How to Use Wireshark

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What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is a cost free application that allows you to capture and view the data travelling back and forth on your network.It provides the ability to drill down and read the contents of each packet — filtered to meet your particular needs. It is commonly utilized to troubleshoot network problems as well as to develop and test software.

Originally known as Ethereal, Wireshark is a very user-friendly and easy to use interface that can display data from many different protocols on all major network types. These data packets can be viewed in real-time or analyzed offline, with dozens of capture/trace file formats supported including CAP and ERF.Integrated decryption tools allow you to view encrypted packets for several popular protocols such as WEP and WPA/WPA2.

Downloading and Installing Wireshark

Wireshark can be downloaded at no cost from the Wireshark Foundation website for both macOS and Windows operating systems. . During the setup process (Windows only) you should choose to also install WinPcap if prompted, as it includes a library required for live data capture.

The application is also available for Linux and most other UNIX-like platforms including Red Hat, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

 

So what are you all waiting for?Just try using Wireshark and do let us know your experience using Wireshark, via comments.

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