[Snort-users] A question about taps

Joel Esler joel.esler at ...1935...
Fri Sep 16 07:17:03 EDT 2005


Are you sure it's a tap?  "it does exactly what a tap should do and  
outputs all traffic it receives
> on any of the 3 ports to all the other ports."  -- Sounds like a  
> hub to me.

Joel Esler

On Sep 16, 2005, at 9:45 AM, Brett, Gary wrote:

> Hi there
>
> Just a quick question, I have in my possession a simple little  
> plastic tap
> (basically a little adapter type thing that has 3 RJ48 ports on it,  
> it is
> not a powered device just a little internally wired adapter). After  
> testing
> it, it does exactly what a tap should do and outputs all traffic it  
> receives
> on any of the 3 ports to all the other ports.
>
> My question is this, from reading snort mailing list archives and  
> FAQ's,
> people are suggesting that one should invest in a more complex,  
> powered unit
> e.g. Shomiti, Finisar and Netoptics etc costing many hundreds of  
> dollars in
> some cases. I would just like to know why my little plastic $5  
> gizmo is not
> on that list of recommended items ? Is there something my gizmo  
> does or does
> not do that makes it a bad choice for a SNORT NIDS (even in my  
> small test
> environment). I would really like to know
>
>
> Any help on this would be greatly appreciated
> Gary
>
>
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