A trace route shows that path that a connection takes from your computer to a website, or another computer.It will list all the routers it passes through until it reaches its destination, or fails to and is discarded. In addition to this, it will tell you how long each ‘hop’ from router to router takes.
How to Trace route a Website Domain in Windows OS ?
Step 1: From your Start Menu, go to “Programs“, then to “Accessories“.
Step 2: Here you will find either “MS-DOS Prompt” or “Command Prompt“. (OR) Click on “Start” –>Run–>type “cmd” and click on OK.
Step 3: Click on that program and a window should appear with some information regarding your version of windows and a prompt. The command prompt window may show different text than the above. However, that will not affect this process.
Step 4: At the prompt, enter the following:
Step 5: After typing the above, press ENTER, you will get back a long list of information, and it will return to the original prompt you started with. To copy the results, right click on the menu bar of this window, go to “Edit” and select “Mark”. Starting at the upper left-hand corner of the command prompt window, highlight the full contents of the trace results. Once you have it all highlighted, press the ENTER key on your keyboard. This will put the highlighted information into your Windows clipboard, allowing you to paste that into a text file.
How to Trace route a Website Domain in Macintosh OSX ?
Step 1: You can use an application called Terminal to run a trace route. You should be able to locate Terminal in your hard drive in the Utilities folder, under Applications.
NOTE: Terminal uses a command-line interface. This means you’ll be entering commands at a prompt rather than using the more familiar Aqua graphic interface.
Step 2: Once you have launched Terminal, enter the following to run the trace route:
Step 3: Once this has completed, highlight the contents of the Terminal window. Click on the “Edit” menu and select “Copy“. You can then paste this information into a text file