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Wireshark 2.6.4

Wireshark provides detailed information about network traffic and usage through deep analysis

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 October 2018
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Downloads To Date: 13308
Developer: Wireshark Foundation
RSS News Feed: https://blog.wireshark.org/feed/
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Wireshark
Wireshark provides detailed information about network traffic and usage through deep analysis

If you've ever wondered just how your network is being used, Wireshark may be the tool you have been looking for. Network analysers are nothing new, but they have a tendency to be impenetrable programs reliant on command line operations and provide information in a text-based form which can be difficult to interpret. Wireshark boasts a graphical front end which makes it easy to analyse all traffic which travels over a network using a variety of protocols.

Data packets can be captured from both wired and wireless network and this information can be viewed live as it is captured or analysed at a later date. The wealth of information that the program can reveal about network usage is staggering, and support for plugins means that the tool can be extended to add new protocols and features further down the line. Wireshark is available for Windows, Linux and Mac, making it ideal for mixed platform networks.

As well as working with data that has been captured directly through Wireshark itself, it is also possible to analyse data that has been captured with the likes of Aircrack, tcpdump and CA NetMaster. Easy to configure colouring and filtering makes it simple to make sense of complex data, and while this is not a tool for the average home user, it remains powerful yet approachable.

Note the Windows download here is for the 32-bit version.

Version 2.6.4 changes (Release Notes):

- Lots of changes!

Verdict:

An immensely powerful tool which provides all of the information you could possibly need about network traffic

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

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There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

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The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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