Dissect your Network Packets with Wireshark!
July 02, 2019

Dissect your Network Packets with Wireshark!

Jaspreet Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Wireshark

Wireshark is used in our organization for monitoring the network traffic and troubleshooting in case we are facing any network related issues. It is one the most used software which lets you dissect the network packet to the tiniest details and pull out any network related information. It is used by our department only and not by everyone across the organization. Our job requires making all the systems and communications across the systems to run smoothly. So we have a constant session running on all the systems via Wireshark and in case of any problem, we quickly dump all the network packets and filter its using amazing filter function of Wireshark and then find out the problem. Without software, it might take hours or even days to solve the problems.
  • 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.
  • GUI of the software can improve a bit; like some more animations can be added to make it more user friendly
  • Some more learning resources can be officially added; like filter query function is much advanced, but everyone does not know how to efficiently use it
  • Themes can also be provided to users so that people who work on this software for hours can have a new experience by changing the colors of the software
  • If your systems are not working, then of course it is one of the biggest impact on the business
  • Imagine you are not able to send an email because of a network issue. This will definitely become a huge hindrance in your business
  • Wireshark helps you with these types of problems and lets your business run smoothly
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 that they are facing. So I would definitely recommend using this software for any form of network learning/ troubleshooting.
Wireshark is well suited for scenarios in which the technical difficulties are being faced. A lot of times we are not aware of how computers actually talk with each other. With Wireshark, you can learn this topic in depth and help yourself and your colleagues in case anyone is facing any sort of networking related problems. Many people just use the computer system for basic tasks and often tend to get stuck on simple things like if the system is not able to retrieve the IP from the router. After you learn these concepts you can easily solve these problems. Wireshark is a bit of a technical software program and only intended for people who have a basic understanding/ background of computers. If not, this software might end up giving you a lot of information which will be really tough for you to understand. So I would recommend if you want to use this software and are interested in the concepts as mentioned before/ above, go through a quick course on computer networking concepts and you shall be good to start exploring Wireshark.