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what is all this chatter between my router and computer endless obscure names continuously exchanged between router and computer. no outside IPs just names like websphere, arkivio, spiral, ironmail, embrace, galileolog, odeumservlink, starquiz-port, raven-rmp, voispeed-port etc. etc. ad nauseum.

What is all this stuff? Is it necessary? Where is it coming from? Can/should I be concerned about it?

Hope for some insight. Love having eyes with wireshark but way too much information.


asked 13 Jan '12, 20:00

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I guess you're looking at the service names that Wireshark determines from the port numbers in use by the nodes communicating with each other (for example, port 80 is replaced with "http"). Problem here is that a client uses ephemeral ports, but Wireshark still replaces them with the service name officially assigned to that port by IANA. You can get rid of the name resolution by disabling "Transport Layer Name Resolution", either in the preferences or in the View Menu. Or you could open the "services" file in the Wireshark installation directory and edit it until only ports that you want to be replaced are left.

And no, it is nothing to be concerned about, it's pretty normal.

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answered 14 Jan '12, 07:19

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