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Old 01-10-2019, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How pinging works

Hello fellow arizonan!

Simply put, to get straight to Google, you'd need a suuuuper long cable attached directly from your computer to a Google server. Which isn't feasible

All those hops you see are ISP's and the internet backbone routing your traffic to Google's server

With each hop it asks "do you (the router you're seeing) know this address?" and it keeps going down "I don't, but I know someone who might..." and it then refers you to the next hop until you find one that actually knows that address and connects you.

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