2. Who should read this document?
The intended audience of this book is anyone using Wireshark.
This book will explain all the basics and also some of the advanced features
that Wireshark provides. As Wireshark has become a very complex program since
the early days, not every feature of Wireshark may be explained in this
This book is not intended to explain network sniffing in general and it will
not provide details about specific network protocols. A lot of useful
information regarding these topics can be found at the Wireshark Wiki at
By reading this book, you will learn how to install Wireshark, how to use the
basic elements of the graphical user interface (such as the menu) and what's
behind some of the advanced features that are not always obvious at first
sight. It will hopefully guide you around some common problems that
frequently appear for new (and sometimes even advanced) users of Wireshark.