Tracing Network Communications with the TRACERT Command

In cases where you don’t need the detailed information that PATHPING provides in generating diagnostic information about the route between your PC and a destination host, try the TRACERT command. TRACERT literally traces the path between a source and destination host, showing you which intermediate routers are traversed on the journey.

This command is much quicker than PATHPING, but provides critical information about how long the delay is at each router, thus allowing you to determine why a connection might be slow, for example. For a great overview of how the command works, use TRACERT to trace the route to a server in the UK (say, and then trace the route to a site in Mongolia, such as

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