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I'm not sure if this is possible, but I'm curious about what goes on beyond my local network. Is there any way I can produce a visual map beyond my local network?

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fyi, you can see what hops your connection goes through. Open a command prompt and type tracert google.com and hit enter –  Keltari Jan 27 '13 at 16:35
    
+1 That's pretty cool. Is there any way I can identify what kind of devices are being listed. would they all be servers or is it showing me routers/switches as well? –  WebweaverD Jan 27 '13 at 16:39
    
they are all routers. this site has a simple explanation of how it all works. computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/… –  Keltari Jan 27 '13 at 16:49
    
Great article. So presumably, the tracert ignores the initial query to the dns and just shows the path through various routers to it's final destination? –  WebweaverD Jan 27 '13 at 17:05
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Search for traceroute, which traces the route from your computer to another network address.

The original is a Linux command for the command line, but there are plenty of visual versions for many operating systems (including online versions)

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Thanks for the info, I'll do that. I had been using terms like network mapping to search on and was just getting local network mapping. I have ubuntu on a virtualbox, so a linux solution would be fine. Is there any particular program you would recommend? –  WebweaverD Jan 27 '13 at 16:42
    
You don't have to use Linux, there's plenty of Windows versions. I usually just use the command line version (tracert in Windows does the same thing). –  parkydr Jan 27 '13 at 16:54
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