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Traceroute & Torch: Powerful Troubleshooting Duo

Cranking Up the Precision

Having learned the basic function of Ping for checking IP reachability and the more advanced Traceroute for following the routes our packets take, it is now time for a deeper, more precise approach to network troubleshooting.


Acquiring a more accurate and meaningful understanding of what goes on in your network starts with using Traceroute with a new tool called Torch.


Watch the video below for an introduction to Torch and see how you can pair it with Traceroute for more efficient troubleshooting:

What is Torch?

Unlike Ping and Traceroute, Torch does not generate, send or receive packets. However, as a network monitoring tool, it is used to monitor the network and see how packets are moving between different IP hosts on your network.

 

For instance, while Ping and Traceroute determine connectivity and packet routes, respectivly, by sending pakcets over your network, Torch can follow these packets and tell you where a packet where a packet is being generated, where it is going, and where it is possibly being dropped.

 

Think of Torch exactly as its name suggests: Shining a light on an otherwise complex network to tell you exactly where the packets are and where they are going. You can read more about Torch on MikroTik's Wiki for a better understanding.

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New to This? No Worries!

If you are finding the Traceroute-Torch duo a bit complicated, you needn't worry. Our step-by-step MTCNA tutorials are freely available on our YouTube Channel as well as our MTCNA Course page, allowing you to learn at your own pace and go back and review the training sessions posted so far.