Skip to main content

Trace your IP

Tracing your IP and the hops made is easy. Remember this is different from finding your IP address. You can easily get your IP address by simply running the ‘ping’ command. This tutorial will show you the geographical locations travelled by the data between your system and some remote address.

What is an IP address?

An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is usually a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.

How to trace your IP?

 

Windows

  • Press Win + R', the Run Dialog box opens
  • Type ‘cmd’ and press Enter

    cmd
  • Type tracert www.google.com (or any other site)
    You will find many entries with their respective IP addresses. These actually denote the path travelled by the packets of data between your machine and
    www.google.com (or any other site)

    tracert

        I have blurred some data to protect my privacy.

 

Unix/Linux

  • First let me admit, this method is way cooler, the details provided are also great
  • Fire a Terminal
  • Type: traceroute www.google.com (or any other site) and press Enter. You will see the list of hops made by the packet here as well.

 

What are these addresses?

They are steps data has to travel while going from your computer to the website you wish to. This is how it works.

image

Showing above is a trace map. It starts from India (1to 5) –> then to Europe, North America , Africa(??)…whatever where the remote website is located or hosted, it doesn’t make much sense to route that so much but anyway this is how it works.

Note that this tracemap is difficult to get automatically and most of the software are paid versions, so you have to manually find that following the simple procedure below.

Ok so now that you have the list of addresses listed in number 1 to a maximum of 30 or 32 hops. All you need to do is to go to this site : http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip-lookup

Now just type in the addresses one by one and you end up with a link map.

I’ll show you one example :

image

image

Make a list and create your trace map and you are done. Have a nice time and enjoy!

Sarthak Ganguly

 

Popular posts from this blog

Burhan Wani – The man and his mission

Burhan Wani – The man and his mission The death of a young ‘hero’? On the 8th of July, Burhan Muzaffar Wani died in the Valley of Kashmir. Thousands poured out on the streets to commemorate his services to the movement that he had come to symbolize of late. The relative calm of the region was shattered with curfews, killings and allegations of human rights abuses. His father was proud for the services his son had offered in the name of their faith, convinced that he would go to Heaven. Amidst all this, the romantic ideals of a young boy, just off his teens began to shake up the youth of the entire country, both in and beyond India. There is a lot of unrest in the Kashmir Valley recently, especially in the aftermath of the death, nay execution of Burhan. All of this is not unexpected in any way. In fact, this was foreseen. Even his glorification, his elevation to the status of a martyr in the service of Islam does not come as a surprise to me.
There is a section of the media and a sig…

Indian Partition - The Forgotten Question

The Partition of India was a terrible catastrophe. There is no doubt about that. Millions were killed, displaced, thousands were raped, orphaned etc. All this was done in a space of a few months. Mobs frantically killed each other for life, religion, property, identity, revenge and any other reason they could then think of. Even since the call for Direct Action, there was no doubt about a serious religious conflict. What followed was an eventual ethnic cleansing of parts of India of non Muslims and Muslims. How it happened, what happened, how trains full of dead bodies piled up on each side of new borders is well known. Hundreds of books have been written, research over decades have been published. We know all that.

The basic idea of it all was simple - Jinnah believed Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations and the latter should have a distinct political entity for themselves, based on Islam, their faith. To identify this they had to prove one thing. That the All India Muslim Le…

The postman, Megha and I

This is a story that goes way back to 2001 or 2002. I was in the sixth standard. Yes, I do remember it quite vividly. It was funny, painful and a bit out of the ordinary – basically it had all the ingredients that allows a memory to stick a great while longer than others. In the process of my recollection, I may miss out a few pieces here and there, but it will be pretty accurate. Of course, the intention of this exercise is in no way to humiliate anyone else or point out the flaws about others’ actions. I now find it hilarious and I think so would you.
I studied in the Vivekananda Mission School, a private English medium school in Joka, on the outskirts of Kolkata. If you know the location of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, you know the location of my school. I studied there till the twelfth standard. We had many students in our class (sixth). We were divided into several sections, ranging from A to F (not sure if it was F or G). But anyway, I was in section B, the sect…