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It's easy enough to install Wireshark and begin capturing packets off the wire--or from the air. But how do you interpret those packets once you've captured them? And how can those packets help you to better understand what's going on under the hood of your network? Practical Packet Analysis shows how to use Wireshark to capture and then analyze packets as you take an indepth look at real-world packet analysis and network troubleshooting. The way the pros do it.

Wireshark (derived from the Ethereal project), has become the world's most popular network sniffing application. But while Wireshark comes with documentation, there's not a whole lot of information to show you how to use it in real-world scenarios. Practical Packet Analysis shows you how to:

  • Use packet analysis to tackle common network problems, such as loss of connectivity, slow networks, malware infections, and more
  • Build customized capture and display filters
  • Tap into live network communication
  • Graph traffic patterns to visualize the data flowing across your network
  • Use advanced Wireshark features to understand confusing packets
  • Build statistics and reports to help you better explain technical network information to non-technical users

Because net-centric computing requires a deep understanding of network communication at the packet level, Practical Packet Analysis is a must have for any network technician, administrator, or engineer troubleshooting network problems of any kind.

Technical review by Gerald Combs, creator of Wireshark.

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ISBN-10:  1593271492
ISBN-13:  978-1593271497
Author:  Chris Sanders
Publisher:  No Starch Press
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review by . August 22, 2011
   I was always intrigued by the thought of actually being able to read packets (raw data) on the wire (network). I guess it was kind of a Matrix-type fantasy... at any rate, I never pursued the learning. Upon seeing the title of this book "Practical Packet Analysis" a long buried curiosity of mine was revived. First of all, I found this book very easy to read and comprehend, which is surprising, given the topic. The author starts you off with a primer in networking and some …
review by . June 11, 2007
As an application developer, I don't spend a lot of time wondering about what goes down the wire (but perhaps I should). But the little hacking geek in me does have more than a passing interest in being able to see things that aren't obvious. This is probably the first book that's explained packet analysis in words and terms I could understand... Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by Chris Sanders. Not only is it a good intro to the Wireshark (formerly …
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