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asked 2022-11-03 08:49:04 +0000

Gilliam gravatar image

updated 2022-11-03 10:41:54 +0000

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a decent TAP to capture traffic. I have my eye on the Profitap, but is very expensive. What are some good alternatives?

I will be a little more specific. The tap in question is this one:


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Alternatives would depend on what you need to do with the device. Different capabilities come with different price points.

Bob Jones gravatar imageBob Jones ( 2022-11-03 09:48:45 +0000 )edit

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answered 2022-11-03 13:49:33 +0000

Chuckc gravatar image

"depend on what you need to do with the device"

There is a list (may be out of date) on the Wiki - TapReference
Using a switch in monitor mode: Capture using a monitor mode of the switch
Walk through on setting up a Netgear: Turning a NetGear GS105E into a network monitoring device
There are also videos on setting up a Switch Flex Mini with a monitor port.

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answered 2022-11-03 11:13:07 +0000


it depends on the problems you want to solve. If you are into layer 1 problems you MUST use a real TAP such as the ProfiShark. But if you want to capture traffic for analyzing layer 2-7 stuff, you might have a look at the Netgear GS108Tv3 which offers you a monitor port. ;)

For more information on how to capture traffic correctly have a look at the capture playbook from Jasper:

Cheers, Johannes

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Thanks for the link :)

Gilliam gravatar imageGilliam ( 2022-11-03 19:34:30 +0000 )edit

answered 2022-11-03 13:51:38 +0000

cmaynard gravatar image

midBit Technologies has a family of relatively low-cost taps. I have the SharkTapUSB version and it did the job for me the few times I needed it.

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Thanks! I will look in to it :)

Gilliam gravatar imageGilliam ( 2022-11-03 19:35:12 +0000 )edit

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