Powerful, Easy to use, Exactly what you need!
September 13, 2019

Powerful, Easy to use, Exactly what you need!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Wireshark

I use it as a systems information manager to capture traffic on the network and analyze the packets for various reasons. I have used it to find a ping scan from a wireless network that was DOS'ing an external location, and also have used it to pinpoint a system with a corrupted NIC driver that was causing a severe broadcast storm on our main network.
  • Packet capturing
  • Packet analysis
  • Traffic monitoring and reporting
  • It is beginner-friendly as far as installation, but it could use a tutorial.
  • Perhaps there is a way to do this already, but I haven't yet seen it. It would be nice if it could be integrated with a network package that could detect network anomalies, fire up an automated packet analysis, and send a report to an administrator.
  • It has helped identify hardware malfunction issues that were leading to network downtime.
  • It has helped identify security issues on a network that helped in preventing an attack.
  • It has helped me get an overview coming into a network with no documentation so I could streamline our documentation and make our support process more efficient.
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 quicker to set up and configure.
I haven't had to contact their official support because there is a HUGE amount of documentation and community support available. I imagine that one would be hard pressed to find many issues where they might need to contact actual support.

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It is invaluable for capturing and analyzing network traffic and identifying issues with devices that are either malfunctioning, or possibly even set up as rogue devices on a network. Using the data from a packet analysis combined with logs and MAC tables from various network devices, it can be used to find specifically where a device might be located. It's not a "set it and forget it" application, but it is well suited for on-the-spot analysis.