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Hop count from a traceroute output

by apsurfer / January 29, 2007 8:55 PM PST

Hi all,

Need some clarification..I'm getting all confused as to how to read hop count from a tracert output. Below is a tracert output to


Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 10 ms 9 ms 9 ms []
2 * 36 ms 8 ms
3 * 9 ms 8 ms []
4 20 ms 9 ms 9 ms []
5 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms
6 275 ms 274 ms 274 ms []
7 * 275 ms * []
8 273 ms 275 ms 274 ms []
9 267 ms 267 ms 267 ms []
10 267 ms * 266 ms []
11 275 ms 274 ms 303 ms []
12 306 ms 303 ms 302 ms []
13 304 ms 303 ms 305 ms []
14 299 ms * 299 ms []
15 303 ms 303 ms 306 ms []
16 305 ms 304 ms 308 ms []
17 302 ms 304 ms 304 ms []

Trace complete.

So what's the hop count to this connection? 16 or 17? Anybody who can help, please...Thank you in advance.

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What's YOUR definition?
by Kees Bakker / January 29, 2007 9:22 PM PST

If you hop from A to B (directly connected), what would you say the hop count is: 1 or 2? Or maybe 0 or 3?


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Still pretty confused..
by apsurfer / January 30, 2007 4:58 PM PST

I would say that A being the localhost would be hop 0 and B (destination) would be hop 1. Hence hop count would be 1. But i'm not sure whether it's right because the definition for hop count is the number of routers that a packet goes thru before reaching its destination. So in this case A to B does not have any intermediate routers, does it mean that hop count=0? So reading off a tracert output, would it mean the first field in the second last line or rather that in the last line??

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