Flowmon Packet Investigator (FPI) is a network traffic auditing tool that automatically records and analyzes full packet data. Combining automated PCAP analysis and built-in expert knowledge, it provides you with an instant deep understanding of emergent issues and offers suggestions for a remedy.
Autonomous investigation of DHCP, DNS, FTP, IMAP, IMF, POP, SIP, SLAAC, SMB, SMTP, IP, TCP, SSL, HTTP.
Let the analytical engine locate the root-cause, describe it and recommend a solution.
On-demand and on-event L2-L7 network traffic recording (packet sniffing).
The Flowmon Packet Investigator performs an automatic decision-tree analysis of network protocols, their dependencies, RFC specifications and errors from a PCAP file, giving you an immediate number of issues found as well as their severity.
The FPI houses decades of combined networking experience provided by our in-house experts. By expanding the analysis results, you can browse through the individual analysis steps and see explanations of the possible root-cause of issues including recommendations for remedial action.
Never drop a packet. You can record packets manually, upload your own PCAP files or the FPI can performed automated policy-based packet capture, e.g. upon security event detection, at speeds of 1G–100G. The rolling buffer retains a number of packets from before the event occurred, making sure that no history is lost.
The FPI is built to cover a broad spectrum of protocols with the number constantly rising. Identify malfunctions or misconfigurations of critical network devices (ARP, DNS, DHCP, ICMP, NTP), expose client/server encryption incompatibility (SSL/TLS version, encryption algorithms, certificates), application protocol stack issues (HTTP, Samba, FTP, IMAP, POP, etc.) or IoT issues (CoAP, IEC104, GOOSE, MMS, MQTT).
"Flowmon Packet Investigator helps us to automate troubleshooting, which means we can spend less time in Wireshark PCAPs. Instead of going through packets manually, we know immediately what kind of issue we are dealing with and what the root cause is. And because we don't need deep knowledge of network protocols to use it, packet analysis is made available to every member of our IT team."
The FPI is like an extra team member.
Required skill set
|Operator, Junior admin, L1 engineer||Analyst, Senior admin, L2/L3 engineer|
Primary use case
|Automated root cause analysis||Manual troubleshooting, forensic analysis|
|Monitoring appliances, 1G/10G/40G/100G||Diagnostic laptops, hosts, usually 1G|
|Central control and scheduling||Manual on individual locations|
|Triggered capture & REST API||None or homegrown scripts|
The FPI captures full-packet traces on-demand via automated, manual, and scheduled triggers, or lets you upload your own file.
The analytical engine investigates the packet traces via an intelligent decision-tree analysis.
The FPI looks for RFC deviations and unexpected occurrences and translates the errors into intelligible explanations.
You can see the number and severity of issues located with the option to view the full analysis right away.
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