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- Print Length: 192 pages
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- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (August 20, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002N3M6RC
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This book is written for people who have little to no experience with packet analysis. It is also a good read for those who might have been out of the packet analysis game for a little while and need a quick read to brush up the skill-set. The book is well written and Sanders does an excellent job explaining things in a manner that is well understood. He eases the reader into explanations by going from layman to more technical jargon. The examples in the book match the title, they are practical and likely to be experienced in the real world. I would highly recommend this book to those who have little to no experience with packet analysis and are looking for a solid book to help them understand what many of the other books tend to explain in a lofty manner.
There are odd faults (for example, there's a diagram showing a Cisco router, except it's not). There are also some colloquialisms (such as when the author says "Why have chicken when you can have steak?"). And I was disappointed that IPv6 wasn't really covered at all.
If you're experienced with packet analysis and want to learn Wireshark, this book is good for you. If you're a beginner at packet analysis this book is also good.
Wireshark is a free, open-source tool that allows you to capture and analyze network traffic. With the communication captured, you can then easily tell it to filter on certain protocols, making reading the packet info much easier than it is in LoadRunner.
This book starts at ground level, assuming no user experience with packet analysis and/or packet sniffers. It can basically be divided into four sections.
The first covers packet analysis and network basics, and gives a nice overview of the OSI model.
The second covers Wireshark's basic and advance features.
The next covers common protocols like ARP, TCP and HTTP,
and in the last section, the author ties it all together with real world examples using familiar sites like, Facebook and ESPN, while explaining how to troubleshoot common network issues.
I like the hands-on approach the writer uses throughout the book. He clearly explains everything in a clear, concise manner. I also appreciated the fact that the author uses packet capture files in each example that can be downloaded and opened in Wireshark in order to follow along. I was able to follow all of the examples without any confusion -- which is kind of a big deal, since packet analysis at this level is a new subject for me. Well done!
The author also compares WIreshark (the selected sniffing tool) to some of the others, and clearly explains why he made the choice to use Wireshark. Time is spent familiarizing the reader with using Wireshark, covering installation and usage. The author also discusses how to write filters for capturing and displaying, which is essential to properly use the tool to wade through all the clutter. Finally, the packets that are typically found on a network are discussed and analyzed. The author points out many useful things that can be discovered by zeroing in on things like client/server latency (at different points throughout the TCP handshake) DNS abnormalities, and strange packets.
Also Security implications and intrusion detection are discussed, which I found to be extremely informative for the typical network administrator. FInally some real world scenarios are presented, at which point we examine real life packets to determine the cause of the network problems. This exercise was very helpful to tie in the previous knowledge with a practical hands on approach. Also much appreciated were the example packets.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a huge help for me. I use wireshark in more effective ways and with confidence.Published 2 months ago by Ashworth
I am completely new to networking, I have a minimal amount of exposure to Wireshark through classwork but I was still able to follow along with the examples in the book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina
Book covers wireshark(WS) 1.3. Such an old version of WS many features/filters have changed syntax. Better literature on WS website. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Justin Weis
This arrived in good condition and the process save me money.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book with excellent examples and clear explanations.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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