Give me PACKETS!! Case Study: "The Slow Internet" (by Mike Canney)

Like many Network Engineers, I have also heard all to often that "The Network is Slow".  This is the mantra repeated across the World by end users, server admins and application developers.  

Luckily, we are armed with a tool set to not only exonerate the network (in most cases) but also pinpoint exactly where the problem occurred.  

Being a Packet Fetcher, the first thing I typically turn to in these situations is handy dandy PCAP(s).  In this first case study, we will see how to quickly solve this performance issue given the correct trace files from, more importantly, the correct areas of the network.   See the following diagram of the capture points as well as the video at the end of the post.

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A Wi-Fi Router as a Witness Device! (by Daniel Arrugueta)

A Wi-Fi Router as a Witness Device

Note: attached is the full document in .pdf format and is awesome reading for forensic investigators!

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Witnesses often are crucial elements in solving and prosecuting criminal or civil violations.  We now regularly use data that various technologies record. Digital witness devices provide a source of largely unbiased and dependable information to the investigator and prosecutor. However, many often ignore or do not even recognize commonly available electronics as potential witness devices.  One such device is the wireless router found in most homes and businesses.

As with any witness, some sort of vetting and consideration is wise. Reliability, bias, memory, physical abilities, etc., all can be factors that play roles in the use of digital witness devices and the use of their data. Whether you consider data from digital cameras, microphones, cell phones, computers, or Wi-Fi (wireless) routers, you should approach each with an open eye and determine clearly what each actually offers to your investigation. Data typically is reliable; how you interpret and present that data is key to its ultimate usefulness. Criminal radiation

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How to Reset a Cisco 3750 To Default Factory Settings (by Tony Fortunato)

As a consultant/contractor I usually run into the following scenario where I’m given equipment to configure and it currently has a password. Even though I know the answer, I still ask if they know the password. After several tries of what it should be, I give up and ask if I can reset the device to default and start from scratch.

Over the years I have gone through the process countless times with as many vendors. Some procedures are as simple as holding a reset button and others are complicated that involve calling the vendor for a challenge/response.

Cisco has variations on their reset procedure but mainly consistent which makes it fairly easy. In this video I will show you how to rest a Cisco 3750 switch to factory settings.

 

 

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How TCP Works - The Handshake (by Chris Greer)

This video uses Wireshark to show how the handshake process works in TCP. It is part of a new TCP Fundamentals series on the Packet Pioneer YouTube channel. I hope it helps the budding packet-heads out there! 

 Enjoy!

 

 

Author Profile - Chris Greer is a Network Analyst for Packet Pioneer LLC and a Certified Wireshark Network Analyst. Chris regularly assists companies in tracking down the source of network and application performance problems using a variety of protocol analysis and monitoring tools including Wireshark. Chris also delivers training and develops technical content for several analysis vendors. Got network problems? Let's get in touch

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Network Troubleshooting Through the OSI Model (by Melany Joy Beck)

Network Troubleshooting Through the OSI Model

When it comes to network troubleshooting, working through the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model is a straightforward process. With the exception of Layer 1, each layer of the OSI model relies on the next lower layer to provide services as specified. Requests drop down and are completed, as every layer interacts with the next layer, both above and below. When dealing with different layers, understanding how each delivers data and functions impacts how you will troubleshoot.

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