Testing Network Connectivity with the PATHPING Command

A more advanced version of the PING command, PATHPING provides more detailed network troubleshooting information by not only sending requests to the destination host specified, but also all intermediate routers on the path to the destination. Ultimately, this allows the tool to calculate the degree of packet loss every step of the way to the destination, allowing you to determine where problems are occurring. For example, what might appear to be a problem with the site www.yahoo.com might actually be an issue with one of the routers or links on the way to this server.

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