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Is there a simple setup to use Wireshark to track server connections?

asked 2023-05-20 05:45:59 +0000

KeithR gravatar image

New to Wireshark. I'm trying to debug issues with Thunderbird failing with the message "Unable to log in at server. Probably wrong configuration, username or password."

Since this happens on one computer but not another, I would like to find out what server TB is tryinfg to connect to at the time.

Is there a simple way to do this?

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answered 2023-05-21 10:54:10 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

You should be able to capture the SMTP traffic by installing and using Wireshark on the system that's using Thunderbird. SMTP uses a number of TCP ports, 25 for unencrypted traffic, 465, 587 & possibly 2525 for encrypted traffic, althoguh other ports may be used.

To capture this traffic, determine which interface is being used on the capturing PC by looking at the list of adaptors under the "Capture" heading (probably WiFi or Ethernet), select that interface and then in the Capture Filter edit field enter a filter such as tcp and (port 25 or port 465 or port 587 or port 2525) and then hit "enter".

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