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How to use Ping and Traceroute Commands

"Ping" and "traceroute" are two common commands that can be executed to determine information about a hostname or IP address (like the IP address of your VPS). Ping will tell you if a server is online and responding, as well as the speed (latency) of the response:

1. Open a shell, either by logging into your VPS with SSH or by using a program like Terminal or, for Windows, Putty.

2. Type the following, replacing with the destination IP (or domain name):


# ping


A traceroute, appropriately, traces the route taken from your local machine (wherever the traceroute is executed from) to the destination host:


# traceroute





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