Wireshark-users: Re: [Wireshark-users] [wirshark-users]missing packet in promiscuous capture mode
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 12:54:52 -0400
If I'm not mistaken the reply from the DHCP server will go back to the requesters mac address and not a broadcast address, a switch will only forward traffic to all ports if it is a broadcast, if box A talks to box B directly, box C will never see a thing which is that I think you are seeing. 
I think you need to find yourself a nice dumb hub or to port spanning / mirroring on the switch.

Hope that helps

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From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Bob Brusa
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:45 PM
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Subject: [Wireshark-users] [wirshark-users]missing packet in promiscuous capture mode

I am debugging the DHCP implementation of an embedded board. It should  
receive its address from a ZyXEL P-661HW-D3 ADSL router. Using wireshark,  
I can see that my board starts the DHCP-process, but I can not see any  
answer of the ZyXEL to my boards requests. The funny thing however is,  
that the debugging output of my board reports receipt of such an answer -  
only to drop it because it claims a checksum error. This explains why the  
DHCP process is not successful, but it does not explain why I do not see  
this packet on wireshark. I have used filters of various kind - including  
inspection by eye, packet for packet. This packet the board reports is not  
in the list of captured packet of wireshark.

The topology of my LAN is as follows:

Zyxel___Planet switch___Planet switch ____ myboard
         FSD 1600        FSD 800      |____PC #1 running wireshark
                                      |____JTAG debugger
                                      |____PC #2

Does the switch play a dirty trick? Unlikely, because I see the packets  
 from my board and all those other packets going to/from the PC and JTAG  
debugger. And the DHCP-process for the two PCs was successful. Thanks for  
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