Network Packet Monitor

Written by Scott Martin
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A network packet monitor is an essential tool that checks and tests packets transmitted through your network. The best of these tools are packed with extensive and powerful protocol decoder capabilities, and should work on all Windows-based operating systems. You can use a network packet monitor to capture all traffic transport over either Ethernet and WLAN networks.

Understanding the Network Packet Monitor

A network packet monitor can decode all major application protocols, and log and check the packets passing through your network. The protocols decoded include TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, HTPPS, TELNET, FTP, and the SMTP and POP e-mail protocols. You can quickly and easily filter network traffic, and find the information you truly need to analyze.

These monitoring programs can help you isolate traffic problems by specific node, IP address, protocol, error type and packet content, depending on the origin and contributors to the problem. Furthermore, these available filters help you organize packet analysis, and provide you with easy-to-digest reports in plain English. This cuts down on training time and makes it easy for people of all levels and departments with designated access to read and understand.

You can even use a network packet monitor to reconstruct TCP/IP sessions, so that you can see data that has passed through your network in its original format. This can be particularly useful when you are trying to diagnose a problem or system issue. You can also view username and password information in their original formats, helping you find malicious activity or identify security breaches.

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