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Traceroute is a useful tool that can give insight into the topology and geography of the network between your device and a remote webpage, host, etc. It also shows the raw latency (ping) between your device and the first hop TCP/IP router on the network. Whereas sites like speedtest show the ping between your device and their server in who-knows-where.

 

Let's post our traceroutes from our Sprint devices to some common mobile websites (m.google.com, m.yahoo.com) and see how they compare in various parts of the country. I did two traceroutes while on LTE from my iPhone, one to Google and one to Yahoo. Be sure you disable Wi-fi before you do the traceroute. I used a cheap app called IT Tools ($0.99) to do the traceroute on my iPhone 5. But there are free ones available.

 

For consistency purposes, I recommend you traceroute directly to the same IP addresses my traceroutes used, since various parts of the country may use DNS to resolve target IP addresses in a different geographical location.

 

I'm in Austin, TX. My phone's IP address according to its interface table is 51.127.74.x and according to www.whatismyip.com it is 66.87.98.173. I'm about 1000 feet from my tower with my iPhone's signal strength showing -82 (aka 4 or 5ish "bars")

 

google - 9 iterations


traceroute to m.google.com (74.125.140.193), 64 hops max, 56 byte packets
1  sent:9 loss:0% last:30.132 ms avg:30.148 ms
10.148.36.109
2  sent:9 loss:0% last:31.378 ms avg:33.102 ms
10.148.37.73
3  sent:9 loss:0% last:31.671 ms avg:35.49 ms
10.158.207.157
4  sent:9 loss:44.4% last:39.579 ms avg:37.77 ms
10.158.207.153
5  sent:9 loss:0% last:37.74 ms avg:36.324 ms
68.28.181.69
6  sent:9 loss:0% last:34.538 ms avg:57.248 ms
sl-crs3-fw-.sprintlink.net (144.228.109.9)
7  sent:9 loss:0% last:35.364 ms avg:38.376 ms
144.232.11.180
8  sent:9 loss:0% last:92.194 ms avg:45.749 ms
144.232.25.198
9  sent:9 loss:0% last:35.156 ms avg:43.811 ms
72.14.233.67
10  sent:9 loss:0% last:38.256 ms avg:48.43 ms
72.14.237.221
72.14.237.217
11  sent:9 loss:0% last:59.839 ms avg:58.647 ms
209.85.240.83
209.85.240.81
12  sent:8 loss:0% last:60.326 ms avg:63.575 ms
209.85.248.31
209.85.248.29
209.85.248.57
13  sent:8 loss:100% last:0 ms avg:0 ms
14  sent:8 loss:0% last:58.614 ms avg:67.883 ms
ye-in-f193.1e100.net (74.125.140.193)

yahoo - 32 iterations

traceroute to m.yahoo.com (209.191.96.99), 64 hops max, 56 byte packets
1  sent:33 loss:0% last:32.607 ms avg:39.101 ms
10.148.36.109
2  sent:33 loss:0% last:29.243 ms avg:33.093 ms
10.148.37.77
3  sent:33 loss:0% last:38.868 ms avg:35.506 ms
10.158.207.157
4  sent:33 loss:12.1% last:38.542 ms avg:40.582 ms
10.158.207.153
5  sent:33 loss:0% last:35.382 ms avg:36.152 ms
68.28.181.69
6  sent:33 loss:0% last:38.624 ms avg:40.726 ms
sl-crs3-fw-.sprintlink.net (144.228.109.9)
7  sent:33 loss:0% last:42.728 ms avg:48.217 ms
144.232.11.210
8  sent:32 loss:0% last:36.135 ms avg:43.818 ms
144.232.24.30
9  sent:32 loss:0% last:95.774 ms avg:44.656 ms
ae-4-90.edge3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.200)
10  sent:32 loss:0% last:40.504 ms avg:40.655 ms
yahoo-inc.edge3.dallas1.level3.net (4.79.182.2)
11  sent:32 loss:0% last:40.661 ms avg:43.8 ms
ae-2-d131.msr2.mud.yahoo.com (216.115.104.95)
ae-1-d131.msr2.mud.yahoo.com (216.115.104.87)
ae-1-d121.msr1.mud.yahoo.com (216.115.104.83)
ae-2-d121.msr1.mud.yahoo.com (216.115.104.91)
12  sent:32 loss:0% last:42.541 ms avg:40.765 ms
te-7-1.fab1-a-gdc.mud.yahoo.com (209.191.78.131)
te-7-2.fab1-a-gdc.mud.yahoo.com (209.191.78.147)
te-6-2.fab2-a-gdc.mud.yahoo.com (209.191.78.153)
te-7-1.fab2-a-gdc.mud.yahoo.com (209.191.78.139)
13  sent:32 loss:0% last:35.663 ms avg:39.504 ms
unknown-66-94-233-x.yahoo.com (66.94.233.237)
unknown-66-94-233-x.yahoo.com (66.94.233.239)
14  sent:32 loss:0% last:36.077 ms avg:41.989 ms
r4.ycpi.vip.mud.yahoo.net (209.191.96.99)

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Should I link to my mid-July traceroutes from my LTE testing in Fort Worth? :)

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A couple miles west of Fredericksburg, TX, tethering my GSIII via TrevEMod AndroidWiFiTether because Sprint's OLAM is being stupid...and it looks like speeds are higher this way...

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traceroute to s4gru.com (50.28.75.70), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
1  [AS28513] 192.168.2.254 (192.168.2.254)  4.167 ms  1.846 ms  2.129 ms
2  [AS65534] 10.156.76.109 (10.156.76.109)  50.875 ms  34.345 ms  46.806 ms
3  [AS65534] 10.156.77.77 (10.156.77.77)  43.913 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.73 (10.156.77.73)  49.793 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.77 (10.156.77.77)  52.192 ms
4  [AS65534] 10.32.144.10 (10.32.144.10)  42.398 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.14 (10.32.144.14)  44.164 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.10 (10.32.144.10)  39.241 ms
5  [AS65534] 10.156.76.198 (10.156.76.198)  39.823 ms  63.242 ms  52.672 ms
6  [AS65534] 10.156.76.193 (10.156.76.193)  35.919 ms  35.550 ms  39.924 ms
7  [AS0] 66.1.76.243 (66.1.76.243)  41.845 ms  42.870 ms
[AS0] 66.1.76.242 (66.1.76.242)  50.677 ms
8  [AS0] sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)  42.346 ms
[AS0] sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)  37.490 ms  48.543 ms
9  [AS0] 144.232.1.76 (144.232.1.76)  48.789 ms
[AS0] sl-crs2-fw-0-2-0-2.sprintlink.net (144.232.19.86)  72.051 ms
[AS0] sl-crs1-fw-0-1-5-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.18.249)  67.240 ms
10  [AS0] 144.232.1.163 (144.232.1.163)  67.710 ms
[AS0] 144.232.1.161 (144.232.1.161)  51.135 ms  58.573 ms
11  [AS0] 144.232.25.188 (144.232.25.188)  60.801 ms
[AS0] 144.232.11.178 (144.232.11.178)  54.022 ms
[AS0] 144.232.11.210 (144.232.11.210)  53.121 ms
12  [AS0] 144.232.25.90 (144.232.25.90)  55.290 ms  68.947 ms  57.474 ms
13  [AS0] dpr1-ge-2-0-0.dallasequinix.savvis.net (204.70.204.146)  63.899 ms  61.480 ms  59.512 ms
14  [AS0] cr2-tengige0-7-5-0.dallas.savvis.net (204.70.196.29)  61.961 ms  46.656 ms  58.797 ms
15  [AS0] cr1-te-0-2-0-0.chd.savvis.net (204.70.194.73)  88.542 ms  91.825 ms  87.293 ms
16  [AS0] ber1-te-1-0-0.chicagoequinix.savvis.net (204.70.196.22)  80.591 ms  80.942 ms  93.828 ms
17  [AS0] 208.173.176.222 (208.173.176.222)  80.569 ms  83.858 ms  97.191 ms
18  [AS32244] lw-dc2-core4-te9-1.rtr.liquidweb.com (209.59.157.226)  89.894 ms  94.465 ms  97.009 ms
19  [AS32244] lw-dc3-dist14.rtr.liquidweb.com (69.167.128.79)  99.734 ms  97.869 ms  91.643 ms
20  [AS32244] 69.167.128.70 (69.167.128.70)  93.749 ms  91.852 ms  90.531 ms
21  * * *
22  * *^C

 


traceroute to 4.2.2.4 (4.2.2.4), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
1  [AS28513] 192.168.2.254 (192.168.2.254)  4.722 ms  3.972 ms  1.862 ms
2  [AS65534] 10.156.76.109 (10.156.76.109)  35.168 ms  38.359 ms  39.909 ms
3  [AS65534] 10.156.77.73 (10.156.77.73)  42.348 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.77 (10.156.77.77)  46.816 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.73 (10.156.77.73)  40.877 ms
4  [AS65534] 10.32.144.14 (10.32.144.14)  42.017 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.10 (10.32.144.10)  40.798 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.14 (10.32.144.14)  36.112 ms
5  [AS65534] 10.156.76.198 (10.156.76.198)  39.102 ms  41.974 ms  39.713 ms
6  [AS65534] 10.156.76.193 (10.156.76.193)  40.528 ms  41.669 ms  53.557 ms
7  [AS0] 66.1.76.242 (66.1.76.242)  47.445 ms  41.084 ms  53.205 ms
8  [AS0] sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)  39.006 ms
[AS0] sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)  40.542 ms
[AS0] sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)  42.086 ms
9  [AS0] sl-crs2-fw-0-1-5-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.18.251)  48.446 ms
[AS0] sl-crs2-fw-0-2-0-2.sprintlink.net (144.232.19.86)  58.324 ms
[AS0] sl-crs1-fw-0-1-5-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.18.249)  59.018 ms
10  [AS0] 144.232.1.163 (144.232.1.163)  60.653 ms  48.780 ms
[AS0] 144.232.1.161 (144.232.1.161)  57.875 ms
11  [AS0] 144.232.25.188 (144.232.25.188)  53.208 ms
[AS0] 144.232.11.178 (144.232.11.178)  58.633 ms  79.378 ms
12  [AS0] 144.232.24.18 (144.232.24.18)  73.200 ms  63.148 ms  52.022 ms
13  [AS3356] ae-1-60.edge3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.8)  61.298 ms
[AS3356] ae-2-70.edge3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.72)  58.679 ms  53.319 ms
14  [AS3356] d.resolvers.level3.net (4.2.2.4)  54.696 ms  56.860 ms  45.587 ms

 


1  [AS28513] 192.168.2.254 (192.168.2.254)  4.305 ms  3.578 ms  1.820 ms
2  [AS65534] 10.156.76.109 (10.156.76.109)  33.945 ms  45.723 ms  42.071 ms
3  [AS65534] 10.156.77.73 (10.156.77.73)  41.034 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.77 (10.156.77.77)  43.722 ms
[AS65534] 10.156.77.73 (10.156.77.73)  38.017 ms
4  [AS65534] 10.32.144.14 (10.32.144.14)  37.707 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.10 (10.32.144.10)  45.018 ms
[AS65534] 10.32.144.14 (10.32.144.14)  37.840 ms
5  [AS65534] 10.156.76.198 (10.156.76.198)  36.075 ms  44.898 ms  39.840 ms
6  [AS65534] 10.156.76.193 (10.156.76.193)  39.559 ms  45.893 ms  40.377 ms
7  [AS0] 66.1.76.243 (66.1.76.243)  41.466 ms  37.829 ms
[AS0] 66.1.76.242 (66.1.76.242)  54.308 ms
8  [AS0] sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)  45.677 ms
[AS0] sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)  49.360 ms
[AS0] sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)  37.678 ms
9  [AS0] sl-crs1-fw-0-1-5-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.18.249)  67.391 ms
[AS0] 144.232.1.78 (144.232.1.78)  51.198 ms
[AS0] sl-crs2-fw-0-14-0-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.6.116)  70.877 ms
10  [AS0] 144.232.1.161 (144.232.1.161)  52.153 ms
[AS0] 144.232.1.163 (144.232.1.163)  45.431 ms
[AS0] 144.232.1.161 (144.232.1.161)  46.746 ms
11  [AS0] 144.232.11.178 (144.232.11.178)  56.755 ms
[AS0] 144.232.11.210 (144.232.11.210)  66.894 ms
[AS0] 144.232.11.178 (144.232.11.178)  51.534 ms
12  [AS0] 144.232.24.18 (144.232.24.18)  59.556 ms
[AS0] 144.232.24.30 (144.232.24.30)  46.053 ms
[AS0] 144.232.24.18 (144.232.24.18)  64.612 ms
13  [AS3356] softlayer-t.edge2.dallas3.level3.net (4.59.36.94)  65.248 ms  57.269 ms  53.896 ms
14  [AS36351] ae5.dar02.sr01.dal05.networklayer.com (173.192.18.217)  52.430 ms  66.318 ms  70.729 ms
15  * * *
16  [AS36351] speedtest.dal05.softlayer.com (173.192.68.18)  168.132 ms  45.851 ms  57.905 ms

 

I can't find a site that I can trace to in Houston that doesn't double back to Dallas first...guess Sprint doesn't have many corporate customers in HOU anymore.

 

The connection looks quite jittery from the traceroutes, but it's incedibly usable, especially considering that it's over 10x faster on downloads than my parents' DSL connection (Verizon, 1.5M down, 384k up...it's all we can get this far out) and over 20x faster on uploads.

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The hosts you traced to make a lot more sense, iansltx.

 

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traceroute to 4.2.2.4 (4.2.2.4), 64 hops max, 56 byte packets
1  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:32.178 ms avg:90.284 ms
10.156.76.109
2  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:37.712 ms avg:92.992 ms
10.156.77.77
3  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:35.104 ms avg:75.598 ms
10.32.144.14
4  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:42.629 ms avg:74.587 ms
10.156.76.198
5  sent:26 loss:11.5% last:39.756 ms avg:69.021 ms
10.156.76.193
6  sent:26 loss:11.5% last:35.785 ms avg:56.32 ms
66.1.76.242
66.1.76.243
7  sent:26 loss:11.5% last:42.332 ms avg:51.125 ms
sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)
sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)
8  sent:26 loss:11.5% last:50.096 ms avg:62.911 ms
sl-crs2-fw-0-2-0-2.sprintlink.net (144.232.19.86)
sl-crs1-fw-0-14-0-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.4.32)
9  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:53.249 ms avg:134.595 ms
144.232.1.161
144.232.1.163
10  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:54.753 ms avg:127.473 ms
144.232.11.210
144.232.11.178
11  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:52.784 ms avg:131.694 ms
144.232.24.30
12  sent:26 loss:7.7% last:57.668 ms avg:122.757 ms
ae-3-80.edge3.dallas1.level3.net (4.69.145.136)
13  sent:25 loss:8% last:48.203 ms avg:110.48 ms
d.resolvers.level3.net (4.2.2.4)


traceroute to s4gru.com (50.28.75.70), 64 hops max, 56 byte packets
1  sent:12 loss:0% last:29.375 ms avg:47.102 ms
10.156.76.109
2  sent:12 loss:0% last:41.331 ms avg:37.179 ms
10.156.77.73
3  sent:12 loss:0% last:33.418 ms avg:33.888 ms
10.32.144.10
4  sent:12 loss:0% last:34.147 ms avg:35.711 ms
10.156.76.198
5  sent:12 loss:25% last:35.242 ms avg:36.503 ms
10.156.76.193
6  sent:12 loss:0% last:36.355 ms avg:39.449 ms
66.1.76.242
66.1.76.243
7  sent:12 loss:0% last:36.511 ms avg:39.858 ms
sl-crs1-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.45)
sl-crs2-hou-.sprintlink.net (144.228.11.49)
8  sent:12 loss:0% last:44.639 ms avg:47.024 ms
sl-crs1-fw-0-12-0-2.sprintlink.net (144.232.9.80)
sl-crs2-fw-0-14-0-0.sprintlink.net (144.232.6.116)
9  sent:12 loss:0% last:45.044 ms avg:44.366 ms
144.232.1.161
144.232.1.163
10  sent:12 loss:0% last:50.26 ms avg:75.652 ms
144.232.11.178
144.232.11.210
11  sent:12 loss:0% last:49.303 ms avg:59.087 ms
144.232.25.90
12  sent:12 loss:0% last:45.957 ms avg:66.884 ms
pr2-ge-7-0-0.daq.savvis.net (204.70.207.182)
13  sent:12 loss:0% last:46.693 ms avg:48.858 ms
cr1-tengig0-7-5-0.dallas.savvis.net (204.70.200.170)
14  sent:12 loss:0% last:78.524 ms avg:77.645 ms
cr1-te-0-2-0-0.chd.savvis.net (204.70.194.73)
15  sent:12 loss:0% last:78.174 ms avg:88.009 ms
ber1-te-4-4.chq.savvis.net (206.28.96.30)
16  sent:12 loss:0% last:81.439 ms avg:86.484 ms
208.173.176.222
17  sent:12 loss:0% last:86.295 ms avg:83.565 ms
lw-dc2-core4-te9-1.rtr.liquidweb.com (209.59.157.226)
18  sent:11 loss:0% last:91.221 ms avg:97.959 ms
lw-dc3-dist14.rtr.liquidweb.com (69.167.128.79)
19  sent:11 loss:0% last:76.717 ms avg:79.174 ms
69.167.128.70
20  sent:11 loss:0% last:95.785 ms avg:101.264 ms
ap04.lw.ipslink.com (50.28.75.70)

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