How to Perform a Traceroute

Networking

How to Perform a Traceroute

Performing a traceroute is a done to follow the route or path that a packet takes along an IP Network.

Windows 7
  • On your desktop, click the Windows Icon  to pull up the Start Menu
  • In the Search Bar type in: cmd
    • An option to run the program cmd.exe should appear
  • Open the program (a black box will appear)
  • Type in: tracert 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • You will see a list of "hops" or stopping points taken by your packet along the network
Windows 8
  • Press the Windows Button  to pull up Start
  • Begin typing: cmd
  • Start will pull up the "app" Command Prompt
  • Click on the icon to open the program (a black box will appear)
  • Type in: tracert 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • You will see a list of "hops" or stopping points taken by your packet along the network


Mac OS X

  • Open the program Terminal
    • This can be done by:
      • Opening Launchpad 
      • Terminal may be located in the Utilities Folder
  • Type in: traceroute 8.8.8.8 and press Enter
  • You will see a list of "hops" or stopping points taken by your packet along the network


Note:

The use of IP addresses and Domain Names for performing Ping tests are interchangeable.
  • e.g. Both ping 8.8.8.8 and ping www.google.com can be used.

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