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Hi, I may want to use this software, but I have a quick question I'd like to ask before I think about using it. When Installed will the scanning of this software slow down traffic? Due to our location, our bandwidth is rather limited. so we can't really risk a hefty chunk out of users bandwidth.

So that is basically my question. Will users be affected by this software scanning the packets they're sending/recieving

asked 07 Jan '13, 08:59

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Will users be affected by this software scanning the packets they're sending/recieving

Wireshark is a passive network traffic analysis tool, so it will not slow down traffic. It will however need some resources on the system where you capture the traffic (CPU, RAM, disk).

Please read the documentation and the wiki for more information about wireshark.

Regards
Kurt

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answered 07 Jan '13, 10:22

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If you have network name resolution turned on, then Wireshark will do a DNS reverse lookup for each new IP address it sees (unless it can find the address in a hosts file). If you have network name resolution turned off, then Wireshark will not generate any traffic. It will be completely passive; it will not use any bandwidth.

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answered 07 Jan '13, 10:20

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