How to Understand Traceroute results

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Traceroute results are similar for both Windows and Mac OSX.

  • During a traceroute, each new server the data goes to is called a hop. By default, a maximum of 30 hops will be traced. 
  • In a list of traceroute results, these hopes will be numbered, with the last hop always being your destination address (unless the data is unable to reach teh destination).
  • Three latency times (in milliseconds) will be shown next to each hop. The mean average of these times is considered to be the latency for that server.
  • Following the latency times, the server’s domain and/or IP address will be shown. Typically you’ll be able to search online for a specific IP address to get a better idea of where it is.
  • It’s not uncommon for certain hops to be traced as “* * * Request timed out”, such as hop 3 in the example below. This is because the server is deliberately ignoring the ICMP packets sent by a traceroute program, so there’s nothing to worry about.


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