Trace the route your computer must take to get to your favorite web site!
This question was answered on December 4, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Ever wonder what actually happens when you type a web address into your computers web browser? Where did your computer have to go to get the information you requested? Trace the route that your computer must take to get to your favorite web sites with the DOS command "tracert".
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Click on the Start button, then on Programs, then on "MS-DOS prompt" This will open a DOS window with the C:\Windows prompt Type "tracert www.cnn.com" (or substitute your favorite web site) and watch the results Tracert will trace the route that your computer must take and show you each "hop" or computer that it must use to do so The more "hops" it takes the longer it will take to download the web site For you real geeks, type "tracert" by itself for all of the switches.
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on December 4, 1999