Nmap vs. Wireshark

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nmap
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Nmap is a free, open source network discovery, mapper, and security auditing software. Its core features include port scanning identifying unknown devices, testing for security vulnerabilities, and identifying network issues.
$49,980
one-time fee
Wireshark
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Wireshark is an open source network troubleshooting tool.N/A
Pricing
NmapWireshark
Editions & Modules
Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee
$7,980
Every Three Months per license
Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee
$11,980
Every Three Months per license
Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee
$13,980
Every Three Months per license
Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee
$14,980
per year per license
Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee
$19,980
per year per license
Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee
$23,980
per year per license
Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Perpetual License
$49,980
one-time fee per license
Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee
$59,920
Every Five Years per license
Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee
$79,920
Every Five Years per license
Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Perpetual License
$79,980
one-time fee per license
Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee
$95,920
Every Five Years per license
Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Perpetual License
$98,980
one-time fee per license
Wireshark
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NmapWireshark
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAll perpetual licenses include a six-month trial period during which you can cancel for any reason and receive a full refund of all money paid (including maintenance). The term license is only a 3-month commitment and cal also be terminated with full refund during the first 30 days of the initial quarter.
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Community Pulse
NmapWireshark
Considered Both Products
Nmap
Chose Nmap
I haven't really evaluated a ton of others but there are some more basic versions, some have a GUI (like Zenmap for Nmap) but are less feature-rich. Some just don't work. Nmap is the default too, I think because of its great flexibility and straightforward use. Not sure …
Chose Nmap
Fing, Angry IP scanner, Advanced IP scanner, all great programs, however they all lacked the depth and customization that nmap scans provide. They provide a modicum of information in a much prettier package, but nmap delivers for depth and powerhouse information gathering.
Wireshark
Chose Wireshark
The feature set is really great, and GUI helps at times when setting up the DNS feature, as well as a general quick overview into the system. It is really good that the tool supports protocols that are generally used on the network and get into the depth, and retrieves …
Top Pros
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Features
NmapWireshark
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Nmap
8.1
16 Ratings
2% below category average
Wireshark
-
Ratings
Automated network device discovery8.410 Ratings00 Ratings
Network monitoring9.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts9.33 Ratings00 Ratings
Network capacity planning7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Packet capture analysis7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Network mapping9.515 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports4.59 Ratings00 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring10.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring6.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
PingPlotter
PingPlotter
Score 9.2 out of 10
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
Score 9.0 out of 10
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
NmapWireshark
Likelihood to Recommend
9.7
(17 ratings)
9.5
(29 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(7 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NmapWireshark
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
If you're a sysadmin, or anyone who's had to deploy network services, you've almost certainly had to use Nmap at some point or other. Need to see what devices are on your LAN? Nmap can tell you that. Want to check which ports your web server has open to the internet? Nmap is your friend.
Nmap is a powerful command-line tool and has many options that require some reading of documentation to get the best out of (although generally straightforward). If the thought of working at the command-line scares you (presumably not if you're reading this review), then you may want a much simpler tool, or at least check out Zenmap GUI.
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Open Source
I don't know of any other tool that works as well as Wireshark for packet capture an inspection. It's extremely easy to get up and running, and even with little to no knowledge of how to use the tool, you can be looking at all the traffic coming off a network interface.
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Pros
Open Source
  • NMap provides a very fast and a very thorough network "sweep" that allows you to quickly map out exactly what's on your network.
  • NMap is highly configurable. The "canned" choices are very good in most instances, but using various switches and options, you can create a very specific scan and get exactly the results you're looking for.
  • NMap is easy to use. Even a new administrator will be able to use the graphical version (Zenmap) with efficiency right away.
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Open Source
  • Light-weight software - Does not require high end specifications; also runs smoothly on Legacy systems
  • Filter function - Lets you filter you packets from thousands to tens so as to find your target much easily
  • Simultaneous capturing on all the network adapters - You can capture packets from all the Network Interface Cards (NIC's) at once.
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Cons
Open Source
  • exporting, There's a serious lack of ability to export the information in a readable format to present to VPs and such. I always find myself doing a lot of data massaging to get it in a pretty format
  • some scans can trigger sensitive IDS/IPS
  • SYN scans can be particularly aggressive and cause problems on remote systems.
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Open Source
  • A more user-friendly interface would be nice, but then again it is not really designed for those who are not quite comfortable with this type of software.
  • Changes to functionality on updates - this can sometimes happen unexpectedly and can be an annoyance.
  • More powerful data processing would be welcomed
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Usability
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Open Source
I give Wireshark a 10 for usability because it is very usable. Just about anyone can capture packets within a few seconds of opening the program. The analysis is a science but as far as just using Wireshark; it's very easy.
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Support Rating
Open Source
There is a very large support community and a robust selection of add-ons and scripts. Once you get the use down this is one of the most powerful tools and you can find anything you are looking for as far as examples on the web. While not having official support its not lacking by any means.
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Open Source
I don't believe Wireshark has "true" support as the software is open source. However, there is an active & friendly community around Wireshark that are more than happy to help answer questions. From a comprehensive Wiki and FAQ section on the site to the Ask a Question forum and bug tracker section, there's plenty of support options to make sure your questions and issues are addressed.
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Implementation Rating
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Open Source
Simple and easy setup.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Alternatives to Nmap (other IP scanners) are often much more limited in what they can do; They often only allow you to scan a specific subset of ports or a limited number of IP addresses in one command. Nmap is unrestricted in that regard. What makes Nmap stand out above the rest, is the complete network analysis package you get with it. It allows IP scanner, network deep-dives, hardware analysis, vulnerability analysis, encryption detailing, and so much more, in one free application
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Open Source
Wireshark is a free tool that came highly recommended by one of our former network security consultants. Using the tool he was able to resolve all of our higher tier network tickets, so we observed first hand why we needed to add Wireshark into our toolset. We received in-depth instruction and training scenarios that demonstrated the effectiveness and power of the product, so we didn't spend any time reviewing competing products.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • Nmap with Wireshark is free, so it's been a great combo team to gather info and test.
  • It's allowed us to avoid fines from false positives and to fix actual issues ourselves.
  • Great for finding hosts, helps keep the network secure.
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Open Source
  • Identifying bugs in the network has never been smooth and near-perfect.
  • Wireshark has made sure our equipment and software is working properly via analyzing network data.
  • Analysis of IP packets and Sip call flaws has saved us a lot of time and confident result.
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