Using Wireshark under ISP Acceptable Use Policy

At work I've seen people using Wireshark to diagnose networking issues and was interested in learning more about it for education purposes. My ISP has the following in their AUP:

NO "HACKING" You agree that you will not use, nor allow others to use, the Internet Service to access the accounts of others or to attempt to penetrate security measures of the Internet Service or access any other person's computer or computer system, software, data, confidential or proprietary information of others without the owner's knowledge and consent ("hacking") or to cause a disruption of service to other on-line users. You agree that you will not use, nor allow others to use, tools designed for compromising network security, such as password guessing programs, cracking tools, packet sniffers or network probing tools.

Right now I have my desktop PC that I would like to use the Ethernet adapter in promiscuous mode to capture network traffic on my router (This is my personal router, not one provided by the ISP).

I have two interpretations of the AUP:

  1. If I am connected to their WAN in anyway, then there is no packet sniffing allowed at all.
  2. Packet sniffing is allowed within my LAN on my device, but trying to use my PC to sniff the WAN is prohibited.

Am I able to use Wireshark in promiscuous mode on this desktop PC, while the router is connected to the internet under this rule in the AUP?

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