Wireshark

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Wireshark
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Wireshark is a free and open source network troubleshooting tool.
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Free
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Free Trial
No
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
No
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee
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Firstly, Wireshark is a free tool!
Easy to implement and its opensource. We had many reviews & recommendations from users in the industry. All our requirements were available in the tool.
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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 …
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Both are very good products, it just came down to the price for our decision.
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Wireshark has a more friendly user interface and easy to use. It can be installed on many operating systems and can be used in combination with Kali Linux. What I like about Wireshark is the live data view that is so helpful when trying to troubleshoot that pin points to the …
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Honestly, I do not know a better tool than Wireshark with GUI. Every single occasion I had to analyze packets in any company it was done in Wireshark - it's like industry standard.
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Easier to use along with much lower costs and time required to configure / get running.Quick small install file with no hardware or virtual appliace to deploy. Good support availible online in the way of tutorials to help locate exactly what you require. Good support community. …
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Limited to windows products. Wireshark help in the cross severs.
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Most firewall devices have some degree of troubleshooting built in but they don't give you actual deep packet inspection in realtime as data flows. Because of the ease of implementation and the cost, Wireshark is a solid solid solution that anyone can use and will help solve …
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Wireshark is widely used and is the most popular packet analyzer available. It is a great debugging tool and easy to implement and use. It is Open Source and has a variety of options to analyze your network traffic.
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Wireshark overall is just better put together and seems to operate better. Maybe it has jus been more mainstream for a longer period of time, but we like and trust it better than other alternatives at this time.
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We tried Savvius Omnipeek, it has a better interface than Wireshark and a much less intense learning curve due to the improved UI it offers. It has better analyzing capability than Wireshark and the triggers are a nice feature it offers. However, it is not free and open-source …
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[Wireshark] is just the go-to application. It's the tool that is taught with in school and at trade conferences. We have not had a need to even look at other tools. It's free, it had a ton of functionality, and it just works without complaint.
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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 …
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I've not really needed to look beyond Wireshark for my requirements.
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Fiddler has recently become my preferred network packet capturing tool, as it allows you to manipulate data for testing. Because I'm building automation software, this feature is invaluable to me. Otherwise, Wireshark is the better choice because it can capture ANY type of …
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It is free compared to solarwinds deep packet software. It is easier to use than tcpdump or ettercap, and it has a much better presentation of the data. It's not as in depth as PRTG Network Monitor, but for an on the spot analysis, it is better for resource management and much …
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Wireshark is MUCH more in-depth and easy to use. Even though the files can get large and be a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of how-to articles and forums that can help you find the desired syntax for what you are looking for. Netflow Traffic Analyzer seems like a bit of an …
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I haven't found another product can perform the same functionality as Wireshark. There are some similar products such as Microsoft Message Analyzer and others, but Wireshark is the only choice and mandatory for any network engineer.
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There are quite some softwares that provide this functionality, but by far Wireshark is the most renowned and reputable software for network packet analysis. Wireshark also has a big open source community available on the Internet which helps people with any sort of problems …
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Wireshark integrates into just about everything and is more of a go along than one or the other in my opinion. Its ease of use, and clear understanding, make it a go-to in analyst work.
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I've looked at several over the years but Wireshark's no cost and advanced capabilities make it an easy choice for me. Wireshark's biggest advantage is its cost, which I've mentioned several times. It's significant in budget terms. I can't justify paying $1,000 for software …
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I'm not sure there are other products out there that can do all that Wireshark does for the price (free). Yes, there are commercial products that can do "more", but I haven't found the need to do anything "more" that I need to spend money on. It can generate reports; export …
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TCPtrace is great if needing to capture communication on the same machine.
Network Monitor was boring compared to Wireshark.
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Wireshark can be efficient if the users understand how to filter and know what to look for. You need to have some basic network knowledge.
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Wireshark is much easier to use, Wireshark can parse/filter and display more lines of data and has a more modern GUI.
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Wireshark
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(29 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Wireshark
Likelihood to Recommend
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
  • 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
  • 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
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
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
Simple and easy setup.
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Alternatives Considered
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
  • 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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