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it_user7077 - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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Would you recommend implementing Wireshark for network troubleshooting?

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it_user95928 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at PeerSpot
03 April 14

Yes, Wireshark should be in every troubleshooter's back pocket. It is
free, and extremely valuable. However, to dig deep with Wireshark, you
will need to understand networking concepts, operating system nuances, and
how applications work. With that said, newbies can utilize Wireshark to
gain basic understanding of networks and applications.

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Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
02 April 14

I strongly recommend Wireshark, but understand this is not an implementation like a monitoring system. It is an incredibly powerful tool to take out and use. It requires familiarity to be most useful, yet even a novice can glean some information from it almost immediately.

Wireshark is a protocol analyzer. It shows the actual packets on the network and breaks them apart so the human analyst can make sense of them. It does a great job of this, but recognize you need to understand something of network communications and know what you are looking at, as well as what to look for.

I believe, as some of the best analysts do that every network professional should have some familiarity with packet decodes. The good news is that, unlike commercial products Wireshark is free and cross platform. You can install it on several machines, capture when and where needed, then save the capture to analyze anywhere. I have used this technique to assist people too distant to help in any other fashion.

There are great tutorials available on as well as books and links to training classes to further your education. Don't be afraid of the volume of information available. Consume what you want and have time for, and enjoy!

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Tech Support Staff at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
02 April 14

Yes, very useful tool.

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Carrier Relations Manager at a tech vendor
02 April 14

Yes definitely. Wireshark and its sister applications on different platforms (Ethereal on *nix platforms) is robust, and thorough. As John Lasschuit points out, it is a key tool in any network tools chest.

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Consultant at a tech consulting company
02 April 14

Yes I would. It's a very usefull tool with a lot of analyzing possibilities. It's fast, has a lot of export possibilities, I couldn't do my work as troublehsooter without.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 16, 2022
If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Wireshark, what would you say? How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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Brad Wilson - PeerSpot reviewer
30 January 21
This is a good product for quick and easy troubleshooting. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
05 May 21
I would advise others to have a game plan for it because there is a lot of data that goes into it. You can analyze a lot of data. Having a very strategic game plan would be ideal. I would rate Wireshark a ten out of ten.
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