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Hello, I just want to know if Wireshark only collects information of client and server right? in between client and server there are many network components/elements. do we see that information also? for e.g. in wireshark log I see server is sending slow data but is it possible some router(or any network element in between client and server)may be slow?

Thanks, Manju

asked 08 Nov '12, 10:36

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Wireshark can show you whatever happens on the "network segment" you capture on.

What "network segment" entails is a varying matter. For instance if you capture on an endpoint with an uplink to a switch you'll see the host traffic (to/from), broadcast traffic, multicast traffic for groups the endpoint has joined (in case of a multicast aware switch) and link-local traffic like IPv6 NDP, spanning tree and maybe switch specific traffic. But if the capture is taken from a monitor port it may be vastly different. Either you see all ingress and egress traffic of a collection of ports, or from a vlan, either with or without tags. Doing a capture on a switch or router uplink may show even other traffic, like OSPF, IS-IS, RIP or whatever.

So, bottom line is it all depends on the point you capture at.

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