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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 attached document contains all the screen shots and the explanations (these may not appear correctly here).
Hope this helps. Please remember that these are not your screen shots, so be careful if you are trying to use it as a direct submission. You are strongly advised to create your own screen shots, by looking at these.

Figure 1. Output screen shot showing ipconfig /all

Figure 1 shows the output screen when the command ipconfig /all has been issued.
It shows several important information:
The host name is "LittleLaptop", which is the name of the windows machine. It's wireless adapter is a 802.11n WiFi card. DHCP is enabled, so the IP address is automatically issued by the DHCP server. The IP address that has been assigned to this machine is The subnet mask specifies that it is a class C ...