On modern networks there might be a number of routers between two machines on the network. The traceroute utility can give information about the number of hops traffic passes to reach a destination. Every OS has a built-in traceroute utility that can be used via different commands:
- Windows: tracert
- Linux: traceroute
- Cisco IOS: traceroute
You can use traceroute as a baseline test for network connectivity. You can also document the intermediary hops between two critical points in normal network operations and compare traceroute results any time there is a problem. This . . .
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