[Winpcap-users] Efficiency of winpcap library

Guy Harris guy at alum.mit.edu
Wed Feb 11 02:10:44 GMT 2009

On Feb 10, 2009, at 2:50 PM, Charu Agrawal wrote:

> What is the maximum achievable speed of frame capture possible using  
> the winpcap library. I tried testing with the Wireshark ( which uses  
> the winpcap library)

...and, if you're capturing in "Update list of packets in real time",  
also uses its dissectors for every frame.

I.e., if you're trying to capture packets arriving at a very high rate  
with Wireshark, try turning "Update list of packets in real time" off;  
otherwise, Wireshark does a *lot* of work for each packet, which  
limits the rate at which it can process incoming packets.

Even when you're capturing *without* "Update list of packets in real  
time", Wireshark updates the packet counts in the capture summary  
window, which involves reading each packet (and determining, to some  
degree, what type of packet it is), so you might just want to use  
dumpcap and write to a file, and then read the file later with  

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