Checking internet connection without a winbox

Michael P. Brininstool mikepb at
Sat Jul 15 18:43:08 UTC 2006

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-07-02 at 15:54, Aaron Konstam wrote:
>>However, I need to learn something. tracroute when I run it does not
>>report lost packets, even if I use the -I option. What am I missing?
> Traceroute sends three packets with each time-to-live.  If you
> get three times reported at each hop, no packets were lost.  You
> should see a '*' for missing results.  However, realize that a
> lost packet for any hop could have been lost at any point
> along the way or back.

Also some machines like Solaris (at least version 2.6 and earlier) would
drop the second traceroute packet.  And if one of the hops is configured
to drop high port UDP packets all will be dropped for that hop only.

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