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Wireshark review by Carlos  M.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Roberto  S.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Eduardo T.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Miguel Angel H.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Leonart M.
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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.

Recommendations to others considering the product

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 business 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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Wireshark review by Joseph A.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Camila C.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Brandon M.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Jean M.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Alex R.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Joseph M.
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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 business 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 review by Anthony Frank P.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Mehul S.
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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 business 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 business 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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Wireshark review by Philip N.
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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 business 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 review by Lauren K.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Tom B.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Bruce C.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Harmit S.
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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 business 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 review by Ahmed G.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Matthew G.
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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 business 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 review by Jason G.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by jake h.
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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 business 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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Wireshark review by Kajin K.
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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 individual packets being sent on the network, Wireshark is definitely the best choice!

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

In our project, we use Wireshark to track our company propriatary protocol packets being sent from our application on the network. Wireshark logs the packets and that helps us to analyze the individual packets in detail. It helps to debug some issues by verifying what data is exactly going and where the problem lies.

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Wireshark review by Richard R.
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"The go-to for network scanning in any network environment!"

What do you like best?

Wireshark offers a thorough scan of all packet traffic on our installed network which is essential in troubleshooting the wide array of network issues that may arise.

What do you dislike?

I have no dislikes of this product at this time. It does the job I expect it to do and without issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best, most complete solution for tracking your Ethernet network health.

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

As our business moves forward with streaming technology and more network-enabled devices, it is essential to get a detailed look at the health of the networks our equipment gets installed on so we may have a better understanding of what might be causing conflict between networked devices.

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Wireshark review by Megha G.
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"Must to learn for all network analysts"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is a must learn tool for all network analyst. Unlike other network traffic capture tools such as, Firebug, and Fiddler, wireshark provides many additional and interesting things. Wireshark helps in capturing any kind of a network packet. It can capture packet details below TCP/IP. It does have filters to reduce the noise it captures. The benefit of WireShark is that it could possibly show you errors in levels below the HTTP protocol. Fiddler will show you errors in the HTTP protocol. Also, its free and open source.

What do you dislike?

Overall wireshark is pretty useful tool, but sometimes the UI becomes non-responsive and you have to restart it again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would certainly recommend WireShark as network analyzer tool. It makes things simple and easy.

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

Using it to analyze the network traffic.

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"The most complete capture and analysis tool"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is a protocol analyzer used to perform analysis and solve problems in communications networks, for software development and protocols, and as a teaching tool.

The functionality it provides is similar to that of tcpdump, but it adds a graphical interface and many options for organizing and filtering information. Thus, it allows to see all the traffic that passes through a network (usually an Ethernet network, although it is compatible with some others) setting the configuration in promiscuous mode. It also includes a text-based version called tshark.

Allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file saved on disk. You can analyze the information captured, through the details and summaries for each package. Wireshark includes a complete language to filter what we want to see and the ability to show the reconstructed flow of a TCP session.

Wireshark is free software, and runs on most Unix and compatible operating systems, including Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Android, and Mac OS X, as well as Microsoft Windows.

What do you dislike?

If something is missing, it is a functional version for Android and IOS systems. Nowadays it is a widely extended environment and there are no tools powerful enough to do what Wireshark does in Android / IOS systems

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wireshark is recommended in many ways:

- Free distribution (GPL license)

- Multiplatform (more than 20 platforms)

- In constant evolution

- Practically the standard in protocol analysis tools.

- You can capture data from the network or read data stored in a file (from a previous capture).

- It has a very flexible interface.

- Great filtering capacity.

- Supports the standard format of tcpdump files.

- Reconstruction of TCP sessions

- It is compatible with more than 480 protocols.

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

I work with wireshark every day. For my team and for me it is an essential tool, since it allows us to characterize and analyze the behavior of the services we test.

We usually use it to detect problems due to poor implementation of communication protocols by applications.

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Wireshark review by Rohit S.
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"Wireshark - the ultimate packet analyzer"

What do you like best?

Wireshark helps best when it comes to troubleshooting network issues, packet related issues, SSL related issues. It helps in giving complete detail of the packet and great tools like graphs, conversations, streams to know what is going on in a tcp/udp communication

What do you dislike?

I didnt face any issues with wireshark so far

Recommendations to others considering the product

great tool for troubleshooting

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

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

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Wireshark review by Milad N.
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"The best network trace analysis "

What do you like best?

It is easy to use, it have most of protocol and it can identify protocols really good in most cases. it is one of the main tools in my work. it has good support for new protocols. the protocol field extraction is great and help me a lot in my work. the best thing is this software is free and I can use it.!

What do you dislike?

some times it cannot find the protocols mostly in webRTC and other tunneling applications. One of my problem is that its compatibility with mac OS. it takes lots of time to load. And also it would be great if it can have better performance. its GUI also makes some problems some times, eve in linux. just as a suggestion it would be great if the software has more analytic tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

one of the best network trace tools

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

I am a security and network researcher and I use it mostly on research problems. I use it to see how different protocols behave. In particular, I study the how worm and viruses behave in network.

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Wireshark review by User in Computer Networking
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"Awesome Packet Analyzer tool"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is one of the most popular packet analyzer tool used widely in networking companies to capture

and analyze packets

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike, this free software is so usefull that most of the networking companies use this on day to day basis

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wireshark is the most popular packet analyzer tool used in most companies today and also for network administrators. It can be installed on most common operating systems like Windows, MacOS, Linux, BSD etc. Its an free software and easy to install and use even for beginners. So many companies have compiled their interface ports so that it can be used for proprietary related works. Also once we capture the packets using Wireshark, we can create our own filters to do deep insight of related interested packets like eth.addr, dnsserver,gre,ntp,ftp etc. Also it has many Capture interfaces options like Bluetooth Network Connection, Local Area Connection (LAN), Wireless Network Connection. Also we can export the captured packets to our external machine and server. Also another helpful feature is we can directly to first packet, last packet, next packet, previous packet etc which is very usefull when we go directly go to any specified packet. We also have the option to save the captured packets as either pcap-ng or pcap. Also we have the option to automatically scroll to the last packet during live capture which is very usefull when are capturing the packets and want to analyze the last packets as we capture them in live. Also we can select a particular packet and either mark/unmark the packet. Overall I recommend others to try using Wireshark !!

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

We use Wireshark in capturing packets over the air, or wired capture from Access point. This tool is easy to use, helpful in analyzing the packets, on how networking things work in real life etc

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Wireshark review by Dan O.
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"Identify How Things Are Done "

What do you like best?

It's a fantastic solution to learn about how other websites are making things work, seeing what happens behind the scenes at a technical level.

It's a great packet analyser and can help identify network problems as well as assist with protocol development.

What do you dislike?

It has problems on some operating systems and computer setups. It's fiddly and there is a steep learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an extremely fiddling piece of software, I strongly recommend that you consider contracting an expert if you struggle with meeting your objectives.

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

I needed to understand how a competitor was achieving their live streaming. It meant that I was able to engage with the vendor and also identify competitive offerings.

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Wireshark review by Song F.
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"Wireshark is quite helpful to understand deeply network protocols of each layers. "

What do you like best?

1. The interface is basically user-friendly, it demonstrates the packet content based on each layer, you can choose whether to show the information of a certain layer or not. 2. The filter function is good, which enables me to see what I want to focus on, avoiding so many unrelated streams. 3. Meanwhile, following TCP stream is powerful. The statistics result is useful and makes the software easy to use. 4. Anyway, you can find a lot with Wireshark, but be sure you must use it legally.

What do you dislike?

Some small things: 1. I cannot directly copy what I want from the main windows except using right click, which will give me a whole line information instead of just source or destination information; 2. Each protocol information display can be optimized, is that possible to show it with a figure (The current layout is also good, I just curious whether the figure method is better).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wireshark is a free and basically easy network analysis tool. With it, you can know how network packets are encapsulated, how the packets are delivered between the source and the destination, and how network protocols work (e.g., three shake hand TCP protocol). Not just helpful, It is also fun, you can sniff and find which websites others are browsing (hah, be sure you do it legally).

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

I use it for cybersecurity study and research. It helps me understand protocols (e.g., ARP, TCP/UDP, DNS, etc.), network organizations deeply.

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Wireshark review by Shiva S.
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"Wireshark - The Open Source Network Analyser"

What do you like best?

- It is Free, Open Source and must learn for Network Analysts.

- standard tool used for network troubleshooting, optimization and security.

- relatively easy compared to other analyser (TCP/IP network analysis, NETSTAT, tcpdump).

- It is compatible and available on all platforms (LINUX, Debian, Windows, Solaris, BSD, OS X).

- Available as both Terminal (Wireshark) and non-Terminal (Tshark) based software.

- Filtering Protocols, locating bandwidth issues are easy and solvable.

- network problems with the packets transmission are readily identified and can be solved before the users do.

- The Best Network Sniffing tool, More you use, More you explore.

What do you dislike?

- If you have no knowledge about networks, then its very difficult to understand what is happening.

- The User Interface is very geeky, Lot of terminologies we should memorize before we start actually using it.

- If we are searching for a particular pattern or interface, we can deal with Wireshark easily. Otherwise it just a list of random lines with a load of information in each line.

- The update requires configuration of many files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Free, real, stable, open source and able to identify the issues before the use does are sufficient to say wireshark is the best network sniffing tool.

- If you are a novice programmer and interested in network engineering, Wireshark is a kick start.

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

- Being a Computer Science student, I start using this product as my new learning tool. Later on I used this tool for many of my network experiments, projects and internship work.

- Benefits : Free, Opensource, Best Wireshark Community support, Easy to understand what is really happening around your network.

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Wireshark review by Kiran K.
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Computer Software
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"A best tool to for network learners"

What do you like best?

This tool can be used to analyze packet transmission. It is free to use and it is relatively easy to use with some practice and reading through the user's guide. It can be used in different OS platforms like Windows, Mac, Ubuntu etc. A live data can be captured from different network interfaces and types. Filtering of packages is available. And also we can perform VoIP analysis.

What do you dislike?

Overall am satisfied with the product. Even interface can be modified better. Difficult for the beginners to operate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One of the best and powerful tool for network engineers. Go for it and experience the beauty of this product. You can learn most of the stuff from this. I didn't find any other tool which is better than this.

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

I am a computer science student and i frequently uses wireshark for various experiments. Even we used it in our projects to trace packet behavior. And also for learning purpose.

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Wireshark review by Gabriel F.
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Financial Services
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"A must-have tool for any networks engineer."

What do you like best?

Wireshark is an amazing tool when it comes to managing a network. It captures packets in real time, allowing you to deeply study the inner workings of the network you're connected to and the causes to some problems that may persist.

A wireshark probe can be placed in any interface, both ethernet or wifi, allowing packet control in any kind of computer networks interfaces. It even supports other kinds of packets such as VoIP.

Wireshark can capture packets over different layers of the OSI model.

Also, wireshark works great with virtual computer networks.

What do you dislike?

I find wireshark a very complete application. Overall, I don't dislike anything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you do a comprehensive study of the internet, its inner workings and protocols before trying to use wireshark, since it presupposes that you have said knowledge.

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

I use wireshark in an academic context, while performing different networking experiments in my university's telecommunications lab.

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"Great product"

What do you like best?

It does everything it says it does and it is very easy to use. I love the support documentation for the product as it is very easy to read and find what you need. It solved some of the issues I had for the product. I also liked how it was supported for both Linux based operating systems and windows systems.

It was very easy to learn and definitely monitored every kilobyte of traffic that went through my device(s).

What do you dislike?

One main thing I disliked was that after I installed it I had to configure my network and permission settings on Ubuntu before it recognized the various pre-configured networks on my device, whereas on Windows I just had to run it as administrator.

Also the software caused my Linux system to crash, but that may have been a hardware issue along with the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great tool if you work with any type of networking systems or if you need to monitor packets, capture packets and analyze traffic. It is free and easy to use, with almost no prior experience required. There are lots of help and documentation online if you ever get stuck.

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

I was working as a Systems QA Engineer at Bluecoat Systems. Our product analyzed traffic and modified traffic to the user's liking and to prevent hacks/viruses to get through the systems we had in place. With Wireshark I was able to detect if the change were being made properly by monitoring the traffic before it reached our system and monitoring the traffic after the traffic has passed through our system.

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Wireshark review by Tomin K.
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"Powerful tool for packet sniffing"

What do you like best?

Full of features, responsive interface, easy to install. No additional setup once installed, just start sniffing and go.

What do you dislike?

Interface is not always easiest to use or find specific features/function. Looks like it is made for power users and not attractive to new users trying to learn about packet sniffing. Would like to see ability to build GET/POST calls with a simpler and more friendly interface such as Postman. Had to run wizard again in order to apply update. Postman is a webapp so it does not require me to stop everything to install an update.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make it more user friendly. Icons are unintuitive without the necessary text to understand what the icons do.

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

Packet sniffing to capture calls made to external APIs. Mostly used for testing and diagnosing bugs.

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Wireshark review by Liz B.
Sr Manager, Marketplace Insights
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"Useful to analyze and troubleshoot network issues"

What do you like best?

Easy to record and view network activity and use that to understand issues. I have used it multiple times to resolve problems with my firewall.

What do you dislike?

It takes a little learning curve to figure out how to use it. My IT dept set it up and showed me how to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have someone show you how to use it as it's not as intuitive as other products.

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

I had issues with my firewall blocking a connection to the web. I was able to use Wireshark to record this connection attempt and identify what address was causing the issue.

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"Best tool of its kind"

What do you like best?

It has pretty much every feature I've needed somewhere in there. Apart from capturing packets you can also open previously saved files (e.g. .pcap files saved with tcpdump) which is pretty useful because it means you don't need to have wireshark on every node you want to do the packet capturing on.

The filters, coloring features and the protocol dissectors make it really easy to do quick visual trace analyzing but it also has tons of other analyzing features for different protocols.

Not saying it's perfect but I don't think there's currently any better software for the task.

What do you dislike?

The GUI isn't really fancy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, it's written with GTK which makes it kind of troublesome on platforms other than Linux, such as OSX. I do have some problems some times with the GUI (in OSX), like scrolling too far and being able to stop the scrolling until its finished.

Also, it would have been great if writing custom dissectors would have been a little easier, though its not something your going to do everyday.

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

I'm doing network and security related research. Everything I do with wireshark could be done without it I guess, by doing a little coding and without any GUI, but wireshark speeds up the process by a great deal.

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"Wireshark, step 1 in network troubleshooting"

What do you like best?

Wireshark is able to see all of the network packets that are being transferred across whatever NIC that is specified or multiple NICs.

I also like the fact that you are able to fire up wireshark and almost immediately start a trace as all of the NICs are displayed on the home menu.

I love that there is a large knowledge base and plenty of resources online to help with wireshark analysis of recordings. The community is also great and willing to help with any questions.

What do you dislike?

Wireshark can be quite cryptic if you are not familiar with basic networking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a free networking analysis utility that does a very good job of at its job. It can monitor the deepest layers of the network and is great for troubleshooting any issues.

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

Wireshark has helped us track down packet loss issues on our network and when our VPN has lost connection.

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Wireshark review by Sarina R.
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"Swim through the packets "

What do you like best?

I love how wireshark lets me swim through the Packets without Making waves

What do you dislike?

Nothing it’s all great I haven’t had any problems

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

I’m using it for ethical hacking

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Wireshark review by Valery T.
Coordinador de control de proyectos
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"Wireshark"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use, perhaps it lacks a little more color for the user but it is excellent for monitoring and collecting data.

What do you dislike?

It is a very good analyzer, helps solve problems very quickly and easily

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using the application will make it easier for you to analyze more accurately and quickly when a failure occurs..

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

Service failures, for business customers.

Easy resolution in a short time.

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Wireshark review by Paul W.
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"For tracking down those pesky error codes"

What do you like best?

WireShark is an intuitive, in-depth tool that provides a great deal of network information. When facing difficulties with permissions, packet loss, or network traffic in general, wire shark is our go-to tool for investigating issues.

What do you dislike?

If you are new to the product, it's very in-depth and can be a bit of a cluster to deep dive into troubleshooting. They've tried to simplify the interface as much as possible, however, the information returned requires a great deal of network infrastructure knowledge to track down the issue at hand.

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

We use this product to identify security permission issues that may be blocking web requests in customer environments. It's difficult to say, "you have security issues". With WireShark, we are able to identify the error code and typically diagnose when no other options are available.

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"Know what is happening on your network"

What do you like best?

Wireshark's very complex interface gives you insight to things you may not even perceive as potential issues for your network.

What do you dislike?

I feel like there needs to be more tutorials on how the program works. I spend a lot of time googling how do do things.

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

Like going to the doctor, sometimes you need a second opinion on something and that is what I mainly use it for.