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SHARK300: Advanced Network Analysis and Troubleshooting with Wireshark


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Course Description

This 4-day instructor-led training course shows learners how to use Wireshark to view, capture, analyze, and troubleshoot network traffic. Emphasis is placed on a hands-on lab-based approach where learners use Wireshark on a live network. The course is vendor-agnostic and is not specific to any single model or brand of networking gear like Cisco, Juniper, Intel, or HP. The course covers protocol analysis and troubleshooting across all vendors and types of network infrastructure.

This course is taught by instructor and author Dr. Avril Salter, CCNP-W, CCNA-S. Dr. Salter has extensive experience in packet-level network analysis and frequently lectures on this topic. She is a guest instructor at numerous telecommunications and network companies, teaching their internal staff to perform network analysis on the equipment that they design and manufacture. This experience gives Dr. Salter the unique, industry-wide perspective that she brings to the classroom.


Module 1: Wireshark Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Wireshark
  • When to use Wireshark
  • Where to physically connect
  • Wireshark Graphical User Interface
  • Capturing network traffic


  • Install Wireshark
  • Explore Wireshark installation
  • Capture and save network traffic
  • Understanding the packet details pane


Module 2: Viewing network protocols with Wireshark

  • Capture filters
  • Display filters
  • Preferences
  • Time stamps
  • Mark and ignore packets
  • Import and export packet captures


  • Capture filters
  • Display filters


Module 3: Analyzing tools and troubleshooting techniques

  • Troubleshooting methodology
  • Configuration profiles
  • Preferences
  • Creating coloring rules
  • Establishing a baseline
  • Leveraging Wireshark statistical reports and graphs


  • Custom profile
  • Coloring rules
  • Traffic baselines


Module 4: Analyze and troubleshoot Layer 2 protocols

  • Ethernet frames
  • MAC addresses
  • ARP request/response procedure
  • STP
  • BPDU format
  • Bridge selection
  • Port states
  • VLANs
  • 802.1Q frame encapsulation


  • Ethernet
  • ARP
  • STP
  • 802.1Q


Module 5: Analyze and troubleshoot wireless protocols

  • How to sniff wireless networks
  • 802.11 WLAN traffic
  • Radiotap information
  • Beacons and network capabilities
  • ZigBee and ZigBee Pro


  • RadioTap
  • IEEE 802.11
  • ZigBee


Module 6: Analyze and troubleshoot /P

  • IPv4 header
  • IPv4 address
  • IP packet fragmentation
  • ICMP messaging
  • RPL and 6LoWPAN to support the IoT


  • IP
  • ICMP


Module 7: Analyze and troubleshoot TCP

  • Establishing a TCP connection
  • TCP header
  • Port numbers and sockets
  • Selective acknowledgements
  • Sliding window
  • Contention and advertised receiving windows
  • Congestion control


  • TCP 3-Way Handshake
  • TCP fields
  • TCP traffic


Module 8: Analyze and troubleshoot UDP and higher level protocols

  • Compare and contrast TCP and UDP
  • UDP header
  • DHCP communications
  • DNS process


  • UDP, DNS and DHCP
  • HTTP


Module 9: Course wrap up and best practices

  • Checklists
  • Managing trace files
  • Course wrap up



This course is designed for advanced IT networking professionals who work on wired and wireless networks and need to perform network assessment, traffic analysis, and enterprise-wide network troubleshooting.


Students must be experienced with deploying, managing, and operating enterprise-level networks. Learners must also have a full understanding of the TCP/IP protocol stack and IP routing. No prior experience with Wireshark is required.

Before attending this class, students must hold a Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching CertificationNet+ or equivalent network certification.

What You Will Learn

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Understand key network protocols in today’s enterprise wired and wireless networks. Analyzed protocols include: HTTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ICMP, Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and ZigBee IP.
  • View and analyze network traffic.
  • Capture and filter network traffic.
  • Analyze previously captured network traffic.
  • Develop reusable profiles for analyzing and troubleshooting network traffic.
  • Interpret the Wireshark graphs and statistical reports.
  • Identify and troubleshoot common network problems, including:

Packet errors.
Bandwidth performance issues.

Student Comments (16)
Comments about the Courseware
"Excellent instructor."
November 1, 2018 | SHARK300 Student
Comments about the Instructor
"Very in depth and informative"
November 1, 2018 | SHARK300 Student
Comments about the Instructor
"Instructor kept a good pace and allowed time for questions and real life application usage as well as information on new tech."
November 1, 2018 | SHARK300 Student
Comments about the Physical Environment
"Everything worked for the remote session and the visuals were clear."
November 1, 2018 | SHARK300 Student
Comments about the Courseware
"Good call on the optional lab. Thank you so much for demonstrating it for us anyway."
November 1, 2018 | SHARK300 Student
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