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asked 2020-04-09 13:28:36 +0000

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updated 2020-04-09 13:43:52 +0000

Hi everyone, I'm new here.

I am measuring data rates using Wireshark 3.2.2 and I believe some of the data-rate units at "Statistics" are non consistent with my tests. I am not 100% sure, I might be missing something, so I would like someone else to have a look.

My believe is that the columns named Bits/s at tables Statistics -> Conversations and at Statistics -> Protocol Hierarchy do not measure Bits/s but a different data-rate unit, actually I believe they measure kilobit per second.

I believe Statistics -> I/O Graph gives the correct data-rate.

Values at I/O Graph are around 1000 times higher than those at Conversations and Protocol Hierarchy.

Can anyone have a look and let me know if I am right?

If I am, where can I ask to fix it? I am not a developer but I'd be happy to open an issue or whatever is needed.


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answered 2020-04-09 21:36:25 +0000

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While both the Bits/s columns in the Statistics -> Conversations window, and the Bits/s column of the Statistics -> Protocol Hierarchy window suffer from rounding errors, they do in fact measure the average Bits/s of all the packets for the time duration of the capture file, as seen in the Statistics -> Capture File Properties window.

On the other hand, the Statistics -> I/O Graph plots Bits/s averaged over whatever the chosen plotting time interval is that's selected. By default, the interval is "1 sec"; therefore, for every second of time that has elapsed in the capture file, the graph is displaying the average value for that particular 1 second interval, and that is repeated for every such interval. This is not the same as an average for the entire duration.

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Hi cmaynard. Thank you very much for your answer, I see that difference, but I think that is not the problem. I still do not know the reason why I/O Graph shows me the rate I expect while Conversations and Protocol Hierarchy show me a value 1000 times lower than expected. That's why I thought maybe Conversations and Protocol Hierarchy data-rate columns should read in their tittle kilobit/s instead of Bit/s. Did you test it?

currite gravatar imagecurrite ( 2020-04-09 22:50:12 +0000 )edit

Perhaps if you provide a [small] capture file that, so we can all refer to the same concrete example?

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2020-04-09 23:19:47 +0000 )edit
http_with_jpegs.cap.gz http_with_jpegs.cap.gz A simple capture containing a few JPEG pictures one can reassemble and save to a file.
I wonder if the "k" is not being displayed properly. The capture above has several conversations of different speeds.
Screen shot from man page for discussion.

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-04-10 00:06:22 +0000 )edit

Fixed (language setting on machine):

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-04-10 17:35:24 +0000 )edit

I'm not sure why some folks are encountering the "Internal Server Error" message, for example:

Someone with more access than I have will likely need to enable debug on the site in order to help get to the bottom of this problem.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2020-04-10 18:27:13 +0000 )edit

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