A protocol analyzer is a powerful tool that gathers packets directly from the network and presents them for analysis. Protocol analyzers are generally used to troubleshoot application problems that require in-depth packet analysis. They can come in two forms:
- Hardware appliances
- Software tools
One of the most common software protocol analyzers is Wireshark, which is an open source application. Although working with such analyzers may be difficult at the beginning, they can provide a lot of information about the specific packet contents on the connection.
Hardware protocol analyzers can come in multiple forms . . .
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