wolfpack network

how to conduct a trace route


the how to conduct a trace route tutorial is used to instruct people on how they can identify networking issues between a target ip address and themselves

tutorial instructions

step 1
from the desktop, click your Windows® "start button" and look for the text box "search programs and files"
type "cmd" into the "search programs and files" text box (see image 1)
a black command line dialog box will appear(if a dialog box appears asking for administrator permission, click yes) (see image 2)
step 2
type the following "tracert XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX " (replace XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX with the ip you are attempting to check) (see image 2)
press the enter key and wait until the trace is complete
wait until the trace route is complete
step 3
right click on the black command window and "select all"
press the "enter key" (nothing will appear to have happened, but you have copied the information to the clipboard)
navigate to the section of the forums where you wish to paste the trace route information
right click the mouse, and paste the information into the desired forum post
important!!! remove any personally identifiable information from the data BEFORE submitting

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Start button menu cmd window

warnings and notes

  1. an example of a correct tracert command is "tracert"
  2. do not include quotation marks in the command
  3. do not include an ip address with a port. an example of an ip with a port is "tracert"

frequently asked questions

how long does it take to complete a trace route?
usually not long, depending upon your internet connect and computer speed, as a guide, most trace routes take between 10 and 15 hops ( approx 2-3 minutes, max 5 minutes )
why do i need to perform a trace route?
trace routing is used to help identify problems in the way your computer connects to the rest of the world
we use the information in the trace route to pin point the specific location.
what does an example of a tracert look like?
please note that in the example, anything with an XXXXX has been removed for privacy reasons as requested in the tutorial
example as follows:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]

Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Tracing route to over a maximum of 30 hops

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms MyGateway.Home []

2 4 ms 5 ms 4 ms XXXXXXXXXX.com.au [XX.XX.XX.XX]

3 * * * Request timed out.

4 4 ms 5 ms 4 ms

5 5 ms 5 ms 4 ms

6 28 ms 28 ms 28 ms bundle-100.cor03.syd03.nsw.VOCUS.net.au []

7 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms

8 27 ms 27 ms 27 ms ten-2-3-0.bdr01.akl05.akl.VOCUS.net.nz []

9 29 ms 29 ms 28 ms

10 30 ms 33 ms 31 ms sw01-01.core.akl.nz.as133480.net.au []

11 28 ms 28 ms 29 ms

Trace complete.


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