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Wireshark-users: Re: [Wireshark-users] Replace NIC drivers?

From: Guy Harris <guy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:35:46 -0700
Zeeple wrote:
Does anyone know what happens when ws is installed in terms of the existing nic driver? Is it replaced? Is it modified?

No, and no.

The answer to "Is it left alone?" is "yes".

Wireshark will install WinPcap, but that doesn't replace existing network adapter drivers, either. It does install a driver, but that's not a network adapter driver, it's a driver that plugs into the same framework that network adapter drivers plug into (NDIS), so that WinPcap's driver can connect to the network adapter and receive packets from it.