How Wireshark Is A Network Programmer 's Work Easier Than Before

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Wireshark makes a network programmer’s work easier than before. I took a tutorial in systems networking in Microsoft Virtual Academy. The host showed us to trace an IP address through the networks using Microsoft TCP/IP tools in the Microsoft’s PC, but everything was done manually. It took a lot of effort and time to find the IP addresses and change it to a different IP addresses and calculate the subnets masks, Mac addresses, and also localize protocols from the web. One could get confused easily, however, with Wireshark everything I learned in those tutorials seems to be old school.
First of all Wireshark is a packet sniffer tool with only naming two features it does a deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, and with live capture and offline analysis. The thing I like the most of Wireshark is the feature of the Save File As dialog in which has the ability to save a specific packet range. This is a great way to thin bloated packet capture files. With Wireshark I have the ability to save a range of packages and format it in different types of files to later analyze its data. And the most fascinating feature is that it is an open source program meaning that is free to use. And also with read/write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), Pcap NG, Catapult DCT2000, Cisco Secure IDS iplog, Microsoft Network Monitor, Network General Sniffer® (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer® Pro, and NetXray®, Network Instruments Observer, NetScreen snoop, Novell…

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