Book Review: Practical Packet Analysis

My 4-star review of Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems was just published on Amazon.  I will repost it here.

I was hoping for something a bit more in-depth, but I would have to say that this book is directed to audiences that do not know much of the fundamentals of networking, much less Wireshark. With that in mind, I did breeze through the book: 
The first couple chapters are a primer on networking, and then installing Wireshark. The rest of the book goes through common protocols that you will find when sniffing, and then troubleshooting some real-world problems using Wireshark. (“Slow” network, security issues, etc) 

I found the book to be well-written and it seems much better in accuracy than the previous edition, which had some pretty embarrassing errors. 

I think it could be a very useful book for the person who wants a leg up on using Wireshark in a practical scenario–just be aware that most of the content is geared for beginners. 

(Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a free copy of this book to review.)


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