Packet sniffer for IT work

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by email68, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. email68 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
    I work for a city IT department. I'm mostly a wireless and phone guy, but I'm trying to learn more about the networking side.

    I'm in need of a packet sniffer to check stuff on our network. Specifically I'm trying to learn about vlans and I want to experiment with a switch and watch the output with a packet sniffer to see if I can watch the vlan tags.

    What kind of software, commercial or otherwise would work on my mac for this?

    BTW- I'm the only one in the IT dept with a mac... :)
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Wireshark is the best packet sniffer.

    Ettercap is a sniffer which is designed to allow ARP spoofing and man in the middle attacks.

    Kismet is a 802.11 wireless sniffer used to discover wireless networks and capture data.

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