How to Use the Traceroute Command

Today, we were sitting in canteen and discussing about having basic knowledge about Networking. Everyone should have basic knowledge of networking. But that knowledge ends with how to know your IP Address or getting to know MAC Address.

In today’s world we live on internet and its nothing but a web of computers which is nothing but computer network. Some time back I knew hot to reach to a computer to which actually I am pointing to. But I could not recollect it today. So I used Google :).

When we connect to a computer using some address like www.hostname.com, we actually go through a series of routers and computers and finally reach to that host. Now how to find the route through which I get to this host? So here is a simple command on Windows – "tracert" followed by address. as give below

tracert www.google.com

This command will give me number of hopping points through which I will finally reach the computer on which this website is hosted. So this is what I revised ( as I knew it earlier 🙂 ) today. So this post is to not to forget this command again.

Here is the output of command

tracert http://www.indiagetonline.in

Tracing route to ghs.l.google.com [209.85.175.121]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  192.168.1.1
  2    25 ms    23 ms    23 ms  117.195.64.1
  3    24 ms    22 ms    23 ms  218.248.164.74
  4    60 ms    60 ms    59 ms  218.248.255.82
  5    63 ms    55 ms    55 ms  59.163.206.161.static.chennai.vsnl.net.in [59.163.206.161]
  6    57 ms    56 ms    56 ms  172.31.35.198
  7     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  8    56 ms    56 ms    56 ms  59.163.25.46.static.vsnl.net.in [59.163.25.46]
  9    56 ms    55 ms    55 ms  180.87.36.53
10    60 ms    56 ms    56 ms  if-7-2.tcore1.MLV-Mumbai.as6453.net [180.87.36.33]
11    56 ms    58 ms    57 ms  if-2-2.tcore2.MLV-Mumbai.as6453.net [180.87.38.2]
12    57 ms    55 ms    56 ms  216.6.13.14
13    61 ms    56 ms    55 ms  209.85.241.52
14    84 ms    82 ms    72 ms  209.85.251.95
15   201 ms   202 ms   204 ms  66.249.94.38
16   127 ms   202 ms   203 ms  209.85.241.173
17   140 ms   200 ms   205 ms  66.249.94.126
18   142 ms   202 ms   202 ms  nx-in-f121.1e100.net [209.85.175.121]

Trace complete.

Happy tracing. :)​

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