, authenticate and then complete the tasks.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a systems administrator so I use this software almost daily for finding flaws within networking. It has a number of features and filters which can be used to minimize packets to a large extent because if you ever see traffic on a single computer, it comes out to be thousands of packets within minutes, and for me when I work on debugging problems on multiple systems it becomes hard assessing such a large number of packets at once. So it is really helpful software.

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"If you work in networks you need to understand wireshark"

What do you like best?

It's multi-platform works like a charm in Linux, Windows, and MacOSX, you can do a packet capture of ethernet or wifi and as long as you have more than 1 network connection you can be still connected on the other connection. If you understand how to use the tool you understand the basics of troubleshooting internet connections.

What do you dislike?

It's my favorite tool ever but it can be hard to master.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you work or want to work with networks you need to understand this software, not necessarily use it, but at least understand how it works, it's like an ax for a lumberjack

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network packet capture and troubleshooting with the data gathered.

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"Best tool for analysing data packets"

What do you like best?

It is a network packet analyser. It is very simple to use. You just need to open the TCP data packets dump file captured for your transactional traffic with wireshark or drag-drop the dump file to it. It shows exactly the data in bytes what was transferred and what would be sent/received at the other side of the spectrum.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't has any feature to detect intrusion. It will not warn if something strange is happening on your network.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is one of the best open source software for analyse network packet data. It is very easy to use and understandable.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a measuring device to examine what is going on inside the network cable. In the past, such tools have been either very expensive or proprietary or both. Wireshark is perhaps one of the best open source packet analysers.

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"Wireshark Technical Review"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is one of my favorite tools to analyse traffic and trace network, it save me lot of effort writing down my own parsers for dumpcap. I love the UI it is very helpful, the color coding, ability to filter streams, fetch the TCP packets and check content, dump it for later use. I use almost all these feature to trace and debug my application on low level networking that is almost impossible with my web browser.

What do you dislike?

However Wireshark is this useful, I have spent long time to learn and discover it, this is something I hated in the start, also sometimes I get stucked in the application trying to do some task that and it become very hard that at the I end I prefer to do it manually, this is not too often however, I thing if wireshark allows scripting this will be nice feature up there, and it will be my very favorite networking application.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wireshark is your supporter in network tracing, this means you do need to know network before as it never assume you don't know what you are doing, don't mess with it unless you know what you do, or you decided to take the risk.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use wireshark in tracing my network in case I'm working with socket inside my web application, it is easy to monitor network and dump capture files with it than using the CLI application that maybe not this usable.

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"The only well-recommended network sniffing tool"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is super granular. If you have something over your network to debug/uncover, this program will find it. It is SUPER detailed, catches everything, and can dump the data live - and it's a ton of data. It basically leaves no stone unturned - I've used it both at home and at work and it's always thorough. It'll paint a clear picture of what's happening on a network and you can create whatever test environment (or go on location), switch it on, and get your data.

What do you dislike?

When I say thorough, I mean it. Wireshark does not do a great job of helping you find exactly what you're looking for. It dumps raw data into HUGE files that you need to look for. If you don't have a knowledge of networking it really won't help with much, because you need a hypothesis to validate or a pattern you're looking for, otherwise it's just going to look like a lot of lines.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's the best for what it does, just know that it won't solve your problems for you. It's for people who understand networks and know what they're looking for. If you don't have that background, borrow someone who does for a day and they can get to the bottom of things.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company streams video wirelessly over local networks (PC to TV) so network problems plague us. We use Wireshark to see what effects different network conditions have on our streams and to find the physical limitations to different setups. We can take our computer to noisy networks, apartments with high interference from nearby routers, locations where walls block signal, etc. and see what's happening on the packet level. The results let us implement changes in code that fix problems or at least advise users on ways to fix their network setup if a problem is encountered. This saves us a ton of time and money on support tickets.

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"Wireshark is the best, free software in analyzing packets"

What do you like best?

Wireshark helps me troubleshoot more advance network issues whether voice or data. It can analyze what's happening on each packet as it traverse through out the network. Also it has the feature to convert hex dump codes to pcap without needing any third party application. I usually use that when I am analyzing packets from cisco switches. With the benefits I have stated above, Wireshark is free which is the best!

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I can dislike to a free software that saves my ass everyday in every issues escalated to me.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wireshark is free!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Advance voice and data issues for both our external and internal network

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"easy and simple, works on multiple platforms."

What do you like best?

Wireshark is very easy and simple to use. It works on both real time and virtual environments. Different filters for different protocols can easily be applied on the search results to filter out the required result. It provides data in a logical manner with proper color codes making it easier to pick data.

What do you dislike?

It requires elevated privileges which can be troubling at times. Its captured packets may not reflect actual network traffic as packets are captured locally. Also it just has a desktop version.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wireshark helps troubleshoot problems in a network by tracking down unmanaged switches and hubs. It also helps find speed issues for an internal application slowing down between geographical locations.

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"Very effective tool for monitoring network packets!!"

What do you like best?

Wireshark traces each and every network packet going from/coming to your machine. We normally use Wireshark to track our company proprietary protocol packets while working with our application. It not only tracks the packets but also, one can explore individual packets to see what data is being sent/received!

What do you dislike?

Only one point which I dislike about Wireshark is that, it takes lot of effort to integrate it with your own application. For Example, if you want to read the Wireshark files (.pcapng) from your application and read the data from the packets, its a bit of overhead.

Otherwise as a standalone application, nothing can beat Wireshark.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If one is looking for a network packet analyzer which can help you track and analyze the indiv