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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849695644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849695640
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By WI-Fi Man on 29 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
good for a novice user who want to set up basic PCAP but experienced users will find it slightly boring
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By Jeff Oliver on 6 Mar 2013
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Small book but full of good information is enclosed within it, Easy step by step information. If you are going to get Wireshark get this book :-)
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Format: Paperback
Only 50 pages, the rest is table of content, blank pages and adds for other books.
That is not enough content for 15£.
You will learn more from reading the help file in Wireshark or the wiki at
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Introduction to using Wireshark, with some extra on top 2 April 2013
By Ralf Hildebrandt - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Instant Wireshark Starter" by Packt Pub is a short book (68 pages in total - took me about 2 hours to read) which gives a brief overview of the features and capabilities Wireshark has to offer. It's covering the installation on Windows and Linux (to a somewhat lesser extent), and then moves on to list and demonstrate the different functions in the GUI.
The author Abhinav Singh gives examples on how to start a live capture, applying capture filters and display filters. Subjects like TCP Stream reassembly, exporting and importing capture as well as graphing (!) captured data are mentioned. He's also covering a useful function called "exporting objects", which allows to reconstruct objects like downloaded files from a packet capture - which can be extremely useful in network forensics. The book is rounded off by the last chapter "Wireshark activity" providing an actual PCAP dump as a download which can be used to perform forensics on.

The book holds true to the motto of the Packt [instant] series "Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results." - but the topic in itself is not as easy as Wireshark may suggest it is:

1) nobody likes creating network captures - they're always the "last resort" and ultimatively lead to a lot of finger-pointing ("the network is at fault", "Your application is broken, it's sending the wrong data", "your server is dropping packets"). You'll be unpopular!

2) if you do have to create a capture, Murphy's law dictates that you have to do it under adverse circumstances! I.e. on a saturated gigabit link - and that's hard! It's a lot of data, and you'll probably have to apply a few capture filters in order not to drop the packets you're actually looking for. And wireshark might still be dropping packets due to performance issues within the OS or disk I/O.

3) This leads (at least for us, in enterprise environment) to dumping the data using gulp or tcpdump and performing the actual analysis on a remote machine using Wireshark.

So, it's a complicated topic since the problem at hand is always an unpleasant one (something is not working correctly, why?). That's why the GUI has a lot of different options to explore, and that's why every book can only give an overview on the topic. The experience on how to tackle a network problem comes from experience, anecdotes and hard work.

You can find the book on Packt's site: [...] and of course an
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Instant Wireshark Starter 16 Feb 2013
By Mat - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The "Instant' Series of books by Packt are relatively new and are designed to be a crash course on a particular technology. In this instance, I chose my favorite network analysis tool, Wireshark.

First and foremost, it's a QUICK read. At a commanding 68 pages, you can easily get through this in an hour or so. The book covers the basics from installing and getting familiar with the basics, navigating the GUI, using some of the command line tools, and at the end there's interesting little exercise pertaining to the BlackHole Exploit Kit.

Overall, a good (and quick) read. Recommended for people who are new to network analysis and the Wireshark tool.
we'll done 10 Jun 2014
By George Caracciolo - Published on
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I liked that it was concise and pointed. Having been fed a hamburger, I now will be hungry for a steak! Thanks!
Short but effective 8 Jan 2014
By colinmcc - Published on
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Good introduction, although for the money I'd expected a longer book. 50 pages just touches on what Wireshark can do. I'd recommend buying a more comprehensive book, even for a newbie.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What you need to know about Wireshark 16 Nov 2013
By Howard Rayle - Published on
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Great book. chocked full of useful information about how to use wireshark. Takes you through step by step with pictures of commands.
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