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Traceroute is used to trace the path between you and the remote host as a series of nodes and the links between them. Typically it displays three latency measurements for each node and looks up node names if it is available. Under Windows it's called "tracert," as in the examples below. If you use Linux, substitute "traceroute" for "tracert." Here's the command used to start a traceroute. Go to your command prompt and type in the command like below and hit enter.

c:\>tracert www.techtv.com

tracert www.TechTV.com
Tracing route to www.techtv.com [] over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 21 ms 17 ms 15 ms gateway.example.net
2 18 ms 18 ms 21 ms internal.example.net
3 19 ms 20 ms 17 ms border.example.net
4 21 ms 19 ms 21 ms 500.Serial2-11.GW3.SFO4.ALTER.NET
5 19 ms 20 ms 18 ms 129.ATM2-0.XR1.SFO4.ALTER.NET
6 19 ms 20 ms 19 ms 191.ATM6-0.GW4.SFO4.ALTER.NET
7 25 ms 25 ms 26 ms internap-gw.customer.alter.net
8 24 ms 24 ms 26 ms border5.ge3-1-bbnet1.sfo.pnap.net
9 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms techtv-1.border5.sfo.pnap.net
10 28 ms 24 ms 25 ms
Trace complete.

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  • I tried to tracert several url..I got the same result that is * *. I m using wireless router Aztech WL830RT4 conected to ZTE modem ZXDSL 831 . How do I correct this.

    2007-12-11 05:42:46

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last modified: 2003-04-15 08:17:50