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Chris On Tue, 29 May 2001 14:07:42 GMT, "AztecOne / Chris" on alt.html --

If this is a new site, it may be a propagation problem, however, for running a trace route if you are using Win 95 or 98. If you are using Win2000, there is a place for doing this, use your help file. If you are not running Windows, you will need to let us know what you are running.

The following website tracks the performance of the major backbone providers. Internetweather.com updates their page at 5 minute intervals.

 http://www.internetweather.com

For Trace Route

1. Go to a DOS prompt.

2. At the command line, type 'TRACERT yourdomain.com'(minus the quotes, replace 'yourdomain.com' with your domain name)

3. Your screen may output information that looks like:

Tracing route to example.com [1.1.1.1]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 - 123 ms - 123 ms -123 ms - 38.1.1.1
2 - 147 ms - 145 ms -182 ms - example.pop.psi.net [55.55.55.44]
3 - 170 ms - 134 ms -134 ms - 207.124.104.54
4 - 123 ms - 123 ms -123 ms - example.com [1.1.1.1]

4. This is called a traceroute, which traces, hop for hop, all the jumps you take from your internet connection to the destination. The first few hops are usually through your service provider's network. The hops from there are usually through the backbone/upstream provider your service provider uses to route internet traffic. The last few hops will be with our upstream/backbone provider through our server network and to your server.

Each hop shows timing information (designated by 3 sets of 'ms' ratings). Timing below 300 ms is good timing. Anything above that up to 1000 ms indicates some delays which will ultimately affect your overall connection performance. Any 'ms' timings represented by an asterisk (*) indicate a timeout (bad connection). Whatever hops show asterisks or timings above 500 will, more than likely, be where your connection is having problems.

Please note, if the problem occurs in the first few hops, it will affect most of the hops thereafter.

In the DOS program, you can mark, highlight, and copy the output. Paste it into an email and send it to your server company if you believe the error is on their end.


Comments --

Another web resource I like is http://www.internettrafficreport.com/index.html

It shows graphs of response time and packet loss for the world and by continent and also links to pages where you can see the status of individual routers, listed by city. -- Marj Tiefert


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