One of the first things that I do whenever a connection to a host is not established is to run a basic tracert command on the command line just to find out where the problem may lie.
There are other ways to do so, for instance by using an online service to check whether a domain is up or not.
PingHurry is a free program for the Windows operating system that adds an interface to network related command line tools.
Note: The application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to run. It is free for personal and commercial use.
While it can run ping and trace route commands, it can do a lot more than that.
The main program window displays a target field at the top. It accepts IP addresses and host names and starts to ping the selected address in one second intervals once you hit the start button.
The results are displayed on a graph below with options to switch it to text results instead if you prefer it that way.
It is possible to change the ping interval and the time the ping command is run right there as well.
A list of tools and options is displayed at the bottom of the interface.
The target tasks use the entered hostname or IP address by default with no option to change that other than to enter a different target in the field at the top.
There is also a quick commands tab at the top that you can switch to. It lists command line tools such as tracert.exe, ipconfig.exe or arp.exe. If you click on a tool, a command prompt is opened with usage information displayed right there so that all parameters of the command are displayed right on the screen.
PingHurry offers two core features: it combines access to several tools in a single interface and visualizes the output directly in its interface.
While it does not add anything that is not provided by the operating system itself, making available all those commands and tools in a single interface may appeal to some users.
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