How to perform a traceroute

Traceroute is a common diagnostic tool for displaying the route and measuring any delayed packets across a network. The traceroute command is available by default on almost all modern operating systems, and for ones that it is not included on by default, it is usually simple to go about installing it.

Usage

Windows

  1. Click on the Start menu
  2. Then click Run
  3. Type cmd to open a command prompt
  4. At the prompt, type tracert shelbydenike.com and then hit enter
  5. You will not be presented with the complete route from your computer to my site. Of course, you would change out shelbydenike.com for the domain you are trying to troubleshoot.

Mac OS

  1. Open up the terminal by going to Macintosh HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal
  2. Once the terminal is open you will then type traceroute shelbydenike.com and hit enter.
  3. This will run the traceroute and you will see something like the following
traceroute: Warning: shelbydenike.com has multiple addresses; using 172.67.169.127
traceroute to shelbydenike.com (172.67.169.127), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  router (10.0.1.1)  7.477 ms  2.849 ms  2.849 ms
 2  96.120.41.49 (96.120.41.49)  7.895 ms  12.578 ms  14.176 ms
 3  68.87.185.25 (68.87.185.25)  11.939 ms  9.731 ms  9.978 ms
 4  68.85.222.209 (68.85.222.209)  15.211 ms  22.203 ms  16.031 ms
 5  162.151.20.165 (162.151.20.165)  15.496 ms  17.756 ms  20.341 ms
 6  96.216.134.10 (96.216.134.10)  22.233 ms  20.226 ms  21.110 ms
 7  be-32121-cs02.350ecermak.il.ibone.comcast.net (96.110.42.181)  27.152 ms  26.580 ms
    be-32111-cs01.350ecermak.il.ibone.comcast.net (96.110.42.177)  29.853 ms
 8  be-2312-pe12.350ecermak.il.ibone.comcast.net (96.110.33.218)  28.503 ms
    be-2412-pe12.350ecermak.il.ibone.comcast.net (96.110.33.222)  26.912 ms
    be-2403-pe03.350ecermak.il.ibone.comcast.net (96.110.37.30)  27.993 ms
 9  173.167.56.42 (173.167.56.42)  48.152 ms  69.814 ms
    50.248.117.166 (50.248.117.166)  74.799 ms
10  172.70.128.2 (172.70.128.2)  36.554 ms
    172.70.176.2 (172.70.176.2)  20.078 ms
    172.70.124.2 (172.70.124.2)  26.061 ms
11  172.67.169.127 (172.67.169.127)  34.553 ms  30.392 ms  23.991 ms

*Note that mine does give an error about the multiple addresses, this is due to me utilizing Cloudflare.