Another favorite tool.. mtr by Matt Kimball.
mtr combines the functionality of the ‘traceroute’ and ‘ping’ programs in a single network diagnostic tool.As mtr starts, it investigates the network connection between the host mtr runs on and a user-specified destination host. After it determines the address of each network hop between the machines, it sends a sequence ICMP ECHO requests to each one to determine the quality of the link to each machine. As it does this, it prints running statistics about each machine.
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