Install WireShark on Ubuntu Linux

WireShark is an invaluable tool in recording and reviewing network traffic, it was previously known as Ethereal and is available for a variety of platforms.

Installation can sometimes be hard to remember as use by non-superusers requires additional configuration in Linux.

  1. Add the repository and install:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install wireshark

  2. During installation, the following will appear, chose "Yes" for most instances.

    Should non-super users be able to capture packets - Yes / No?

  3. If you need to change the value you selected, you can always re-run the following:

    dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common

  4. Add the user to the wireshark group so that they can capture traffic:

    add user to group:
    sudo usermod -a -G wireshark username
    id username

  5. If you need additional information, you can always RTFM:

    sudo vi /usr/share/doc/wireshark-common/README.Debian.


ReplayTV vs. Tivo

I’ve had a PVR / DVR for years now… and it’s a distand memory for me to channel surf while at home (it still happens a lot when i travel). Anyways, I’ve always been and advocate of the ReplayTV.

One of it’s most notable features is that they’ve ALWAYS been network ready, so it’s been able to use my existing household LAN network to connect to the Internet for updates and television schedules. It can be used with most cable networks, broadcast television, as well as satellite subscriptions…. it can even use combinations of them! With some simple configuration you can link multiple units in your household to share recording and viewing duties and even share your recordings with “others” on the Internet. Some opensource software will even allow for you to view the recorded shows on your computer in MPEG4 format.