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How to capture VLAN tagged packets

asked 2019-03-06 21:59:36 +0000

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updated 2019-05-01 09:29:00 +0000

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I want to capture packets with VLAN tags (from a Cisco switchport in trunk mode), but not having any success on my Windows 10 machine. I've followed the Intel guide to enable the passing of the tags but still no luck. When I connect to the same port and run Wireshark on an OSX 2009 Macbook Pro, it works fine.

Have tried both an Intel Pro 1000 MT and 82579LM NIC. Each requiring the different registry value, due to their driver type.

Any help appreciated.


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On which interface are you capturing ? Virtual interfaces or the main one ? Are you receiving all traffic but untagged or only traffic from native VLAN ? If Wireshark is after the interfaces, then the NIC would strip out any dot1q tag and Wireshark only receive untagged packets .

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answered 2019-05-01 06:21:19 +0000

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This part of the release note of Npcap 0.992 is ambiguous at best:

Remove installer interface option "Support 802.1Q VLAN tag when capturing and sending data," which was unsupported for three years. Support may be restored in future releases, but the option has not had any effect in earlier installers.

You could contact the Npcap developers to find out what the status of VLAN tag capture actually is.

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