Packet and network analyzer, desktop network tools for Wireshark users

Easily drill down from SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer Personal Edition visually rich, graphical display and get more from your Wireshark experience. Quickly sift through terabytes of packet data to identify the source of network anomalies, application performance issues, and more. Full integration with Riverbed® AirPcap® adapters also allows you analyze and troubleshoot 802.11 wireless networks.

I would like to start by just saying “WOW.” Finally a solid product for network professionals that helps them to do their job... As a Network Analyst, it is important to have tools that are reliable, manageable and adaptable to the ever-changing environments of high performance networks. Packet Analyzer is that tool. —Michael G. Hughes, Network Analyst, Global Escalations

Better metrics, fewer problems with a Personal Desktop Network Analyzer

Some network and application problems can only be resolved by capturing network traffic and analyzing it in depth. SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition is a network analyzer makes this easy by helping you find the packets you’re looking for, visualizing the data and creating professional reports. This network tool is suitable for individual users who would like to go beyond Wireshark, but \ need, neither the enterprise features, nor the distributed packet capture capabilities of the full SteelCentral Packet Analyzer product.

Features and benefits of SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition

Full Wireshark integration dramatically increases efficiency in identifying and diagnosing local network problems. Perfect for individuals who want to go beyond Wireshark but do not require full enterprise features in their network tools. With SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition, you can:

  • Quickly open and analyze multi-gigabyte trace files
  • Easily isolate and identify traffic of interest through an extensive collection of network analysis metrics called “Views”
  • Visualize long-duration live and off-line traffic statistics by moving back in time through large datasets with just a few mouse clicks
  • Baseline and monitor long-duration network traffic with a flexible trigger-alerting mechanism called “Watches”
  • Take advantage of Wireshark’s capture and display filters and prodigious dissector library for deep packet analysis from within SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition

Faster analysis through rapid drill-down into large packet captures

Viewing network traffic metrics computed over days, weeks, and months can be challenging. With SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition’s “back-in-time” capability, you can easily move through metrics over extended periods of time with just a few mouse clicks. Based on the selected time interval, sub-sampling and data aggregation techniques are used to optimize the granularity of the visual presentation of View metrics. The back-in-time capability can be applied to live and off-line traffic metrics.

SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer Personal Edition 10-Day Free Trial Download

How It Works

Step 1: Download software and install on your Windows based platform

SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer PE software analyzes network traffic seen on the local interfaces of the Windows platform on which it is installed, including traffic monitored by Riverbed AirPcap™ 802.11 wireless LAN packet capture adapters. It also analyzes standard .pcap packet trace files.

Step 2: Root cause diagnosis and resolution

Easily isolate traffic of interest using drag-and-drop multi-level drill-down and an extensive collection of network analysis Views. Configure triggers and alerts to catch abnormal behavior.

Step 3: Go deep into the packets

Use SteelCentral Packet Analyzer PE as a searchlight to help quickly locate network anomalies when millions of packets need to be analyzed. Once located, deeper packet-level inspection is accomplished through SteelCentral Packet Analyzer powerful drill-down features and Wireshark fully-integrated command line interface (CLI.)

Step 4: Analyze and present your results

The SteelCentral Packet Analyzer PE graphical user interface supports hundreds of views and charts for analyzing network traffic on local interfaces or trace files. Charts can be customized, saved, imported/exported in a variety of formats, and shared with colleagues. Chart data can also be included as part of SteelCentral Packet Analyzer PE’s automated report generator. Customized reports can be automatically generated to show elements such as:

  • Conversations (at any or all network layers)
  • IP Fragmentation Analysis
  • DHCP Address Assignments
  • TCP Top Talkers
  • Unicast vs. Multicast vs. Broadcast Traffic
Product Models

There are two Packet Analyzer software options – Packet Analyzer Personal Edition and SteelCentral Packet Analyzer.

The key comparative features between the two products are presented below.



SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Personal Edition

SteelCentral Packet Analyzer

Packet Analysis & drill-down to Wireshark


Analyze Multi-GB Capture Files


Microflow Indexing for Fast Analysis


Views for Visual Troubleshooting & Analysis


Decodes for VOIP (SIP, H323, SCCP)


Pcap-ng Support


Decodes for FIX, MySQL, MSSQL, CIFs, VMWare View (PCoIP), Citrix XenDesktop (ICA)


Integrates with NetShark and SteelHead


Packet Sequence Diagrams


Analyze live views and multi-terabyte packet recordings from SteelCentral AppResponse appliances    
Isolate specific transactions for off-line, multi-tier, user transaction analysis and performance prediction in SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer

Application Transaction Diagrams


Drill-down from SteelCentral NetProfiler


Multi-Segment Analysis


Views Editor


Licensing   Per User Per User or Concurrent

Trial Software


10 day trial

30 day trial


Riverbed Network Performance Management and WAN Optimization solves latency and visibility issues


Partner Solution

Partner Solution

With new solutions from Riverbed and VMware, you can cut the costs of operating IT infrastructure, improve cloud deployment and network visibility, and boost application performance for your users.

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