4.6. Task 4.6: Using Traceroute Utilities

The ping utility is ideal in situations in which the intermediate network infrastructure is known or trusted. When a ping fails, however, the broken link can be caused by the source, destination, or any device in between. The ping utility has no way of pinpointing the break in the path from a single execution. If the echo from source to destination fails, you must choose another device along the path to ping in order to begin determining where the problem lies.

With the traceroute utility, it is possible to conduct a trace from a single device in one step. The source of the traceroute does not send out ICMP packets, as in the case of the ping utility, but the destination and intermediate devices send ...

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