How to do a Tracert

A traceroute is a function which traces the path from one network to another. It allows us to diagnose the source of many problems.

Note: To be effective, the traceroute MUST be run during a time when you are experiencing the problem, from a computer that is experiencing the problem.

To run traceroute on Windows:

Use your keyboard shortcuts, press and hold Windows button + R simultaneously and type "cmd" (without the quotes), alternatively simply click on the Start button and typing "cmd" would suffice.

Enter the following command at the prompt:

tracert <domain/server> and hit enter, where <domain/server> is the hostname or IP address of the server being tested.

eg tracert mail.domain.tld


Open Terminal by navigating to /Applications/Utilities.
In the Terminal window type telnet followed by the <domain/server>,

eg traceroute mail.domain.tld


Press CTRL+Alt+T simulaneously
In the Terminal window type telnet followed by the <domain/server>,

eg traceroute mail.domain.tld

You may have to wait up to a minute or more for the test to complete. It will generate a list of the connections along the way and some information about the speed of the steps along the way.

Send us the complete results (every line) for analysis.

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