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WhatRoute Reviews

2.2.7
06 October 2019

Geographically trace online data-packet routes.

anonymous-heron-1388
03 October 2010

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The description needs to be improved. Looking at the description alone, the application seems nothing more than a GUI wrapper for the traceroute command line function. However, after downloading and checking the application, it comes with several other useful functions, not the least a map. The interface does need some work, though, as it seems to be straight from the OS9 era.
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Version 1.10.1

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Chrischram
25 June 2018
Crashes when I click the Trace button. Back to the previous version.
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Version 2.1.5
eglouise6
14 February 2018
Doesn't work :(
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Version 2.1.2
scorpionpredator14
12 February 2018
This traceroute comand with visualization is looking pretty good
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Version 2.1.2
Tubo
07 February 2017
All links dead, equally on original website.
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Version 2.0.13
Darmok
03 December 2016
I pushed the map to my big tv, full screen. Fascinating to watch the flow of connections flying around on the map.
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Version 2.0.10
Steinar-Helgesen
20 September 2014
Not to fond of the layout on the program WhatRoute. I use VisualRoute, i like the layout much more and i guess because i have bought it.
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Version 1.13.0
neartheredrocks
14 December 2013
A great all-in-one tool for Whois, Trace, Ping, Query, Finger, Address Scan, and Port Scan tasks. One request: It would be great if the map could be made bigger and would also show some information for Whois queries. Still, clearly a 5 star application. Thanks to the developer!
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Version 1.12.0
DOCa-Cola
22 July 2013
A useful tool. It could need a graphical update though. It looks more like an Mac OS 9 app than a OS X app :)
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Version 1.11.0
D1b
20 April 2013
Everytime I try to start a trace, it crashes.
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Version 1.11.0-b2
2 answer(s)
Mitch-de
Mitch-de
01 May 2013
for me last versions didnt crash, trace works (OS X 10.8.3)
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D1b
D1b
01 May 2013
I had an old version of WhatRouteHelper running and Bryan helped me clear it out: sudo killall -9 WhatRouteHelper sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/WhatRoute/WhatRouteHelper For some reason it didn't update properly. All is working well now.
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mymon
19 April 2013
I like the mtr better
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Version 1.11.0-b2
2 answer(s)
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
19 April 2013
What a weird "review". The very least would be to say why mtr is better - and especially, where go get it for OS X.
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sjk
sjk
30 April 2013
For anyone who cares, http://www.bitwizard.nl/mtr/ is the home page and it's easy to install an OS X binary using MacPorts.
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Jazzyguy
28 July 2012
Excellent Software. It does exactly what it is designed to do. Vey handy to use.
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Version 1.10.8
Gregm
10 February 2012
Removing net.whatroute prefs and cache created by older version "cures" the lock-up when 1.10.7 is installed after using older version.
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Version 1.10.7
1 answer(s)
Bryan Christianson
Bryan Christianson
10 February 2012
There is a small uninstall applet that will delete the old settings. See http://whatroute.net/download.html
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Scrivens
10 February 2012
Can't get 1.10.7 to work on my 2011 iMac under 10.6.8 no matter where it is installed. Asks for the admin password, then 'loading database' then spinning beachball and 'Application not responding' in Activity monitor. 10.1.6 still works fine.
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Version 1.10.7
6 answer(s)
Gregm
Gregm
10 February 2012
Removing net.whatroute prefs and cache from user library folder fixed that for me.
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Mousee
Mousee
10 February 2012
Thanks Gregm, I had the exact same problem and you solved it. Cheers.
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Meersworld
Meersworld
10 February 2012
Yes, removing the two files from the Preferences folder took care of my problem as suggested by Gregm.
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Gregm
Gregm
10 February 2012
See developer's response under the troubleshooting tab. Side note-- he responded to my bug report in less than an hour. Made a small paypal contribution for his work.
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Scrivens
Scrivens
11 February 2012
Thanks guys, worked a treat.
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Hkim
Hkim
11 February 2012
Thanks as well. I had exactly the same problem in 10.6.8
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Gregm
01 December 2011
It *WILL* fail if you try to run it from the downloaded disk image. Drag it to your applications folder/ desk top/ where-ever to run it
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Version 1.10.6
W-h-k
01 December 2011
Tells me three times about the need to enter admin name and password, never asks for it, then quits because WhatRouteHelper has not started. Total failure.
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Version 1.10.6
9 answer(s)
Foyan
Foyan
01 December 2011
+1 Actually seems unusable on OS 10.6.8. Did revert to 1.10.3
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Foyan
Foyan
01 December 2011
Oh btw 1.10.5 is just working fine also.
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Spaf
Spaf
01 December 2011
Yup, same problem in 10.7.2. Back to the previous version...
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Gregm
Gregm
01 December 2011
Core2 Duo OS 10.6.8. Works just fine **AFTER** you move it off the DMG ---- screws up every time that you try to run it from the mounted disk image (HINT-HINT)
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Bryan Christianson
Bryan Christianson
01 December 2011
Copy the WhatRoute application from the mounted disk image to a folder on your system that has no space characters (" ") in the path. WhatRouteHelper will then run correctly. This is a minor glitch with a simple work-around.
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Foyan
Foyan
01 December 2011
So doing, 1.10.6 works as expected, indeed. Thanks for the tip.
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W-h-k
W-h-k
02 December 2011
I tried it in vain on 10.7.2. Now i read that I can't put it in my folder "3rd party utilities" because of a "no space in folder name allowed" bug, that was introduced in the new release ...
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Gregm
Gregm
02 December 2011
"Now i read that I can't put it in my folder "3rd party utilities"" Why not just put the application in your Applications folder and then put an alias where-ever you like. You can avoid a lot of grief all over (not just this app) if you try to work within the Apple system standards.
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xXAkumuXx
xXAkumuXx
10 February 2012
I know a lot of people that don't know how to install apps in OS X. There should be a beginner tutorial video on these most rudimentary of Mac tasks.
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Chrischram
01 September 2011
This is probably the least stable application I use under Lion. Lots of crashes and scrolling just doesn't work right at all. I can't dump it though. It's just too useful.
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Version 1.10.5
Donmontalvo
25 July 2011
Stable, reliable under 10.6.8...how about Lion?
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Version 1.10.5
Islandmacman
09 April 2011
This is a flashback app... it's straight out of the last century... in a good way imo As with the previous comment: the app description needs an update - there are many features in this application that are pretty cool yet unadvertised. The Google map link is a great feature. I'm on the fence with the interface - it definitely needs work, yet somehow I feel like there should be two versions - one with an OS 9 look, and the other with a modern OS X slickness. Regardless, it is good to see WhatRoute again, thanks.
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Version 1.10.4
anonymous-heron-1388
03 October 2010
The description needs to be improved. Looking at the description alone, the application seems nothing more than a GUI wrapper for the traceroute command line function. However, after downloading and checking the application, it comes with several other useful functions, not the least a map. The interface does need some work, though, as it seems to be straight from the OS9 era.
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Version 1.10.1
DemandExcellence
25 September 2010
This version fails to start on 10.5.8. It keeps saying that a pane would ask for my administrator password but failed to show that pane. Oh well.
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Version 1.10.0
Big77
19 August 2010
Since installing 1.9.1 every address I enter resolves to 110.211.5.0. (The older version works correctly.) I wrote to the developer but did not receive a reply. Further comments: takes nearly 10 seconds before it begins to resolve. If I cancel a trace before complete then WhatRoute crashes upon quitting. Like the product, like the idea, but this version needs a some work!
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Version 1.9.1
1 answer(s)
Big77
Big77
11 January 2011
Developer did eventually contact me. He apologized and said he was ill. He was extremely responsive from that point on and fixed the problem after some investigation. A pleasure to work with!
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Satcomer
14 August 2010
Love this program now it's working on 10.6. Now please include an Update function in the program and I will donate again!
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Version 1.9.1
WhatRoute is easier to use than I thought it would be. You don't need to know the destination IP address(es) or your own starting address; all you have to do is type in the host name (i.e.: apple.com) and click Trace to get the response times between your own IP address and the destination address(es). There are some complex options available for those who really know what they're doing, which I don't, so I left them set to the defaults. Response times are measured in milliseconds (a thousandth (1/1,000); it will take some practice to get a feel for how fast or slow that is. But it's doable.
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Version 1.9.0
Bellidancer
07 February 2008
I am very glad WhatRoute has been updated. It offers some unique functionality I haven't been able to find else where. 3lusiv3 - What Route can do an address scan. Select address scan. Type in the first address and the subnet mask. 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0 will search every address from .1 to .255 Great, great program!
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Version 1.8.18
Davedecay
06 February 2008
Still PowerPC (not Universal Binary) app, so it uses Rosetta on Intel Macs. The LAN monitor function is nice to see what IP addresses are in use on your network.
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Version 1.8.18
Dom21
06 February 2008
Isn't route finding capability built into Apple's "Network Utility"? What does this do differently?
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Version 1.8.18
3lusiv3
06 February 2008
I would love it if this app had the ability to ping a group of addresses. For example ping 10.1.31.1 to 254 so that I can see what is on my network. Is there another app that can do that?
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Version 1.8.18
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Bradsmith74
Bradsmith74
06 February 2008
There are a number of options. I like XNmap, which is a front-end for the Unix nmap utility. You can enter a range to scan like 10.1.31.1-254 and it will not only tell you which address get a response, but can scan each device for open ports. Very powerful, but with all of the available options, a bit cumbersome to use.
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Version 1.8.18
smtips
06 February 2008
Seems to work okay...but.... How in the world do I get the hops to show up on the Map? This used to work just fine. I do a trace now, I can see it hitting the addresses at the top of the map window, but it isn't showing the hops on the map. Strange.
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Version 1.8.18
Dlw
21 June 2007
So is WhatRoute completely dead? I've been using it for almost as long as it's been available but it's pretty broken now. DNS queries fail under 10.4.10 and, with ping, the function tries to execute with bogus IP addresses. Sigh. Guess I'll have to use the Apple utility
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Version 1.8.17-2
Ofsg
06 July 2006
Still no joy here on an old Dual 500 G4 running Tiger. I cannot ping, trace, or snoop anything (though I can from the Terminal), and I get an error about not being able to load the WhatRouteHelper when I try to snoop. This is the same behavior I had with the previous version (1.8.15) on my Dual 2.0 G5 at home. I have two ethernet interfaces in my G4 at work, but only one at home, so I don't know if that's an issue or not. However, the older 1.8.14 version still works on both systems.
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Version 1.8.16
Ken20
06 July 2006
Bryan, thanks so much for fixing WhatRoute. 1.8.16 is now working. WhatRoute is now back in my network toolkit!
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Version 1.8.16
Smpdigital
06 July 2006
I don't get it, this is just like Network Utility built in Mac OS X, only uglier and obtrusive, just try pressing cancel while it asks for your user's password, and it shouldn't been asking for it in the first place.
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Version 1.8.16
Thegoodguy
03 July 2006
Wow lol it's like a non apple / not as nice version of Network Utility made in realbasic.. ?
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Version 1.8.15
3 answer(s)
Alanr
Alanr
04 July 2006
No kidding. It's been around for 10 years, pre OSX, since before anything like it existed. I've been using it for nearly that long and it's still useful since it presents the results in an easy to use fashion.
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Version 1.8.15
Mrgando
Mrgando
05 July 2006
dude... this is not JUST like network utility , damn noob..
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Version 1.8.15
Andre-Vink
Andre-Vink
24 August 2006
Doesn't work on my MBP 10.4.7 "Unable to load WhatRouteHelper. Please re-install WhatRoute from the release media."
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Version 1.8.17
Crysdevbec
03 July 2006
I'm having the same problem with the program. Traces and pings all fail, but I can ping the same IP addresses just fine from a terminal window. Running 10.3.9.
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Version 1.8.15
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Tomkeller
Tomkeller
03 July 2006
You wrote that you are using 10.3.9. Does the requirement shown: "Mac OS X 10.4 or later apply?" Just asking. I am using 10.3.9 and just was about to close the page because of the above "requirement" when I saw your comment.
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Version 1.8.15
Crysdevbec
Crysdevbec
03 July 2006
Based on the Version History notes left by the developer, the only PPC/Intel issue is with WhatRouteHelper. I believe WhatRoute itself should still work on 10.3.9
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Version 1.8.15
Tomkeller
Tomkeller
03 July 2006
It certainly appears as if you are correct. I was curious so I went to the developer site. It reads "WhatRoute 1.8.15 (Mac OSX 10.3.9 and later) is now available." Interesting that MacUpdate or someone else put in the "requirement" of 10.4 or later. Good luck in getting WhatRoute to work (no sarcasm intended).
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Version 1.8.15
Alanr
Alanr
04 July 2006
See my reply about unchecking Use UDP Traceroute in the previous post.
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Version 1.8.15
Mrgando
02 July 2006
Its not working for me , I think my router its blocking its ping probes ( and everything else ) ... its weird because if I try to ping a site via terminal , its ok and I recieve reply... but this app shows everything down.. Could anyone help me ?
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Version 1.8.15
2 answer(s)
Alanr
Alanr
04 July 2006
Go into options and uncheck Use UDP Traceroute. The Router/Modem breaks this. It's an old issue.
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Version 1.8.15
Mrgando
Mrgando
05 July 2006
I unchecked the UDP Traceroute option already and still I can't use the app. Also each time I quit the app I get "Closed unexpectedly." , I would LOVE to see this app working, I could beta test.. etc. If anyone solves the problem with the app , it would be great.
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Version 1.8.15
Apgiuliano
02 July 2006
I have used this program for many many years and have found it's value to be inestimable. Nothing on the Mac platform comes close to Whatroute's form and function. For example the reverse whois to the ISP by IP, and the mapping function make this the best of it's kind on the Mac. I am glad it was revived. Thanks old friend...
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Version 1.8.15
Ajung
02 July 2006
Not really a helpful tool..although for free. Just a wrapper around tools like traceroute...
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Version 1.8.15
2 answer(s)
Albion
Albion
02 July 2006
The author says as much on his own web site... your point? He should be praised for such devotion in maintaining an old favorite of many Mac users. Most others would have abandoned this project long ago.
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Version 1.8.15
Apgiuliano
Apgiuliano
02 July 2006
The people who do not find it useful are the ones who are only at the first level of computer usage These are helpful tools for more in depth analyis of the internet, it's traffic and shortcomings. Whatroute contributes greatly to my job as a Systems Engineer. You would be amazed as to what this app has done that others of it's kind on the Mac fail to do...
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Version 1.8.15
Ken20
02 July 2006
Bryan, I was about to reply to Anoymous with a scathing tirade along the lines of "your firewall is the problem and don't take it out on the developer" BUT he's right. Nothing comes back - no pings (to www.apple.com) no ping's, traceroute doesn't work apart from lots of red stars etc. Tried it at home on my ADSL line and at the office LAN. Same results. Shame because I've always been a great supporter of WhatRoute and was deleriously happy to see an update. Hope the problems get fixed soon (waht the problems are is anyones guess!) - MacBook Pro running 10.4.7
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Version 1.8.15
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Apgiuliano
Apgiuliano
02 July 2006
I cannot duplicate any of your problems and I have a 7 computer network in my home with wireless routers and all the fixings...
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Version 1.8.15
26cab40
02 July 2006
Why is this listed as Intel, when only the helper program is UB ? Misleading.
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Version 1.8.15
3 answer(s)
Alanr
Alanr
02 July 2006
Did you check the author's web page? -------------------------------------- Updated - 2 July, 2006 I am not sure if there is any real need for WhatRoute now that we a vast range of UNIX tools at our disposal. However, I still receive requests for updates and modifications to the software, so I have resurrected the source and fixed many problems that have been brought to my attention in the last 4 years. I dont expect that I will move the entire application to Universal Binary. To do so requires a major re-write and this would not seem to be justified, given that the initial reason I wrote the software was to solve networking problems on a platform that had no tools at all. Times have changed.
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Version 1.8.15
26cab40
26cab40
02 July 2006
That doesn't really answer my question. Why is it listed as UB, when it isn't UB ?
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Version 1.8.15
Apgiuliano
Apgiuliano
02 July 2006
The What's New on the information page here, says the Helper only is a UB and if ANY part of any app is UB then it will be listed as such rather than the PPC regardless of the percentage of UB code to PPC People looking for such apps would end up not even finding this in their search. If that doesn't satiate your need for picking nits then address macupdate directly...
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Version 1.8.15
Anonymous
11 October 2004
It does say that Mac OS 10.1 is a requirement...
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Version 1.8.14
Bengt Soderberg
23 October 2003
When I use WhatRoute 1.8.11 it freezes my machine all the time. My iMac G3/400 is installed with MacOS 9.2.1
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Version 1.8.14
Anonymous
24 October 2002
this seems like a good program, but unfortunately I can't tell. It won't do anything that requires a packet to be sent back, because, to the exclusion of every other type of information, my company's router-based hardware firewall won't let Trace, Ping, or Finger have access to a server's responses to the program's query. I'm presuming that's what happens, because according to WhatRoute's Ping feature, my connection to the site i'm looking at right now doesn't exist at all. Too bad...
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Version 1.8
28 June 2002
Version 1.7 works fine with a Sonnet upgrade card "Crescendo G3 400/1M Specs" on a Power Macintosh 7100/80 using OS8.6 Version 1.8 Fails
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Version 1.8
Harry
19 December 2001
I think that it has all the features of a full-fledged network utility, and is more useful than many PC utilities for IP troubleshooting.
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Version 1.7
Anonymous
06 November 2000
A very cool piece of Software. Now I finally can see where my servers for which I am paying are really located.‡
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