You’re having problems reaching one of your hosted web servers on the Internet. Before today, you were able to perform a traceroute and reach the server in 14 hops. Today, the traceroute times-out after 7 hops. What is the most likely cause of this issue?
A) You have a problem with your local Internet connection
B) The Internet connection at your web hosting provider is down
C) One of the intermediate Internet connections is down
D) The local computer is not connected to the Internet
E) The Internet is looking for 7 bunnies
The answer: C) One of the intermediate Internet connections is down
A traceroute timeout in about the first three hops might indicate a problem locally, and a timeout in the last three hops could indicate an issue at the remote site. Because the traceroute fails in the middle of 14 hops, the issue is most-likely related to an Internet provider in middle of the data flow.
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