A Network Protocol Analyzer

Operating system: Windows

Release: Ethereal 0.99.0

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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Ethereal is a network Protocol Analyzer for Windows Operating Systems.  This software is utilized heavy in China, India and the United States and needs less storage than most other programs in the Networking Software arena.  Ethereal is an application that can capture packets that are sent through a network and then interprets them so that you can see what tasks are being done throughout the network.  At its core, Ethereal is a packet analyzer that uses a tcpdump system to carry out the captures which will then display on 3 information windows.  Once the Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer is complete, you can access the list of all of the packets and which ports were used.  

Ethereal has been used by network professionals to troubleshoot, analyze and teach software and protocol development.  Compared to other network Protocol Analyzers, Ethereal is infinitely easier to use and has the added benefit of being free.


Ethereal needs less storage than other programs
  • Supports over 20 different Formats
  • Supports more than 300 Protocols (including SMTP, ATM, IGRP, PPP, IPX)
  • Capture data from network and disc capture
  • Results display on 3 information windows
  • Results display what Ports were used
  • Free (open source) and Easy to use
  • Real-Time Scanning of Ethernet, FDDI, Token Ring, IP over ATM and Loopback Interfaces

Ethereal lets you examine at a packet level, the specific details of network traffic.  It is very easy to use and free which makes this software better than most.  Data from a network scan and we scanned using Ethereal in real time or saved for analyzing later.  You have the option to set up a script or schedule a later scan to target something specific on the network.  The Ethereal application is distributed in binary form so it can be used on a wide variety of platforms including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.


Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server







Great software that makes trouble shooting easy. Ethereal allows me to see network traffic at a packet level, so any problems can be spotted and resolved at source. As it supports more than 20 formats and hundreds of protocols it will definitely be useful for you!
Muhammad Tam
Ethereal is an extremely useful software product. It is organized in a way that makes it super easy to use. I really like how you can capture data from not only the network, but a disk capture as well. Highly recommend.
Ethereal is a piece of software that allows users to interpret, and see and analyze every packet that gets put into a network. With Ethereal, users from all skill levels can access and analyze packets, as well as data and disk capturing, with over three hundred protocols and support for numerous formats.Ethereal’s user interface allows for easy viewing of system data, and shows relevant information within three clear spaces within the program.
Ethereal is a network Protocol Analyzer for Windows Operating Systems. It is a great tool and reliable for those learning networking to use while learning for simulation of network systems.
Ethereal for Windows is a wonderful program that does not cost anything. It is used with Windows alone. Also, it can be used for Windows 98 along with previous models. Ethereal for Windows can be installed in English. There have been several downloads of it since it first came out. Besides that, it is a program that does not require as much maintenance compared to other software online. Overall, Ethereal for Windows is a great tool for networks.
Ethereal for Windows analyzes packets that are going over the network. If you are into that sort of thing like me you will love this software. It displays the data sorted by type. Super easy to read. It can support over 20 formats and 300 protocols. That's just amazing.
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