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Chapter 15. Sniffers

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Sniffers are devices that capture network packets. Their legitimate purpose is to analyze network traffic and identify potential areas of concern. For example, suppose that one segment of your network is performing poorly: Packet delivery seems incredibly slow, or machines inex plicably lock up on a network boot. You can use a sniffer to determine the precise cause.

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The term sniffer is derived from a product, called the Sniffer, originally manufactured by Network General Corporation. ...

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