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 I found out that ethereal would be able to capture network packets and hence allow for network monitoring. I was wondering anyone could provide some step by step help in getting it to work.
I am using XP.
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Ethereal is pretty much like snort. Just install it, plug it into the same network, then mirror the IP/MAC/Port you want to hit.  

Haven't used it in awhile but that's what I remembered.
Was pretty self explanatory.  I don't know about monitoring everything on the network though.
QLJAuthor Commented:
hmm... i think i realised the problem. you made it sound so easy that I had to relook what was installed. I downloaded the wrong file! *oops*
so is snort better or ethereal better???
What would you recommend to monitor the network then? especially if it is a web server and  i want to take note of the activities
If you are just beginning, just use ethereal.  It's based on snort, but of course, snort is better. It's like the security of Linux vs Unix.  Linux is based on Unix. Unix is a lot more secure.

Just take a switch and plug 2 PCs to it and mirror, sniff, etc. the port. You'll get the idea. You can also try sitescope. Good notification app.
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