A packet sniffer on a hub can show you a lot of traffic. Hubs see all the traffic in that particular collision...
domain. Using a switch changes things as a switch is supposed to be smart enough to know which particular port to send traffic to and block it from all the rest. Sniffing traffic there will require you to span a port so that one port is configured to receive copies of all the packets in the broadcast domain.
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