There are three main primary objectives of traceroute tool. These objectives fulfilled by traceroute gives an insight to your network problem.


  1. The entire path that a packet travels through
  2. Names and identity of routers and devices in your path
  3. Network Latency or more specifically the time taken to send and receive data to each devices on the path

The key point people usually miss is that each packet that’s sent out doesn’t go to a different place. Many people think that it first sends a packet to the first hop, gets a time. Then it sends a packet to the second hop, gets a time, and keeps going until it gets done. That’s incorrect. It actually keeps sending packets to the final destination; the only change is the TTL that’s used. Windows uses ICMP by default while Linux uses UDP.


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