I will be the first to admit it – I love my toys (excuse me – Tools). One of the things that I have acquired several of over the years are ethernet taps. The cost, even when purchasing them used, was several hundred dollars for the name brand ones. I first learned about SharkTap over a year ago when I was working heavily with a Raspberry Pi (a subject that I plan on doing more with in the next few months. To my surprise, I learned that an updated version had been released.
Here are some of the features that got my attention
- USB Powered (No Bulky Power Supplies)
- No configuring a span port
- lowest cost tap to incorporate an aggregation port
- Protect your PC from being seen capturing traffic
- Auto-MDIX ports
For those that know me, I take care of my network equipment. I was happy to find that a spare Pelican 1010 case that I had for another purpose nicely holds the SharkTap and the USB cable that powers it from your Laptop. You have the option of using a cell phone charger that has a USB port to power SharkTap if your laptop wont be close enough to supply power.