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The way to accomplish this obviously depends on the operating system.

  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion
  • Ubuntu 12.4

Choose one of the above (preferably all 3), and explain how:

You would find out how your computer connects to www.google.at. Include and list every piece of hardware (router, proxy ...) your packets "touch".

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I ignore the computer and follow the wires. –  Zoredache Oct 25 '12 at 8:22
It may be wireless though :( But still .... it works ;) –  Nikolaidis Fotis Oct 25 '12 at 8:24
You might get more helpful homework answers if you wereat least honest that this is a homework question. –  symcbean Oct 25 '12 at 8:30
This is not a homework question. I'm just interested but thanks for the hostility. –  sytycs Oct 25 '12 at 8:31
@sytycs: Please read our FAQ. This is a site for pro sysadmins. –  SvW Oct 25 '12 at 8:41
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You destroy sequentially all the devices in the neighbourhood until you lose your connection. The last device you destroyed, is your gateway to the internet.

use traceroute, nmap, ping ... and other similar tools to accomplish that (They are common in every OS )
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thanks, traceroute was actually what I was looking for. –  sytycs Oct 29 '12 at 20:51
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You can utilize another method which is not dependent on a specific operating system.

  1. Locate the network interface on your local machine and take a note on a piece of paper.
  2. From the network interface, follow the cable until you reach its destination. Take another note on your piece of paper.
  3. Locate the upstream interface on the device and follow the cable to its destination. Take note.
  4. Repeat steps 2 to 3 until you have arrived at the endpoint (e.g. www.google.at).

The result you end up with is a piece of paper with a systematic list of the route your packets "touch" from a local computer to its destination.

In step 3 you might need to locate a network administrator for a more detailed description on where any packet is routed.

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You are very funny. –  sytycs Oct 25 '12 at 8:35
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