How to use Windows TCP/IP networking utilities

Take screens shots of the following results of using TCP/IP utilities

Open a Command Prompt (MS-DOS Prompt) window and complete the following activities. As always, be sure to cite any sources you use in your response.

Type in ipconfig /all and hit enter. Give a short blurb on each major parameter returned. How could you get the same information graphically in Windows XP or Windows Vista?

Ping Yahoo ( and then Google ( What might cause a time difference in responses? What might cause no response to a ping? Cite as a few possible causes.

What does arp do? Type in arp -a. What is in your arp cache? What does this tell you about the path of your pings to Yahoo and Google?

Assume you cannot ping "". Type in tracert "". What if this trace only got as far a Los Angelos and then quit. What are some possible reasons that packets only got as far as LA?

What if you cannot ping "" by name, but you can ping it by IP address. What might cause this problem? How might you fix this problem?

What if you could not connect to any Web site? You go to command prompt and type in ipconfig /all. The IP address returned starts with 169.254. What does this tell you? How could you try to solve this problem from a command prompt? How could you try to solve this problem using a GUI?

Place all your screen shots and explanations in a Word document.

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.... The default gateway is, which is also the DHCP, as well as the Domain Name Service (DNS) server. Finally, it mentions when the IP address lease was obtained, and for how long it has been acquired.

The same information can be accessed in Windows from the network connection panel by right-clicking on a connection and selecting Status.

Figure 2. Ping comparison of and

Figure 2 shows a ping comparison of and It clearly shows that the round trip time (RTT) for (65ms) is much less than (274ms). The large difference in ping RTT could possibly due to distant location of the server. Sometimes there is no response for one or more of the pings sent. This may be due to network outage, packet drops due to congestion, no ...