Network Troubleshooting Video Series

Episode 22, Segment 01 of 07

Traceroute: "Ping" on Steroids!

If you'd like to know how the "tracert" or "traceroute" command works and how it can help you discover information about the probable location of and networks used by other people on the Internet, you've come to the right place. 

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"Traceroute" (the command is spelled "tracert" under Windows) is the best way to discover the Internet pathway between your computer and some other IP address.

In the movie entitled "Ping: The Network Troubleshooter's Favorite Tool", we showed how one Internet-compatible computer can send a - "ping" - message to another, receiving a response as if it had - "bounced" - back. If you haven't seen that movie yet, you should watch it before proceeding here, because this movie builds on those concepts, and it explains how to issue commands from a DOS window and format command lines of the type that we'll be showing here in the segments that follow.

For this movie, let's shift our vantage point inside the Internet so we can watch that ping operation in greater detail...

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Episode 22, Segment 02 of  07