TRACERT: Tracking Packets

If you can’t PING a remote host, it could be that your echo packets are getting held up along the way. To find out, you can use the TRACERT (trace route) command:

tracert [-d] [-h maximum_hops] [-j host-list] [-w timeout] target_name


Specifies not to resolve IP addresses to hostnames.

-h maximum_hops

Specifies the maximum number of hops to search for the target_name. (The default is 30.)

-j host-list

Specifies loose source route along the host-list.

-w timeout

Waits the number of milliseconds specified by timeout for each reply.


Specifies the hostname of the destination computer.

TRACERT operates by sending ICMP echo packets with varying TTL values. Recall that TTL places a limit on the number of hops ...

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