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I have a situation where a mainframe application is printing to Okidata serial printers in several remote locations.  It does this by using a Systech device that sits on the network in each location and sends print jobs to the serial port of the various printers.  One specific location is seeing a significant delay in printing (30 seconds to a minute).  I can telnet to the Systech and see when the print job arrives and know the job is delayed getting to the Systech.  I would like to look further upstream to see if I can pinpoint when the job leaves the mainframe, that way I know if the delay is in the mainframe application or the network.  The path from the mainframe to the printer is 1.)3Com 3870 switch 2.)Watchguard Firebox X700 firewall 3.) Watchguard Firebox X Edge 4.)Systech.  The two firewalls are connected via a VPN connection over the internet.

Can anyone suggest a tool I can use to watch and see when traffic from the mainframe bound for the Systech hits the 3Com switch?  I would like to get on the phone with the remote location, have them send a print job and see if I can watch it leave the mainframe.
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I would use wireshark which is an open source sniffer.  You would connect a laptop running wireshark in the 3com switch.  You would need to configure the switch so that it mirrors the traffic off of the port that the mainframe is plugged into to the port that the laptop with wireshark is plugged into.  I am not familiar with how 3com does this.  Cisco calls this a span port, others call it a mirror port.  Basically it just copies whatever traffic a particular port sees to another port so a sniffer can see the traffic.  

Then you can run wireshark and capture a trace of the traffic.  you will be able to identify the traffic with timestamps as to when it is occuring this way.
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That worked, 3Comm calls it a Roving Analysis Port.  Thank you.
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