A traceroute tracks how many transfers or hops your computers has to go through on a network before you reach are able to contact another computer/server.
To use a traceroute you will need the other computers IP address (00.000.000.000) or website address (www.website.com).
Directions for Windows
- Go to the start menu
- Go to Run
- When Run box pop-up appears type the following
tracert IP Address
***Replace the bold with the destination website or IP address***
How to Read Your Traceroute
The first column represents the number of networks or stops your information has made while attempting to contact the other computer/server. The next three columns represent the time (in milliseconds) for three different attempts to reach the other computer. The last column is the name of the host that responded to the request.