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I am getting really confused with ping and traceroute.
In laymans terms what is the difference.
I understand the basics, but I am in a class and supposed to download ping software. I have downloaded several but it looks like it is giving me traceroute results (hops).
What do you use?
Traceroute (DOS: tracert <server IP/DNS> ) will trace the path of a packet to a server over a maximum number of hops (as the packet finds it's way to the server in question, it passes through a number of routers, DNS servers etc. Each one of these is a hop). It will tell you how much time each hop took and resolve the IP address of each machine.
I generally use DOS for this, but there are packages such as McAfee Visual Trace (formerly NeoTrace, I think) that have nice visual interfaces.